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Pettersson: Symphonies no 5 & 16 / Francis, Kelly

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> Symphony No. 5 - Symphony No. 5
> Symphony No. 16 - I. Frenetico -
> Symphony No. 16 - II. Cantabile espressivo -
> Symphony No. 16 - III. —
> Symphony No. 16 - IV. —

Album Summary

>Pettersson, Allan : Symphony no 5
>Pettersson, Allan : Symphony no 16, for alto saxophone and orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone
these new releases from the German company CPO, all recorded at fine live performances, will be warmly welcomed

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The orchestral playing is full of commitment, the account of the 40-minute Fifth (1960-62) sounding tremendously vivid; Francis has the edge over rival versions where it counts, in his overall view of this magnificent work. Yet the coupling - the last symphony the Swede completed - is better still. No 16 was written in 1979 for the American saxophonist Frederik Hemke.

Here Kelly, who has made some minor modifications to the solo part for reasons explained in the booklet (the ailing composer appears to have been uncertain of the instrument's range), glides through the hair-raising virtuosity with breathtaking ease. This is the kind of advocacy Pettersson, who never heard the work, can only have dreamed of. An excellent disc.



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Works Details

>Pettersson, Allan : Symphony no 5
  • Performer: John Kelly (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Ensemble: Saar Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des SR (03/06/1995-03/10/1995)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1960-1962

>Pettersson, Allan : Symphony no 16, for alto saxophone and orchestra
  • Performer: John Kelly (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Ensemble: Saar Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des SR (02/20/1995-02/22/1995)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1979