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Allan Pettersson - Symphonies Nos 5 & 7

Composer Allan Pettersson
Performer Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2240 SACD
EAN 7318599922409
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2018
Total time 82'48

A characteristic trait in Allan Pettersson’s music is the use of strong contrasts – shifts between an enormous intensity and calm relaxation, between complex and violently dissonant passages and peaceful, simple melodies and harmonies. This certainly&&& applies to both works recorded here by the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Christian Lindberg – the composer’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies. Premièred in 1963 and 1968 respectively, these two symphonies contributed substantially to Pettersson’s public standing during the 1960s. The Fifth earned him the music prize of the newspaper Expressen, while at the same time Pettersson’s extensive use of traditional harmony, particularly in the slow ending of the work, caused a number of commentators to criticize it as ‘outmoded’. In 1964, the symphony probably contributed to Pettersson being selected as one of the first recipients of a public remuneration scheme for composers which guaranteed them a lifelong minimum income. Four years later, the first performance of Symphony No. 7 was conducted by Antal Doráti, the dedicatee of the work. The event is often described as Pettersson’s ‘breakthrough’, and Doráti’s recording of the work in 1969 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra earned the performers and the composer a ‘Swedish Grammy’ Award each. Pettersson’s Seventh remains the most recorded and most frequently performed of all of his works. It is heard on disc in a performance from what are widely regarded as the leading Pettersson interpreters of our time.
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  Allan Pettersson
  Symphony No. 5 (1960–62) 41'00
01 Beginning 6'28
02 Figure 17 5'51
03 Figure 43 18'13
04 Figure 129 10'28
  Symphony No. 7 (1966–67) 41'40
05 Beginning 2'38
06 Bar 53 4'51
07 Bar 172 4'25
08 Bar 255 3'01
09 Bar 311 4'36
10 Bar 389 2'22
11 Bar 432 0'56
12 Bar 450 3'07
13 Bar 512 5'16
14 Bar 564 2'36
15 Bar 613 1'57
16 Bar 648 2'25
17 Bar 707 3'30
  Album total 82'48
ComposerPettersson, Allan
ConductorLindberg, Christian
OrchestraNorrköping Symphony Orchestra

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