Notes & Reviews:
This release completes the important BIS survey of Allan Pettersson's profound and deeply moving symphonies. The longest in duration of Pettersson's symphonies, composed during a time of increasing debilitation. The Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, led by Christian Lindberg, has garnered critical acclaim for this cycle. Bonus DVD: an 81-minute documentary about the composer made for Sveriges Television by Peter Berggren. English subtitles. Hybrid 5.0 Surround Sound Super Audio CD.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
Pettersson's longest symphony becomes a focused 70-minute rollercoaster in Lindberg's hands. Comes with fascinating DVD bonus of a 1970s Swedish documentary on the composer.
Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
This disc is a revelation...Lindberg and the Norrkoping players make these come to life in ways that eluded their rival...with BIS's fabulous sound, [the disc] is not just Lindberg's finest Pettersson recording but one of the finest anyone has committed to disc...The Swedish master has found his champion at last.
International Record Review, May 2014
Demanding and even overbearing it may be, [but] the Ninth Symphony is completely and convincingly realized on its own terms....What makes this...an indispensable acquisition is the inclusion of the 80-minute documentary Vox Humana...Trenchant and combative but never self-pitying in manner, the composer's recollections are rounded out by those of family and colleagues.
American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Lindberg's introduction to the film, and to the subject in general. He apparently financed the release of the film himself, and I think we should all be grateful. As his Pettersson Project continues to unfold, I hope it will serve to let more people in to this unparalleled music.
Recording information: Louis De Geer Concert Hall, Norrköping, Sweden (01/2013).
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Works DetailsPettersson, Allan : Symphony no 9
- Conductor: Christian Lindberg
- Ensemble: Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1970