Atterberg: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 5'

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Atterberg: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 5'


Rickards, Guy, Gramophone


Atterberg

'Orchestral Works, Vol 5'

Symphonies--No 7, 'Sinfonia romantica', Op 45; No 9, 'Sinfonia visionaria', Op 54 (a)

(a) Anna Larsson mez (a) Olle Persson ter Gothenburg Symphony (a) Chorus and Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi

Chandos (F) [SACD]. CHSA5166 (63' * DDD/DSD * T/t)

After the success/ notoriety of his Sixth Symphony in 1928, only in 1941-42 did Atterberg return to the form. Much had changed: a global depression, a world war, the rise of the avant-garde--but not his style. The Seventh Symphony (rev 1972) is an 'opera-symphony', constructed from themes from the opera Fanal, set during the Peasants' War in 1525 like Mathis der Maler, but closer to Prokofiev's Third or Vaughan Williams's Fifth than the Hindemith or Henze's Fourth (from King Stag). It was originally in four movements, but Atterberg detached the Vittorioso finale as a separate piece (recorded on Vol 4, 4/16) in the 1960s. This left an effective and attractive tripartite design, 'Drammatico'--'Semplice'--'Feroce', but, even in Jarvi's vivid and vibrant account, it does not advance on the celebrated Dollar Symphony, No 6.

Atterberg remained a lifelong Romantic. In the mid-1950s he became marginalised as the music of the younger generation and Second Viennese School made ground. …

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