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Kurt Atterburg (1887-1974): Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9 / Anna larsson, soprano; Olle Persson, baritone;

Album Summary

>Atterberg, Kurt : Symphony no 7 ("Sinfonia Romantica"), Op. 45
>Atterberg, Kurt : Symphony no 9, Op. 54
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new release is the final installment in Chandos' Atterberg series with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Jarvi. This volume features two rarely performed centuries from the later years of Atterberg's career. The seventh century is featured first in its final form which consists of three movements. While it was composed in 1942 with four movements, it didn't reach its final shape until 1969 when Atterberg removed the last movement. The ninth symphony was regarded by the composer as "evil." He set parts of the Icelandic poem "Volupsa" which tells of how evil came into the world and how it will eventually cause total destruction. The work is a single movement large-scale rondo form.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
JSrvi and his Gothenburg forces produce exemplary performances, strong in interpretative outline... [and] vividly recorded.

MusicWeb International, October 2016
[JSrvi] is well inside the composer's language.


"A Symphony Of Evil"
Maestro Jarvi is at his best with these emotion-charged Post-Romantic canvases. As one might expect, he extracts every ounce of drama and passion in these 2 symphonies of Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974). Both contain a profusion of robust thematic ideas, textures and colors. No. 7 is the more immediately appealing of the two. Its tone is heady and affirmative, the working out of ideas meticulous. It grows in stature with repeated contact. Referred to as “a symphony of evil” by its composer, No. 9 is ambitious in scope, extravagant in its scoring. Ten years separate it from No. 7. Atterberg’s vision has become darker, apocalyptic. The writing is knottier, the harmonic language significantly broadened. Despite his lack of regard for Schoenberg’s theoretical system, Atterberg prominently employs a twelve tone motive, in essence an aural equivalent of evil. The text is derived from Voluspa the notable 10th century Icelandic creation poem prophesizing the end of the world. It’s a fascinating piece well worth the effort required for its full appreciation. Under Maestro Jarvi’s masterful direction, the piece is vividly brought to life. Soloists, chorus and, of course, the wonderful Gothenburg SO give it their all. Utilizing an indigenous production team, Chandos has delivered one of its finest sounding discs, stunning in its presence and impact, most especially in the Super Audio format. Program notes and packaging are up to the usual high standards of this label.
Submitted on 12/02/16 by Allen Cohen 
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>Atterberg, Kurt : Symphony no 7 ("Sinfonia Romantica"), Op. 45
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Atterberg, Kurt : Symphony no 9, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1956