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Larsson: God in Disguise, Pastoral Suite, Violin Concerto [Import]

Hillevi Martinpelto , Hakan Hagegard , Lars-Erik Larsson , Esa-Pekka Salonen , Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Composer: Lars-Erik Larsson
  • Audio CD (11 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000262D7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest beauty 15 Jan 2012
This music is not like anything you have heard. It has gain more and more publicity and now the recordings are numerous. For a long time the only available - and still the best - is the version with Elisabeth Soderstrom. But if you choice Salonen's record you also get Larsson's beautiful "Pastoralsvit" (Pastoral suite). A magnificient piece of music. Try also to get his "En vintersaga" (" A winter's tale"), it's worth every penny.
Forkladd Gud is song for soprano and baritone with recitation (in Swedish but don't bother) and means "God in disguise". It's quite unique. One of the most beautiful pieces of music every written!
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For many years the Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson worked for the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. "Forkladd Gud" was commissioned for radio and first performed in 1940. It is for narrator, soprano, baritone and orchestra. The text is taken from a collection of poems by Hjalmar Gulberg and, taking its imagery from Greek mythology, suggests that gods, disguised as ordinary people, walk among us. The music is undemanding, tuneful, diatonic and homophonic. It has a fresh, open-air quality reminiscent of Nielsen's popular choral works. There is virtually no attempt at traditional development. Enjoyable as "Forkladd Gud" is, it is one of those works which gives up its secrets too easily and I don't see myself returning to it often. I have to say, though, that the performance on this disc is absolutely superb and makes the very best of it.

Larsson's main duty at the S.B.C. was to write signature tunes and he sometimes gathered these together later into suites. The "Pastoral Suite", Op. 19 consists of three movements and has become one of Larsson's best known works. This times the influence of Sibelius is apparent. The music will remind you of the "Karelia" suite. The main allegro of the "Overture" is built on one of those tunes which seems undistinguished at first but soon develops a "hook" which helps it to lodge itself in the memory. The lovely "Romance" is for strings alone. Its central section is impassioned and eloquent. The final "Scherzo" is lively and entertaining but, its central march-like section apart, it is less memorable melodically then the other movements. It still provides an effective conclusion to a most attractive work, however.

What makes this disc an essential purpose is that it includes a superb performance of the great Violin Concerto.
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