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Symphonies - Released April 6, 2018 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional Sound Recording
The symphonies of Swedish composer Allan Pettersson cannot easily be classed as conservative or progressive, and it is no surprise that they have been gaining new performances outside Sweden. They are monumental, rather dark, and suggest the sound of a Mahler who had lived to hear atonality more than an avatar of the Scandinavian tradition: Pettersson organizes works around large-scale contrasts and an attempt to encompass vastly different materials. The two works here are quite different but are representative of his style, and they receive fine performances from the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra under Christian Lindberg. These works, like most of Pettersson's other symphonies, are in a single movement: the track listings on the album denote mere breaks in the music. The Symphony No. 5, however, retains aspects of the traditional four-movement form. Sui generis as far as form is concerned is the Symphony No. 7, from 1967. Early commentators took it as a throwback to tonality, and in fact it works toward tonal resolution at the end. But the earlier instances of tonal chords are not resting places at all, but moments that point toward someone else, and there are passages of vast, dark, Mahlerian chaos. Sample the section denoted Bar 255 here for an idea of Pettersson's orchestral canvas. The key to interpretation of his music is a sense of the long line, and here Lindberg excels; moreover, he gets from the Norrköping Symphony a bright edge in the very high string writing that Pettersson favors, just one of the superb regional ensembles Sweden has produced over the years. Strongly recommended for those enamored of the Scandinavian school. © TiVo
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Symphonies - Released March 3, 2017 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Symphonic Music - Released September 6, 2011 | BIS

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Classical - Released September 24, 2013 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor is one of the most frequently played and recorded works in the history of classical music, and the appearance of yet another recording practically requires a legal defense. Christian Lindberg's hybrid SACD with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra offers a clear sounding reading in the audiophile format, and anyone who is looking for a solid performance where every note is audible need look no further. However, the reason for performing the Fifth hardly seems compelling. Indeed, it has simply become obligatory for all orchestras to get it into their discographies, and the fledgling Arctic Philharmonic is apparently getting this chore out of the way as fast as it can. Fast is the operative word for the first movement, too. Lindberg's tempo is excessively brisk, and he whips through it with such speed, one can barely count the pulse under Tchaikovsky's syncopations. Lindberg follows convention in the remaining movements, so his tempos are predictable, even though he cranks up the bombast in the Finale beyond expectations. Still, it's unclear that this version of the Fifth is necessary, and the fierce competition of recordings isn't reduced by its presence. The suite from the ballet Swan Lake is provided as appealing filler, though most listeners won't care much about it unless they are impressed by the symphony. They may be on hearing it, but in most respects, Lindberg's interpretation is quite comparable to other mainstream recordings and nothing to get excited about. © TiVo
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Symphonies - Released January 1, 2016 | BIS

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
As Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra progress through the 16 symphonies of Allan Pettersson, they confront some of his densest and darkest music, particularly in his works of the 1970s. The Symphony No. 13 (1976) is a single movement that is unrelenting in its contrapuntal activity, tragic in its expressions of restlessness and violence, and almost brutal in its physical demands on the musicians. Indeed, the work runs without break for over an hour, and the writing is a continuous unfolding of ideas that are in conflict with few moments of resolution, only to be replaced by more episodes of severe but ever-changing counterpoint. Yet this knotty work holds a kind of fascination, because the slow but steady generation of ideas has an overall consistency that makes sense, especially after repeated hearings, and once the listener has absorbed Pettersson's abrasive harmonies and angular melodic lines, the piece makes sense, though perhaps more through its own momentum than through any identifiable themes or progressions. Lindberg and his orchestra give the symphony a committed reading that demonstrates their virtuosity and resilience, and BIS' super audio recording makes all the musical strands perfectly clear and provides a spacious acoustic to accommodate Pettersson's massive sonorities. © TiVo
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Classical - Released June 5, 2012 | BIS

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Symphonies - Released September 4, 2012 | BIS

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Classical - Released January 6, 2015 | BIS

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Classical - Released April 1, 2004 | BIS

His most loyal fans are trombone teachers and students, but Christian Lindberg deserves a much wider following, not only for his extraordinary technical gifts, but also for his refined and deeply felt interpretations of music from many periods. Classical Concertos is an excursion into charming eighteenth century works by Michael Haydn, Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, and Leopold Mozart -- second-tier composers, admittedly, but competent craftsmen who turned out admirable works for their day. Always eager to expand his instrument's repertoire, Lindberg treats these concertos as pure gold and infuses them with his appealing charisma and energy. Ably supported by Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Lindberg plays smoothly and with a warm alto tone, which in many places could be mistaken for the round timbres of the horn. Anyone who loves Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's famous horn concertos -- particularly Lindberg's 1999 performances of them on the "hornbone" -- will enjoy these trombone concertos almost as much. This 2004 BIS disc also includes two bonus tracks: Lindberg's own composition for flute and orchestra, Dreams of Arkandia, and Mats Larsson Gothe's Prelude and Dance for wind ensemble, both conducted by Lindberg. The sound is bright and clear on the Classical works, but a little less focused on the two contemporary pieces. © TiVo
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Symphonies - Released February 4, 2014 | BIS

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Despite its imposing length, Allan Pettersson's Symphony No. 9 is an intensely concentrated work, built on a simple chromatic scale heard at the beginnning, and developed into 70 minutes of astonishing contrapuntal activity and fertile regeneration. While tonal in a technical sense, this symphony is harmonically complicated and frequently dissonant, so listeners should expect a challenge to their sense of key and form, notwithstanding the oddly serene resolution of the piece in F major. Even more important are the listener's resilience and sitzfleisch, because this long single-movement work is a bracing experience, with much of the music flying by at breathtaking speed and with fierce, persistant energy. Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra demonstrate their ability to play with exacting precision and virtuosic brilliance, and it's an extraordinary display of cohesion, because the ensemble moves unnervingly as a single entity. The hybrid SACD is packaged with a DVD of a documentary on Pettersson, "Människans röst" ("Vox humana"), made for Swedish televion with English subtitles. © TiVo
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Classical - Released July 1, 2020 | EUROPEAN GRAMOPHONE

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | BIS

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | BIS

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Classical - Released February 24, 2021 | EUROPEAN GRAMOPHONE

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Classical - Released March 31, 1993 | BIS

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Classical - Released March 10, 2021 | EUROPEAN GRAMOPHONE

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2009 | BIS

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Classical - Released May 6, 2020 | EUROPEAN GRAMOPHONE

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Classical - Released August 20, 1999 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released May 4, 2021 | EUROPEAN GRAMOPHONE

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