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  • Performer: Sarah Lindloff, Sara Trobäck, Johanna Persson
  • Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
  • Composer: Gunnar Frumerie, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Lars-Erik Larsson, Kurt Atterberg
  • Audio CD (3 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004SSJ7
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I bought this CD, together with Volume 1, for my wife who is Swedish and sings with a choral society. She was brought up with classical music as her father is a composer and conductor, in Sweden. She really loved this cd, as did I. Very relaxing and enjoyable.
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This has really helped me. just begun playing in a local string orchestra so have been listening and following.
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HASH(0x9e4a4504) out of 5 stars Another Naxos treasure trove of rare gems 17 April 2001
By John O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for a collection similar in feel to Naxos' 1995 excellent "Swedish Orchestral Favorites" (8.553115), you won't get that here. That first disc is also a pleasure but it features works for larger orchestral forces.
For this second volume the works are presented in more intimate settings - usually for string orchestra or for several solo instruments backed by a string section. The results are delightful performances of rarely heard "lighter" works.
Larsson's "Lyric Fantasy", which opens the disc, immediately calls to mind Grieg as does Larsson's delightful "Little Serenade for String Orchestra" which reminds me of Grieg's "Holberg Suite" for similar forces. On the other side of the spectrum the Larsson's "Adagio for String Orchestra" is very powerful: dark and brooding.
The works by Atterberg, Blomdhal, and Rangstrom are also very pleasant finds. The work really stands out for me however is Frumerie's "Pastoral Suite for flute, string orchestra, and harp". The flute, beautifully played by Sarah Lindloff, is the star here and it is given some truly beautiful material. Some of the harmonies are very modern and I can't help but wonder if the composer was influenced by Bartok's "Romanian Dances" - the influence is especially evident in the Gavott and Siciliano.
Naxos once again provides an opportunity to explore neglected treasures in outstanding performances and at a bargain price at that.
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HASH(0x9e4a4558) out of 5 stars The cool air of the north... 21 July 2000
By K. Farrington - Published on Amazon.com
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This veritable gem of a CD arrived last week and has not been off my turntable since. It reveals the depth of quality serious music that has come out of Sweden over the past 100 years, notwithstanding its neglect in the UK at least. When my mind has formerly thought of the music of Scandinavia, I have had comparitively little to think about outside of Grieg, Nielsen ands Sibelius. This CD and its sister Swedish Music volume 1 show how the Swedes have their own national heroes that use those two sources of inspiration with as much aplomb as our English composers over the same period: folksong and landscape. This CD is for much more delicate forces than its sister but that does not mean we are short changed in emotion or substantial developmental writing. The Lyric Fantasy of Larsson is a summer tone poem after the manner of Delius (but without the chromaticism of 'the curate proselytising')and is nevertheless totally original in its mood and flavours. Its water colored hues takes us through a landscape filled with good things, like a child's garden bathed in sunlight as in T S Eliot's 'Four Quartets': 'Burnt Norton' where Eliot depicts our early years with devastating effect yet without cloying nostalgia. The flute comes into its own in de Frumerie's 'Pastoral Suite' which may be thought of as a 'Pastoral Flute Concerto': again we are in those summer days of long ago but now we have a little pathos and nostalgia added to the phrasing and harmonies with looking back in regret and a sense of loss. The influence of Ravel can be seen here but again it is nothing more than a cross reference, for the work here is totally original in scope, the nordic warmth being pastel in its intensity under the golden sun. The finely divided strings of Blomdahl's 'Adagio' are hushed and sad in a truly heart felt piece that is comparable to Grieg's own, with oboe and woodwind intoning birdsong against the sadness contained in the strings. Kurt Attenberg's Suite No 3 is redolent of Moeran's smaller pieces, packed with imaginatinative writing and clean authentic phrasing. Larsson's 'Adagio for string orchestra is only 5 minutes long but has that deep breathed atmosphere of a Shostakovich symphony, say the Largos of his 5th and 10th symphonies, where the Russian master can summon up the depths of a November night in the north and lead to a mood of introversion and deep melancholia. Despite its short duration, this is the 'biggest' work for me on the disc. It is truly awesome! In similar vein, the Rangstrom 'Divertimento elegiaco' is longer but perhaps its 15 minute length means it dissipates its pathos over too long a period. Perhaps that is just me, perhaps other listeners will form another view. Nevertheless, Naxos show once again that bargain price can walk hand in hand with superlative novel pieces for most of us, splendidly played and excellently recorded.
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HASH(0x9e4a4990) out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to Swedish classical music 17 May 2000
By F. Behrens - Published on Amazon.com
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It is good to be introduced to hitherto unknown composers and their music when it is all on such a high level. Having missed the first collection, I am delighted to report that <Swedish Orchestral Favourites, Vol 2.> on the friendly Naxos label (8.553715) is well worth the hearing. [The Amazon.com designation of Vol. V is incorrect.] As the liner notes put it, "Five composers who represent the rich tapestry of Swedish music composed in the twentieth century" are presented on this CD: Lars-Erik Larsson, Gunnar de Frumerie, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Kurt Atterberg, and Ture Rangstrom.
This is my first experience with classical Swedish music and I am thoroughly impressed. The music is lyrical and passionate, now reminding one of the darker side of of the northern landscape as (say) in some Bergman films and now of the humor of "Smiles of a Summer Night" as these contrasting pieces are played by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and soloists under Petter Sundkvist. And I do plan to get my hands on Vol 1, as soon as I can.
HASH(0x9e4a4d5c) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection 21 July 2015
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this disc after having heard the Lyric Fantasy by Lars-Erik Larson played on WFMT. It was purely by chance that I selected this disc but it seemed to be a good collection of music by Swedish composers. The Lyric Fantasy is a bucolic work, evocative of a beautiful and languid summer’s day. The Pastoral Suite for Flute, string orchestra and harp by Gunnar de Frumerie is in five short movements, each one a form borrowed from the Baroque period and wonderfully tuneful. The writing for the flute shows off the rich sound of the instrument. The Adagio from “The Wakeful Night” by Karl-Birger Blomdahl is drawn from incidental music written in 1945 for the named play. The short Adagio is romantic and touched by a little sadness.

The Little Serenade for String Orchestra by Larson is an early work, based on 18th century serenades. The music is a light entertainment, beginning with a witty Allegro, moving to a heartfelt Adagio and concluding with a pair of energetic Allegro movements. The Suite No. 3 for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra (1921) by Kurt Atterberg is a re-working of incidental music for Sister Beatrice (by Maurice Maeterlinck). A reflective Prelude leads to Pantomim, begins with a sacred theme before a melody representing the love Sister Beatrice feels for her lover. The final section, Vision, is a sad waltz.

The Adagio for String Orchestra by Larson is a work of deep sorrow and darkness. The final work, Divertimento elagiaco (1918) by Ture Rangstrom, is the longest work on the disc and is permeated with sadness probably reflecting the First World War. The work begins in a similar dark mood like the Larson Adagio and is followed by an The Adagio cantabile, lighter in tone but retains the overwhelming feeling of sadness. The Allegro vivace is bleak with foreboding and only in the concluding movement does the mood pick up to become energetic and passionate.
The music is well-played by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and beautifully recorded.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4a4d08) out of 5 stars Beautiful!!!!! 3 Nov. 2013
By ZAC on the coast - Published on Amazon.com
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A rich orchestral sound that is so pleasing to listen to. This is a fine example of the Great Swedish Works so you might want to add this to your collection!
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