Allan Pettersson (1911-1980) is one of the main influences in the music of Leif Segerstam, so it makes perfect sense for Segerstam to conduct Petterrson's symphonies. Pettersson was able, in his early symphonies, to maintain at once a sense of thematic drive as well as a dark presentiment of atonal forces. Tricky, but both Pettersson and Segerstam–in his own symphonies–pull it off. The Symphony 7 (1968) contains rough moods, dark clouds, with …..Paul Cook @ Amazon.com
This disk contains two important works from Pettersson's early and late periods. Although the middle symphonies (Fifth through Ninth) are widely considered his greatest, this disk shows that Pettersson possessed the rare gift of musical genius throughout his whole career as a composer. Both the Third and the Fifteenth also show the manner by which his works fell into that dark and obscure world for which they were destined: The Third, dating from 1955, was ignored by the Stockholm Concert Society for about four years ……..Daniel R. Greenfield @ Amazon.com
With this superlative 1999 recording by violinist Isabelle van Keulen with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard, the Swedish modernist Allan Pettersson's late Second Violin Concerto receives its first digital recording. The only previous recording on Capriccio from 1980 had been performed by the forces that gave the work its premiere early that year, violinist Ida Haendel with the Swedish Radio Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt, and it stood inviolate for almost 20 years until the arrival of this disc.
I must admit that before I began this survey, I had never listened to this piece. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was anticipating that it would be recognizably Petterssonian from the outset, perhaps strident string writing reminiscent of the string orchestra concertos, accompanying a choir (which is struggling to be heard above the tumult). The first time I heard the opening two movements I double-checked to make sure that I was actually listening to Pettersson and not Rosenberg, the other composer on this disc. Although in some of the later movements it is clear that we are listening to Pettersson……allanpettersson100.blogspot
With a few exceptions, the music Pettersson composed after his nine-month hospital stay (1970-1971) are characterized by a mood of almost unrelieved rage. This 1978 is NOT one of the exceptions, even though it was composed after Pettersson was granted free housing by the Swedish government. (His polyarthritis had made him literally a prisoner of his earlier, depressing fourth-floor apartment.) Even the fact that for the first time in his life he was living in pleasant surroundings and considered this time the happiest in his life did not mitigate this great anger. After all, he had lived with the arthritis for 25 years, and now was stricken with cancer. This symphony quotes the same song that Symphony no 6 was built on……..
Allan Pettersson composed his Ninth Symphony in 1970, two years after the Seventh had been given a triumphant première conducted by Antal Dorati. This had brought him greater recognition than ever before, but at the same time his health was deteriorating even further, and shortly after completing the Ninth Pettersson was hospitalized for a period of nine months. It is striking that he at such a time should have chosen to compose what is the longest of all …..
Among the symphonies by Allan Pettersson, the Seventh is often accorded a special importance, partly because of the immediate success it enjoyed at its first performance, in 1968, but also because it has come to be perceived as more closely associated than other works with the personal life of its composer. As a result, Symphony No.6, which was premièred less than a year before the seventh, has come to be overshadowed by its successor. It is …..
Although I'm less aquainted with the Francis recording of No. 5, and have yet to hear Kahler, I can say that this interpretation won me over after one listening. If you have some familiarity with and appreciation of Petterson's sound world, then I think you'll have the same experience too. The viola concerto is a work in the ripe and "soulful" manner of late Pettersson, although more accessible than works like ……….Music Lover @ Amazon.com
At fifty-one minutes Pettersson's symphony No. 8 is about average in length for a Pettersson symphony. Unusually for this composer who favored lengthy one-movement forms, this symphony is divided into two separate movements, twenty-one and thirty minutes long, respectively. The mood is dark and ominous. The harmonic motion of the symphony is primarily slow, and often repeated, obsessive rhythmic figures underpin the music and given an impression of a vast structure of sound in time……
With this superlative 1999 recording by violinist Isabelle van Keulen with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard, the Swedish modernist Allan Pettersson's late Second Violin Concerto receives its first digital recording. The only previous recording on Capriccio from 1980 had been performed by the forces that gave the work its premiere early that year, violinist Ida Haendel with the Swedish Radio Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt, and it stood inviolate for almost 20 years until the arrival of this disc. It is clearly an improvement…..James Leonard @ AllMusic.com