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Quote from: vandermolen on May 25, 2015, 09:12:08 AMThis is the greatest Stenhammar CD known to me; the performance of the Symphony is in a class of its own:[asin]B000027S1O[/asin]
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 25, 2015, 08:12:51 AMTime to revive this thread after three years...I'm really (and I do mean REALLY) impressed with his Symphony No. 2 in G minor. What a symphony! Perhaps one of the greatest Swedish symphonies I've heard. The lyricism and passion in the music are infectious.
Quote from: Archaic Torso of Apollo on May 25, 2015, 09:30:43 AMOne of the first Naxoses I bought, back in 1997 or so, was their recording of the 2nd Symphony. I still have it and still love it. Very fine symphony indeed.
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 25, 2015, 09:20:21 AMYep, I ordered this CD earlier today. I've heard nothing but great things about it.
Quote from: vandermolen on May 26, 2015, 09:20:32 AMYou won't regret this John - it is in a class of its own.
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 26, 2015, 08:32:21 PMCuriosity got the better of me as I went to Spotify just to sample the first movement, Allegro Energico, of the above recording and I was absolutely captivated from start to finish. Yes, the broader approach that Westerberg employs certainly paid dividends to this movement. I didn't want to listen to the rest of the performance as I want to save it for whenever I actually receive the CD, but I absolutely loved what Westerberg has done so far with this magnificent symphony.
Quote from: vandermolen on May 27, 2015, 01:38:57 AMTold you
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on May 27, 2015, 02:25:03 PMI would like to listen to more from Stenhammar, which pieces could you suggest?
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on May 27, 2015, 02:25:03 PMAbout the 2nd Symphony:https://www.youtube.com/v/8ey3wdhE1OII listened to this work for the first time and I liked it very much. Such a marvelous symphony, very powerful and lyrical; the musical texture is compelling, and the themes well weaved and developed; I loved the colourful contrast among sections, sometimes very intense, lively and energetic, sometimes deep, poetical and even dramatic, especially in the fourth movement, where I also enjoyed the use of pizzicato. The orchestration is beautiful and evocative, particularly the strings and the brass; there's a splendid Nordic atmosphere, not exactly as suggestive and depicting nature as I often perceive in composers like Sibelius, but gorgeous anyway; a Nordic atmosphere merged with a strong German Romantic influence.I would like to listen to more from Stenhammar, which pieces could you suggest?
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 27, 2015, 06:24:47 AMAh, but I had bought this recording before you suggested it to me, Jeffrey, but, yes, you did tell me it was great and you were certainly right.
Quote from: North Star on May 27, 2015, 03:09:30 PMSerenade in F major, Op. 31. You might also look into the late piano piece Late Summer, 5 piano pieces, Op. 33.
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 27, 2015, 06:37:51 PMWonderful to read, Ilaria! I agree with every word here. The seamless merging of Nordic and German influences is one thing that makes Stenhammar a unique musical voice. As for where to go next, I would suggest Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 23 and, as Karlo suggested, the Serenade in F major, Op. 31. You can't go wrong with either of these works. For the Piano Concerto No. 2, listen to Ortiz/Jarvi and as for the Serenade, check out Jarvi's performance, which is still the best of the three I've heard. Happy listening!
Quote from: The new erato on May 28, 2015, 01:47:57 AMI bought this even before you (on LP in the late 70-ies) My favorite Stenhammar disc, and in superb, state of the art, sound. Need to rebuy it on CD I think.
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on May 28, 2015, 05:33:28 AMThank you! What about the First Symphony? I read it was a composition strongly influenced by Bruckner, though later it was rejected by Stenhammat himself.
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 28, 2015, 06:11:29 AMWell sure, considering you're a: older than me and b: have been listening to classical a lot longer than I have, I would expect this from you at the very least, erato. Yes, you should definitely pick up the Stenhammar Westerberg disc. I'm surprised you haven't bought the CD already.
Quote from: The new erato on May 28, 2015, 06:18:35 AMNice to see you young ones picking up!
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