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The Three Symphonies

Artist: Karl-Birger Blomdahl
Karl-Birger Blomdahl - The Three Symphonies CD
Label: BIS
Regular Price: $16.95
On Sale For: $6.78 
Year: 1994
Format: CD


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Karl-Birger Blomdahl (1916-68), one of Sweden's greatest composers, is only now becoming better known--and mostly through these three symphonies. Taken together, these works, composed in the space of a decade, show Blomdahl's growth from a post-Romantic composer (Symphony 1, written in 1943) to a composer willing to take a few risks in tonality (Symphony 2, written in 1947)--and then some. His Symphony 3, written in 1950, leaps all the way into 12-tone techniques with his own dodecaphonic stylings, a reaction to the strict conservatism of Schoenberg's approach. Conductor Leif Segerstam does wonders with this music, especially the hypnotic Third. This is a must for lovers of the symphony form. --Paul Cook
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Leif Segerstam (conductor)
Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3, 'Facetter'
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