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Atterberg: Symphonies No 1 & 4 / Rasilainen, Frankfurt Rso


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999639   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt Atterberg
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kurt Atterberg's First Symphony proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there's more to Scandinavian music than Sibelius and Grieg. Although music lovers--and record collectors in particular--have been aware of this for some time, it's still worth pointing out because in terms of quality this music can withstand comparison with anything of its period (1910). A big, confidently Romantic piece in four exuberant movements, the First Symphony displays all of Atterberg's stylistic hallmarks to excellent effect: sweeping lyrical tunes, luscious orchestration, and frequent, dramatic climaxes capped by explosions of percussion. Best of all, the work never lapses for a moment into that lazy self-caricature that typifies his less inspired work (such Read more as the Piano Concerto, for example). Neither, for that matter, does the little Fourth Symphony, a charming, folk music-inspired light work that stands in relation to its more ambitious brethren rather like Shostakovich's similarly small-scaled Ninth. Both works receive passionate, wholly convincing advocacy from Ari Rasilainen and the Frankfurt orchestra, while the recording gives the music the glamour it demands. Yummy.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in B minor, Op. 3 by Kurt Atterberg
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1911; Sweden 
2. Symphony no 4 in G minor, Op. 14 "Sinfonia Piccola" by Kurt Atterberg
Conductor:  Ari Rasilainen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Sweden 

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