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Cat. No. CHSA 5116 Price: £11.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHSA 5116 - Atterberg, Orchestral Works, Volume 1
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Available From: 15 February 2013

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Atterberg: Symphonies Nos 4 and 6 etc. – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Back in 2010, Neeme Järvi commenced his Scandinavian project with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, offering up idiomatic performances of orchestral works by two of Norway’s best-loved composers, Johan Halvorsen and Johan Svendsen. Similar in its approach, this new survey turns to Norway’s neighbouring country, with Järvi conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in orchestral works by the Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg.

Atterberg was one of Sweden’s leading composers in the twentieth century, not to mention a conductor, critic, and founder of the Society of Swedish Composers. Largely self-taught, he developed a compositional style which initially owed much to Brahms and Alfvén, although he was more inclined to paint vivid, loosely structured melodic pictures than to adhere to the traditional classical frameworks. Tuneful, accessible, and fairly folkloristic too, Atterberg’s music became more impressionistic by World War I, and it was around this time that he composed most of the works on this download.

Reviews

"... It’s certainly attractive music-but Atterberg was good at that. It is songful and charming and rather Scandinavian, and it is played very beautifully by this great Swedish orchestra under Neeme Jarvi..."
Donald R Vroon - American Record Guide - November/December 2013

" ... highly recommended."
Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - September/October 2013

                     Music **** (Good)        Sound ***** (Very Good)
Thomas Schulz - Fono Forum magazine - October 2013

                     Artistic Quality 10                Sound Quality 10
"...This performance is as good as the best of them: spontaneous, impulsive, and exciting, and terrifically recorded in SACD multi-channel sound..."
 
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - July 2013

***** - Very Good
Remy Franck – Pizzicato magazine – June 2013 

“Recommended.”

Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – June 2013

                     *** - Good album
Jean-Luc Caron – Classica magazine – May 2013

"...an attractive mix that is always well-wrought, sometimes downright moving and always interesting..."
 
John France - MusicWeb-International.com - April 2013

                    Performance   ****      Recording *****
 
Michael Scott Rohan – BBC Music magazine – May 2013  

               Recording of the Month
"...This new album, with performances and recorded sound that place it ahead of the competition, has an adventurous programme including a coupling of two of his most appealing symphonies... Technicolor music in first class performances and recorded sound.
 
Ian Lace - MusicWeb-International.com - 13 March 2013

 "Neeme Järvi further channels his Scandinavian commitment with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra into something cherishable with these polished and idiosyncratic performances of orchestral pieces by one of Sweden’s most unusual composers... Atterberg’s Sixth Symphony (which in 1928 received a prize from the Columbia Gramophone Company for a piece ‘in the spirit of Schubert,’), is quintessential fare from the composer, and is immensely winning."

 
Barry Forshaw - CDChoice.co.uk - 31 March 2013

“... this is an engaging and useful release, and with playing of this quality, there seems every possibility that Järvi’s series could morph into the Atterburg cycle of choice.”
 
Michael Jameson – International Record Review – March 2013

                          Performance  *****           Sonics *****

“... In all these performances Neeme Järvi’s animated conducting style works to the advantage of the music. His spirited account of the fast music is most exhilarating, but while he maintains a urgent momentum he is always responsve to the many beauties and natural flow of the slow sections of these works. It goes without saying that the playing of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for their Principal Conductor Emeritus is totally idiomatic throughout. The engineers ... have achieved an open, clear and quite ravishing sound quality ... This is a most successful release of unfamiliar Scandinavian music that can be wholeheartedly recommended.”
 
Graham Williams – SA-CD.net – 20 February 2013
 

 

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