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Larsson: God In Disguise, Etc / Warren-green, Kohn, Et Al


Release Date: 06/24/2003 
Label:  Intim Musik   Catalog #: 82   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lars-Erik Larsson
Performer:  Jeanette KöhnSven WollterThomas Lander
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jonkoping Chamber ChoirJonkoping Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tumultuous times in history often produce significant cultural achievements. This is the story of one. As director of the radio drama department of the Swedish Broadcasting Company between 1936 and 1950, the poet Hjalmar Gullberg (1898-1961) was the prime mover behind various interdisciplinary cultural projects. When composer Lars-Erik Larsson was employed as music producer, conductor and composer in residence at Swedish Broadcasting in 1937, he and Gullberg began to collaborate. At the time, there was only one radio station in Sweden, and for its first two decades poetry was often recited alternatively with short musical interludes. Lars-Erik Larsson made various radio programs of this type, which became known as lyrical suites, with such Read more titles as Late Leaves of Autumn and Times of Day. The latter formed the basis for his much-loved Pastoral Suite. At the 1938 Swedish Radio Christmas party, Gullberg and Larsson were talking and Gullberg suggested that the lyrical suite might be further developed into a more complete work for soloists, recitation, choir and orchestra. He proposed that Larsson might compose a poetic suite based on a long poem from his own 1933 collection of poems, Love in the Twentieth Century, a piece he had called A God in Disguise. Time passed before Larsson had the opportunity to compose music to the text. The work did not crystallize until spring 1940, at which time the shadow of Nazi Germany was spreading over a defenseless Europe. The debut performance of the work was broadcast live on Swedish Radio on April 1, 1940, the composer conducting. The combination of Gullberg's musical poetry and Larsson's deceptively simple melodies highlighted the underlying protests in the text against the increasing violence in the world. It allowed listeners then, and still helps listeners today, feel optimism in the face of despair. The work was an instant success and has become one of the most frequently performed 20th century Swedish compositions. This disc contains the first recording of the work with the text in English, diligently translated in 1990 by the British composer John Hearne. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Förklädd gud, Op 24 by Lars-Erik Larsson
Performer:  Jeanette Köhn (Soprano), Sven Wollter (Spoken Vocals), Thomas Lander (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jonkoping Chamber Choir,  Jonkoping Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Sweden 
2.
A winters tale, Op. 18 by Lars-Erik Larsson
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jonkoping Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Sweden 
3.
Little Serenade for Strings, Op. 12 by Lars-Erik Larsson
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jonkoping Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Sweden 
4.
Pastoral Suite, Op. 19 by Lars-Erik Larsson
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jonkoping Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Sweden 

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