2014 catalogue

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G2 Jacopo Foroni - Cristina Regina di Svezia
In January 1849, while conducting a variety of Italian operas at 'the smaller theatre scene' in Stockholm for the Vincenzo Galli opera company, Jacopo Foroni started his work on the opera build on Cristina, queen of Sweden. This was primarily to introduce himself to Swedish audiences, but was also a tribute to the monarch who had abdicated, converted to Catholicism, and left her homeland for Italy. The opera is about Queen Cristina's abdication and tells the story in five scenes. (Love, Marriage, Conspiracy, The Lost dream, Abdication) In true 19th century fashion the cause of the abdication was not her conversion to catholicism but her love of Magnus Gabriele and the future King Carl Gustav

GA1 Paul Graener - Wiener sinfonie
All four works on this CD comes from Graener later period, which started around 1930 with the suite 'Die Flüte von Sancouci' This suite was to prove to be Graener most popular orchestral piece. It is both remarkable and revealing - bearing in mind the background of the war in April 44, the bombing in Berlin and the need to flee from the city that Graener chose to base his last completed work on this particular German folk song from 1793 - Enjoy your life.

GA1 Joachim Raff - Works for Choir, Piano & Orchestra
Conventional wisdom has it that Joachim Raff composed eleven symphonies, even though neither their numbers not their sequence accounts with the fact that he actually wrote twelve or possibly thirteen of them. Our recognition and numbering of his symphonies will need to be re-evaluated when an additional work is taken into account, the four-movement choral symphony Die Tagenzeit where he blithely referred to as a consertante.

GA1 Bernhard Zweers - Symphony No.3
Bernard Sweer's music is candid in style. It is a combination of elements relating to 19th century Dutch folk-song and Wagner stylistic characteristics from the middel creatice period. Once the composer had found his own style, he kept to it; this was in about 1890, the time of this symphony, to my fatherland. He would not allow his work to be affected by the late-romantic and impressionistic influences.

GA1 Théodore Gouvy - Symphonie No.2
Gouvy was more concerned with balance, moderation and good taste than in operatic glamour that would doubtless have brought him fame and fortune. But, as he came from a wealthy family, he never had to accept artistic compromise in order to survive.
CDS-1086-2 SACD

GA1 Ole Olsen - Asgaardsreien op.10
At the age of 29, in 1879 Ole Olsen went on his first international tour, conducting his music in Leipzig, Colone and Paris. The main work on this tour was Op.10 Asgaardsreien (The ride of Asgaard) which was wery well received. This encuraged him to extend his travelling for another two years touring Wienna and during this time made useful contacts with Liszt, Brahms and Goldmark. His catalogue includes music for a wide variety of occations and instrument combinations. His Symphony in G is the only symphony but he composed a lot of songs and cantats and a number of occational pieces.

GA1 Joachim Raff - Suite for Piano
By the time Joachim Raff began composing works for solo instruments and orchestra, he had been in Franz Liszt’s inner circle for several years as a full participants in the Weimar avant-garde. Having been intimately involved in the creation and orchestration of the earliest versions of at least two of Liszt’s three formally-named piano concerti, it is not surprising therefore, that Raff’s own first concerto followed, in a general sort of way, Liszt’s model of interconnected, thematically related movements.
CDS-1084-2 SACD

GA1 Eyvind Alnæs - Symphony No. 1 / 2
Eyvind Alnæs' place in the history of Norwegian music has first and foremost been secured by his many beautiful songs. The two symphonies presented to a modern audience for the first time on this disc will compel us to re-evaluating our image of the composer.

GA1 Noskowski - Symphony No. 1
This CD commemorates the fact that this great unknown romantic master died one hundred years ago. The Polish conductor, teacher and composer Noskowski was a leading figure in the impressive Polish music scene around 1900, working alongside such people as Paderewski, Scharwenka, and Moszkowski. These works show that also as a composer, he could measure up to his contemporaries!

GA1 Peterson-Berger - Arnljot (utdrag)
At last! The famous LP now transferred successfully to CD. All the important parts of the opera are included! This is a transfer from the historical performance in the Stockholm Concert Hall from 1973. The March to the Assembly Hall, the Greeting songs and the finales are highlights, and English text is provided for whoever feels inclined to sing along.

GA1 Hermann - Symphony 1&2
Here is a completely individual Swiss romantic who also worked as a doctor. The music is on the verge of Romantic music. The first symphony is idyllic in character, while the second is much more dramatic with a beautiful crafted little scherzo. The first movement seems inspired of the Swiss cuckoo clock. This thematic idea runs through most of the symphony. Those who enjoy music by Butterworth and contemporary composers will enjoy this release.

