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No, no: we would never suggest that the music of the Swedish composer Dag Wirén (1905-1986) was in the slightest bit avant-garde. On the contrary, he always strove to write music which, while certainly novel, made for pleasant listening, without either dogma, or pedagogy, or a particular method. His oeuvre, more remarkable for its quality than its quantity, contains five symphonies, of which the Third from 1944 is presented here, and above all the renowned Divertimento for strings from 1957, in which one can discern the legacy of Grieg or Dvořák just as much as Honegger, whom Wirén venerated, or other musicians from the Group of Six; or indeed Shostakovitch in his more wily moments. The writing shares more than a few family resemblances with Jean Françaix, in its impeccable harmonic, thematic and architectural conceptions, all while retaining its light and transparent spirit. During his lifetime, his rejection of the avant-garde was a black mark against his name; but thirty years on from his death, this kind of consideration is no longer relevant. We can finally rediscover Wirén for what he is: an excellent composer. To cut a long story short, it was he who wrote the score to Absent Friend which was Sweden's entry for the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest – which was won by France Gall, under the flag of Luxembourg, and not of France, as it happens – Absent Friend was neither strictly pop, nor variety, but a piece of pure classical romance, a tragic waltz sung by a truly great operatic baritone, Ingvar Wixell, accompanied by an exclusively classical orchestra, without drums or anything of the sort! © SM/Qobuz

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Symphony No. 3, Op. 20 (Dag Wiren)

1
I. Allegro - 00:06:38

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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2
II. Adagio 00:07:35

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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3
III. Allegro molto 00:10:38

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 11 (Dag Wiren)

4
I. Preludium 00:03:17

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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5
II. Andante espressivo 00:04:26

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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6
III. Scherzo 00:03:04

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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7
IV. Marcia 00:04:46

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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Divertimento, Op. 29 (Dag Wiren)

8
I. Moderato 00:02:59

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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9
II. Allegro moderato 00:02:19

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

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10
III. Andantino 00:03:59

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

11
IV. Allegro moderato 00:02:49

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

Sinfonietta in C major, Op. 7a (Dag Wiren)

12
I. Molto allegro ad energico - 00:07:13

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

13
II. Andante espressivo - 00:04:21

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

14
III. Molto allegro 00:06:06

Dag Wiren, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor

(C) 2018 Chandos (P) 2018 Chandos

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No, no: we would never suggest that the music of the Swedish composer Dag Wirén (1905-1986) was in the slightest bit avant-garde. On the contrary, he always strove to write music which, while certainly novel, made for pleasant listening, without either dogma, or pedagogy, or a particular method. His oeuvre, more remarkable for its quality than its quantity, contains five symphonies, of which the Third from 1944 is presented here, and above all the renowned Divertimento for strings from 1957, in which one can discern the legacy of Grieg or Dvořák just as much as Honegger, whom Wirén venerated, or other musicians from the Group of Six; or indeed Shostakovitch in his more wily moments. The writing shares more than a few family resemblances with Jean Françaix, in its impeccable harmonic, thematic and architectural conceptions, all while retaining its light and transparent spirit. During his lifetime, his rejection of the avant-garde was a black mark against his name; but thirty years on from his death, this kind of consideration is no longer relevant. We can finally rediscover Wirén for what he is: an excellent composer. To cut a long story short, it was he who wrote the score to Absent Friend which was Sweden's entry for the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest – which was won by France Gall, under the flag of Luxembourg, and not of France, as it happens – Absent Friend was neither strictly pop, nor variety, but a piece of pure classical romance, a tragic waltz sung by a truly great operatic baritone, Ingvar Wixell, accompanied by an exclusively classical orchestra, without drums or anything of the sort! © SM/Qobuz

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