- Orchestra: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
- Conductor: Christian Lindberg
- Composer: Allan Pettersson
- Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
- Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD, Hybrid SACD, SACD
- Label: Bis
- ASIN: B00GP90AVY
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Pettersson: Symphony No. 9 [Christian Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra] [BIS: BIS2038] CD+DVD, Hybrid SACD, SACD
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An ongoing cycle of all Pettersson's symphonies - Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra have received great acclaim for previous instalments. Most recently, Vol. 6 was described as 'a release that could well be the ideal introduction to Pettersson's singular musical vision' IRR on BIS1980.
Includes a bonus DVD: 'Människans röst' ('Vox humana'), an 81-minute documentary (197378) about the composer made for Sveriges Television. With English subtitles.
'Lindberg and his orchestra drill straight to the core of these symphonies...Balances are entirely natural and there's a pleasing tactility to the sound that will surely please the audiophiles; just sample the dark, menacing conclusion to the Ninth, with its march-to-the-scaffold-like taunt of brass and fright of drums.' --MusicWeb International
'The multi-talented Christian Lindberg here continues his cycle of Pettersson symphonies for BIS. A review of an earlier issue in the series quoted in the booklet remarked that his "affinity with Pettersson's idiom is manifest". One can only agree...As a recording of Pettersson's Ninth Symphony this is now clearly the version of choice.' --MusicWeb International
'Petterson's longest symphony becomes a focused 70-minute rollercoaster in Lindberg's hands. Comes with a fascinating DVD bonus of a 1970s Swedish documentary on the composer.' --BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
'This disc is a revelation...with BIS's fabulous sound, [this] is not just Lindberg's finest Pettersson recording but one of the finest anyone has committed to disc...The Swedish master has found his champion at last.' --Gramophone, May 2014
Critics Choice --Gramophone, Dec'14
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I like the references to the minimalist like procedures at work here though this is far more demanding and satisfying music. After the soulful middle symphonies the Ninth incredibly manages to make a busy,almost uniformly quick tempo symphony work thoroughly convincingly over seventy minutes. others have recorded this and taken much longer but Christian Lindberg, who is on a mission to promote Pettersson's music in a manner close to Bernstein's promotion of Mahler, plays this at the tempos asked for by the composer without ever making it sound rushed or strained. One remarkable thing about this symphony is how Pettersson allows the work to draw to a measured and calming conclusion with the cadence at the end almost sounding like a sly joke (humour's not something you'd normally associate with this composer). The important thing is that it works as a convincing conclusion despite all that's gone before.
I don't want to add any more other than to say, if you haven't discovered Allan Pettersson's music yet, starting perhaps with his barefoot Songs and the Seventh Symphony you'll find a demanding but hugely rewarding voyage of discovery lays ahead of you.
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On this SACD disc, Christian Lindberg leads the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra in Pettersson’s Ninth Symphony. Symphony 9, like most of his 16 symphonies, is organized as one long movement, in this case of almost 70 minutes duration. His music is tonal, but don’t expect melodies as such. There are abundant melodic motifs, however. Rather, Pettersson produces a variety of orchestral sonorities, moods, and rhythms, many of the latter repetitive. Fortunately, his music is variable enough to easily sustain the listener’s interest. I certainly found his Ninth to do so. Yes, it is dark, but I don’t find it oppressively so. Like many 20th century composers, Pettersson enjoys combinations of instruments as much as orchestral tutti’s. When a tutti appears, there is a repetitive relentlessness about it, usually connoting a struggle. Tutti’s are usually accompanied by plenty of timpani, always dear to my heart. You will hear traces of dances and minimalism. Despite the lack of flowing melodic lines, there is a poignancy to Pettersson’s music that is very alluring and engaging. And I found the symphony very enjoyable – not smile-provoking, but enjoyable nonetheless. After 70 minutes of gloom, the music ends simply with a touching Picardy third.
The orchestra plays beautifully, but sounds like a regional orchestra with forces I wish were greater. Sonics are excellent, however. I really liked this modern symphony and will order more Pettersson as a result. I rate the recording Highly Recommended.
This is the third recording of it that is available; there are probably air checks in private collections of other performances but I do not know of them. The first recorded performance to be released was on a pair of Philipd lps in about 1978 or so of the Goteborgs Symfoniker conducted By Sergiu Comissiona ~ Philips 6767 951 . This performance lasted just over 85" and was the first time I had heard this amazing work. It was transfered to cd and rereleased by Haydn House in about 2011 - the trasnfer is good and the sound compares well to that of the lps. A far different performance was released in about 1994 on CPO of the Deutsches Symphony Orchester Berlin conducted by Alun Francis. This performance is faster lasting only 70". This new performance lasts just over 70" and also comes with a DVD contianing a documentary on Pettersson.
All 3 performances have something to say about the work and are worth listening to - although this BIS recording has the best sound. As yet I am undicided which one I would choose if I had to choose just one - I will revisit this review after several more listens to the Lindberg performance. It would be interesting to hear what the Vienna Philharmonic would sound like in this work.