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Lief Segerstam: Symphonies Nos. 81, 162 & 181

> Symphony No. 81, "After Eighty…" - Symphony No. 81, "After Eighty…"
> Symphony No. 162, "Doubling the Number for Bergen!" - Symphony No. 162, "Doubling the Number for Bergen!"
> Symphony No. 181, "Names itself when played…" - Symphony No. 181, "Names itself when played…"

Album Summary

>Segerstam, Leif : Symphony no 81 "After Eighty..."
>Segerstam, Leif : Symphony no 162 "Doubling the Number for Bergen!"
>Segerstam, Leif : Symphony no 181 "Names itself when played... = (raising the number with 100 for Bergen)"
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new CD profiles acclaimed Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam as an equally inspired composer who has written nearly 250 symphonies to this date. Featured are three one-movement symphonies that form a kind of 'Bergen trilogy': No. 81 'After Eighty... ' (2002), No. 162 'Doubling the Number for Bergen... ' (2006), and No. 181 'Names itself when played... (raising the number with 100 for Bergen)' (2007). Segerstam's genius as a composer deploys itself through a unique notation technique: the score leaves a lot of freedom to the performers and yet requires no conductor for the orchestra. Hence, each performance turns into a unique listening experience. These works are dedicated to and performed live on this disc by the reputed Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

American Record Guide
I wish there were more details on the mechanics of how these pieces were put together. As music, these realizations (all from concerts) are "interesting" in the usual sense of that term. Segerstam, a brilliant musician who has given us superb recordings of the music of Pettersson and Rautavaara, among others, has opened up a provocative if not necessarily satisfying path for listeners and composers and all interested in highly unusual new orchestral music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway.



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Works Details

>Segerstam, Leif : Symphony no 81 "After Eighty..."
  • Running Time: 25 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2002
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Segerstam, Leif : Symphony no 162 "Doubling the Number for Bergen!"
  • Running Time: 23 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Segerstam, Leif : Symphony no 181 "Names itself when played... = (raising the number with 100 for Bergen)"
  • Running Time: 22 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007
  • Studio/Live: Live