Peterson-Berger, Wilhelm: Symphonies No. 1 & 5


        Composer:
        Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: Symphonies 1 and 5         Performer:
        Leif Segerstam
        Kungl.Hovkapellet

CDS 1006-2 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867-1942): Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, "Baneret" & Symphony No. 5 in B minor, "Solitudo". Kungliga Hovkapellet conducted by Leif Segerstam.

Maybe this is not the right place but; CPO has indeed made its own series with Peterson-Bergers symphonies. They were considered less than valuable before but should now be completely revalued. According to members of the Peterson-Berger society this recording is preferable. I remember the recording as a very happy occasion indeed with Leif Segerstam in excellent form. I think the critics have been overexaggarating the deficiencies of Peterson-Bergers symphonies. The first is a bold try indeed with exciting ideas and a most interesting fugue writing. His style is very easy to grasp. The second movement is based on an exquisite waltz melody, again Peterson-Berger is very easy to recognize. The trio is very much Mahler in Swedish style. The third movement would be a must for all lovers of Elgar heroism... The last symphony ends this CD. Here the composer is more inward and contemplating in style, a bit resigned in the end of a struggle for recognition. The third movement with its beautiful woodwind solos gives you the vision of Sweden at dusk during autumn. The leaves are falling and the dark is getting closer. But the last movement with its boisterous and jolly tarantella ideas concludes the symphony, and even Sibelius in the middle section!



    Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867-1942)
  • Symfoni nr.1 B flat major, "Baneret"
    - När vi först drogo ut
    - Mellan fejderna

    - Vid hjältebåren

    - Mot nya vårer

  • Symphony No. 5 in B minor, "Solitudo"
    - Con moto tranquillo
    - Scherzando vivo
    - Andante tranquillo

    - Allegro molto





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