CDS 1008-2 Gustaf Bengtsson (1886-1965): Symphony No. 1 in C minor; Vettern, Symphonic Suite & I Vadstena kloster, Suite. Gävle Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mats Liljefors.
A very favorite of mine. Here is a composer who knew how to write romantic orchestral music still late into the 20th century!! The symphonic poem Vettern is perhaps the Swedish equivalent to Smetanas Moldau. To me it has everything a symphonic poem should have. True greatness. Maybe, or maybe not the Argentina song from Evita by Lloyd-Webber comes to mind in the second theme in the Vettern. Lloyd Webber was far preceeded by Bengtsson. Sorry Andrew, this 'seat' is occupied! The symphony may not be equally significant, but all lovers of Rachmaninov, symphonies, please indulge! The last pieces evokes the pious environment of a munistory still existing in Vadstena. Wellcrafted and memorable ideas in the small format..
Bengtsson's Wagnerian late-romantic music here receives not only justice but convinced advocacy. As with all these Sterling enterprises Bo Hyttner's creative judgement is spot on. - MusicWeb
Gustav Bengtsson (1886-1965)
Vettern - Symphonic Poem for orkestra
Symphony no.1 C minor - Allegro moderato - Adagio - Allegro vivace
I Vadstena Kloster - Three tone pictures for orchestra - I klosterkyrkan - Mediation