I can remember listening to this then totally unknown symphony in 1972 when it appeared on the Decca label. I was stunned by the power & originality of the score. After wading through the rest of Pettersson's very disappointing symphonies, it is with considerable relief that I often return to this masterpiece.
Dorati conducts with his customary authority. The Stockholm Phil play superbly, in what is a very challenging score. The music is haunting & grips you from first to last, especially in the melting coda where the very high violins make a telling contribution.
A classic CD & a fitting tribute to a conductor who did more than most to bring new music to the attention of the public and who also raised the quality of orchestral playing of a previously second rate orchestra to front rank status.