GA1 Bernhard Henrik Crusell
The second wind-band Crusell release from this label offers a 13-minute folk song potpourri (one of the composer’s last works, dating from 1836) and his arrangement of Beethoven’s well-known septet (when done and for what purpose the notes leave us in the dark).

GA1 Scharwenka - Dramatische Phantasie

GA1 Richard Franck - Orchesterwerke
Prokofiev at one time described his classical symphony as written in the style as if Haydn would have survived into the 19th Century. If one could imagine Beethoven one hundred years adopting a fullblown romantic style -then you can imagine the music of Richard Franck. He was the son of another important composer: Eduard Franck (1817-1893). Richard's music is traditional in style, well-crafted and with memorable melodies. The Beethoven connection is very obvious in the first piece and very much in the Violin Serenade. The suite is a lighter piece blending lyrical ideas with a Hungarian tinge in the March. Liebesidylle and the Serenade and the cello piece are rather inward-looking pieces still very much in the great romantic style of Schumann and Mendelsohn.

GA1 Fridrich von Flotov - Piano Concerto
An entirely new perspective on Friedrich von Flotow’s compositions. This composer is best known on account of his operaMartha. Here we find newly discovered concertos, which must be considered as sensational. The first is brilliant andmelodic, the second is probably influenced by CarlMaria vonWeber’s concertos. The Oranien suite ismost charming, with Thomas Arne’s Rule Britannia as one of themovements.

GA1 Helmer Alexandersson - Symphony no.2
Here is nothing less than a Swedish Tchaikovsky! A very talented Romantic Swede with a gift for massive writing and large chorale melodies with a very personal touch – although influenced by Tchaikovsky in his impassioned writing!

GA1 Joachim Raff - works for violin and orchestra
The Swiss/German composer JoachimRaff has undergone something of of a revival in the last few years, and these recordings of works for violin and orchestra amply demonstrate why. Raff's own version of his First Violin Concerto was only rediscovered a few years ago, and it receives its première on this CD. An excellent essay by the leading Raff expert Dr Avrohom Leichtling tells the fascinating story of the concerto’s history. It is joined by La Fée d’Amour, a classic short Konzerstück of the type so commonly found in the nineteenth century, and the Suite for Violin and Orchestra, based on themes frombaroquemusic.

GA1 Dukas - Symphony in C major
Paul Dukas’ oeuvre is very small, due to his (overly?) self-critical approach. The Symphony in C major was nonetheless a piece that the composer cherished. Here it is complemented by two great overtures that he wrote in his student days, both modelled on examples from famous literature, by Goethe and Shakespeare. Both are world première recordings. This is a release that makes you regret that Dukas destroyed so many of his own works

GA1 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee
Schnyder vonWartensee was an early Romantic, and a good friend of Beethoven. His music is typical early Romantic – perhaps more like Haydn and Schubert than Beethoven. Some rather weird twists in the symphony makes one believe that there was perhaps stronger stuff than milk in that ‘Suppe’. Lovely, engaging performance typical of Fifield and theWürttembergische Philharmonie.

GA1 Crusell - Concertante
Here are some delicate concertos recorded by the excellent Östgöta Symphonic Wind Ensemble. They have a long tradition of playing their local composer Bernhard Crusell – a stylish early Romantic well-known also for his three clarinet concertos.

GA1 Scharwenka - Frühlingswogen
Three orchestral works with literary allusions by the brother of the well-known Xaver Scharwenka. These are pieces that show a more contemplative character than most of his brother’s works, from the eerily beautiful Frühlingswogen (after Turgenyev) to the delicate Liebesnacht, a theme from Tristan und Isolde.

GA1 Hallen - Gustaf Vasa's saga
Hallén was a trueWagnerian – but most of his works are on a rather more intimate scale. GustafWasa may have been a king of war and unrest in Sweden but Hallén’s suite (incidental music for a play) is more subdued and peaceful. The other pieces are also rather intimate – and Hallén’s orchestration is very skilful and personal. The opening piece, Romanze, betrays a debt to Hallén’s teacher Reinecke.

