Pettersson: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 Norrköpings Symfoniorkester & Christian Lindberg

Cover Pettersson: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

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Label: BIS

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: Norrköpings Symfoniorkester & Christian Lindberg

Composer: Allan Pettersson (1911–1980)

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • Allan Pettersson (1911-1980): Symphony No. 5:
  • 1Beginning06:25
  • 2Figure 1705:51
  • 3Figure 4318:13
  • 4Figure 12910:13
  • Symphony No. 7:
  • 5Beginning02:38
  • 6Bar 5304:52
  • 7Bar 17204:25
  • 8Bar 25503:01
  • 9Bar 31104:36
  • 10Bar 38902:22
  • 11Bar 43200:56
  • 12Bar 45003:08
  • 13Bar 51205:16
  • 14Bar 56402:36
  • 15Bar 61301:57
  • 16Bar 64802:25
  • 17Bar 70703:01
  • Total Runtime01:21:55

Info for Pettersson: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

A characteristic trait in Allan Pettersson’s music is the use of strong contrasts – shifts between an enormous intensity and calm relaxation, between complex and violently dissonant passages and peaceful, simple melodies and harmonies. This certainly applies to both works recorded here by the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Christian Lindberg – the composer’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies. Premièred in 1963 and 1968 respectively, these two symphonies contributed substantially to Pettersson’s public standing during the 1960s. The Fifth earned him the music prize of the newspaper Expressen, while at the same time Pettersson’s extensive use of traditional harmony, particularly in the slow ending of the work, caused a number of commentators to criticize it as ‘outmoded’. In 1964, the symphony probably contributed to Pettersson being selected as one of the first recipients of a public remuneration scheme for composers which guaranteed them a lifelong minimum income. Four years later, the first performance of Symphony No. 7 was conducted by Antal Doráti, the dedicatee of the work. The event is often described as Pettersson’s ‘breakthrough’, and Doráti’s recording of the work in 1969 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra earned the performers and the composer a ‘Swedish Grammy’ Award each. Pettersson’s Seventh remains the most recorded and most frequently performed of all of his works. It is heard here in a performance from what are widely regarded as the leading Pettersson interpreters of our time.

Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Emily Nebel, leader (No. 5)
Henrik Jon Petersen, leader (No. 7)
Christian Lindberg, conductor

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