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Pettersson: Symphonies-No 4

Magazine article Gramophone

Pettersson: Symphonies-No 4

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Symphonies--No 4; No 16 (a)

(a) Jorgen Pettersson asax Norrkoping

Symphony Orchestra / Christian Lindberg

BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2110 (65' * DDD)

Bonus DVD includes 'Who the hell is Allan

Pettersson', a 1974 interview with English subtitles

The Lindberg-Pettersson project continues to go from strength to strength. After his revelatory recording of the Ninth Symphony (5/14), Lindberg now attends to No 4 (1958-59)--which initiated the compositional phase culminating in the Ninth--and No 16 (1979), probably his last fully completed work. They make a finely contrasted pair, neither perhaps holding to the stereotypical Petterssonian model.

The same strengths that informed earlier instalments in Lindberg's part of the cycle shine through once more here: a sure grasp of structure; attention to detail; and an unwavering, almost missionary zeal to communicate, burning scarcely less bright than did the composer's own. In No 4, the competition is fierce: Alun Francis's interpretation was one of the best of those he committed to CPO's incomplete compendium and remains a fine account, but Lindberg and the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra bring out the light and shade of one of Pettersson's more stylistically fractured scores, featuring radiant chorales, still more. …

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