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Atterberg: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3'

Magazine article Gramophone

Atterberg: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 3'

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Atterberg

'Orchestral Works, Vol 3'

Symphonies--No 1, Op 3; No 5, 'Sinfonia funebre', Op 20

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi

Chandos (F) [SACD (Super Audio CD] CHSA5154 (63' * DDD/DSD)

This latest volume in Chandos's Atterberg survey concentrates, as did Vol 2 (3/14), on a contrasting pair of symphonies. The larger is his First (1909-11, revised a couple of years later), in the four expansive movements of which Atterberg's early style and influences--for instance, Sibelius in the scherzo--are laid out with disarming openness. If the familiar Romantic ardour and late-19th-century harmonic language are in evidence, what is missing, curiously, is the melodic freshness of the Second Symphony (1911-12)--though the main theme of the finale valiantly, if a touch frustratingly, foreshadows the later work.

Nonetheless, the First Symphony is a rewarding listen, especially in this full-blooded account from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and Neeme Jarvi has the measure of the composer's style, not letting the occasional structural awkwardnesses get in the way. …

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