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E Von Koch: Symphonies-No 3

Magazine article Gramophone

E Von Koch: Symphonies-No 3

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E von Koch

Symphonies--No 3, Op 28; No 4, 'Sinfonia seria'.

Op 51. Impulsi. Nordiskt capriccio, Op 26 (a)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra /Per Hammarstrom

BIS (F) BIS2169 (63' * DDD)

"Recorded live at Berwald Hall, Stockholm, May 2010

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Erland von Koch (1910-2009) was very prolific in a composing career lasting over eight decades. A number of his works have been recorded but not many have made a sustained impression outside Sweden; indeed, this is the first disc devoted to his music to be reviewed in these pages. I first encountered his music 40 years ago with Stig Westerberg's vibrant Swedish Radio recording (nla) of the wonderful Nordic Capriccio (1943), one of my favourite shorter Nordic works, which the orchestra recorded again with B Tommy Andersson in 1998 for Phono Suecia (still available). Per Hammarstrom, in his first recording, secures a performance--recorded live in 2010--that is if anything the tautest yet and wrings even more warmth from the lyrical second subject (based on a Dalecarlian folk tune). …

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