Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Christian Lindberg – Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2 & Ett dromspel (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Christian Lindberg – Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2 & Ett drömspel (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:20 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
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Considered to be one of the great Nordic symphonies of its time, Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2 in G minor was a long time in the making. Stenhammar the conductor and pianist was a leading figure in the musical life of Sweden and Scandinavia, but in his role as composer he struggled with self-doubt, feeling that his knowledge of musical theory was insufficient. In 1910 he decided to address this perceived shortcoming, and began an intensive study of counterpoint which included setting himself several thousand assignments over the following decade. At the same time, between 1911 and 1915, Stenhammar composed his G minor symphony, and against this background it is hardly surprising that it displays his preoccupation with counterpoint, its final movement a grandiose double fugue.

If the symphony is one of Stenhammar’s most celebrated works, his music for Strindberg’s A Dream Play is one of the least-known. It was composed for a production of Strindberg’s existential drama in 1916, a year after the completion of the Symphony. Rarely performed after that, the music was arranged into a concert version in 1970 by Hilding Rosenberg. Christian Lindberg and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra have previously recorded Stenhammar’s Serenade to critical acclaim: the disc was named Disc of the Week on Danish Radio, received a recommendation on German website Klassik-Heute and was selected Recording of the Month on MusicWeb-International.

Tracklist:
1. Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 34 : I. Allegro energico 12:08
2. Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 34 : II. Andante 09:33
3. Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 34 : III. Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo presto 08:09
4. Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 34 : IV. Finale: Sostenuto – Allegro vivace – Tranquillamente – Allegro ma non troppo 16:28
5. Ett drömspel (A Dream Play) (concert version arr. H. Rosenberg) 12:02

Personnel:
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Christian Lindberg, conductor

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