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Stenhammar - Symphony No.2

Composer Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2329 SACD
EAN 7318599923291
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Jul 2018
Total time 58'23

Considered to be one of the great Nordic symphonies of its time, Wilhelm Stenhammar's Symphony No. 2 in G minor was a long time in the making. Stenhammar the conductor and pianist was a leading figure in the musical life of Sweden and Scandinavia, but in his role as composer he struggled with self-doubt, feeling that his knowledge of musical theory was insufficient. In 1910 he decided to address this perceived shortcoming, and began an intensive study of counterpoint which included setting himself several thousand assignments over the following decade. At the same time, between 1911 and 1915, Stenhammar composed his G minor symphony, and against this background it is hardly surprising that it displays his preoccupation with counterpoint, its final movement a grandiose double fugue.

If the symphony is one of Stenhammar’s most celebrated works, his music for Strindberg’s A Dream Play is one of the least-known. It was composed for a production of Strindberg’s existential drama in 1916, a year after the completion of the Symphony. Rarely performed after that, the music was arranged into a concert version in 1970 by Hilding Rosenberg. Christian Lindberg and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra have previously recorded Stenhammar’s Serenade to critical acclaim: the disc was named Disc of the Week on Danish Radio, received a recommendation on German website Klassik-Heute and was selected Recording of the Month on MusicWeb-International.
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  Wilhelm Stenhammar
  Symphony No.2 in G minor, Op. 34 45'51
01 I. Allegro energico 12'05
02 II. Andante 9'29
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro, ma non troppo presto 8'03
04 IV. Finale. Sostenuto — Allegro vivace alla breve 16'14
  Music for ‘A Dream Play’ by August Strindberg 
05 Music for ‘A Dream Play’ by August Strindberg 11'30
  Album total 58'23
ComposerStenhammar, Wilhelm
OrchestraAntwerp Symphony Orchestra
ConductorLindberg, Christian

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