GA1 Peterson-Berger - The doomsday Prophets
This CD is derived froma remarkable radio performance in 1984 with excerpts fromthe opera Domedagsprofeterna. Lars Runsten was responsible for the radio adaptation and Ulf Söderblom, doyen of Finish Opera formany years, was the conductor. Peterson-Berger’s opera takes place among students at Uppsala University during the heyday of Swedish imperialism around 1640. It is a stunningly comical opera, rich inmelody and orchestration, extremely well sung by several great Swedish opera singers. The beautiful and poetic Aubade, sung by Mikael Samuelson, became well-known during Peterson-Bergers lifetime, as did the orchestral fugue – again brilliantly conducted by Ulf Söderblom.

GA1 Bernhard Zweers - Symphony No.1
What a discovery! Zweers is hardly unknown in the Netherlands – but his Symphony No. 3, ‘To my Fatherland’, is the only one that seems to have gained recognition. On this disc we hear a youthful and spirited work, very much inspired by Haydn – a jolly and gracious work with a jubilant following a solemn and highly memorable choral melody. De Lange may have been more inspired by Mendelsohn. Even so, his music is in part very original with persistent timpani in the first movement and a fine melodic build-up in the last!

GA1 Oskar Lindberg - Dalamålningar
Here is a world première selection of symphonic works ranging from the composer’s first orchestral pieces to his last symphonic poem, Gesunda. He is basically a melodic sentimentalist with a distinct Swedish rustic flavour. In the Dalcarlian Paintings there is also elegiac folklore, and in From Home you can more or less hear the green Swedish forests rustle in an orchestral setting… A real gem!

GA1 Helena Munktell
Here is another pioneer. The great symphonic poem BreakingWaves points toward impressionism. Much of Munktell’s work is influenced by Swedish folk music – but it is sometimes very daring in harmony.

GA1 Jaques-Dalcroze - Impressions Tragiques
The second CD in our series with Jaques-Darcroze’s orchestral music.While Janie would be very suited for ballet and movement (Dalcroze created his own theories regarding this), Tableaux Romands are really very romantic tone pictures with extremely colourful orchestration. L’Alps really stands out as an extremely memorable piece with singing alpine horns and a very charming and insistent motive rather reminiscent of a Swiss cuckoo clock…!

GA1 August Halm - Sinfonie A-dur
Here is a remarkable Bruckner pupil: that much is obvious from his broad writing inspired by nature. But Halm’s writing is more intimate and there are fewer great crescendos. This is great music for meditation.

GA1 Gustav Bengtsson - Violin Concert
There is only one word for Bengtsson’s music: craftmanship. He is definitely a Swedish Romantic – but his music is more general in style than folkloristic. The soloists swap places as conductors – they are both highly qualified to do so. You will love these concertos!

GA1 Gruss aus Baden- Baden

Koennemann was a military musician who came to Baden-Baden around 1850. His piece Der Fremersberg is performed there outdoors every year and the audience is meant to sing along in the concluding hymn. Even Mark Twain loved it, writing that it ‘delighted me, warmed me, moved me, stirred me, uplifted me, enraptured me.’ So this is a must – also for the tender and melancholy work by Gounod.

GA1 Bernhard Zweers

A Dutch master! This gifted composer leans towards Schumann in the symphony, which has a delicate second movement with exquisite woodwind scoring. The short introductory pieces to Gijsbrecht mix quick movements based on the Dies iræ with captivating beauty.

GA1 Scharwenka - Symphony

A master of melody, Scharwenka developed his skills mostly as a piano composer and virtuoso. But he was also a very typical late-romantic orchestral composer and his symphony proves his excellent sense of pace and melody. The Andante should be a standard work for everybody longing for peace and stillness.

GA1 Friz Brun - Symphony No.3
At last a CD only devoted to this remarkable and highly original composer. He may have started as a romantic but he became very much more daring after his two first symphonies. Indeed, we encounter highly complex and monumental structures, with references to folklore as well.

GA1 Alfven - Cantatas Vol.2
The Revelation Cantata was a big favourite of the composer. A very emotional piece of music, indeed, while the Uppsala Cantata was more on a festive scale. Great music, nonetheless!

GA1 Jaques-Dalcroze
For all people interested in body and movement, the name Jaques-Dalcroze is not unfamiliar. He owned a special institute in Geneva and devoted much time and effort to the development of his theories. But he was certainly also a very secure and productive composer. This CD with some very charming pieces, reminiscent of Messager, will serve as a starting point.

GA1 Huber - Piano Concerto
The most interesting feature with Huber in younger years is the fact that his themes originally seem rather undistinguished. But he always find something convincing in them! This goes for the First Concerto. And Litolff’s Concerto Symphonique No. 5 is never far away... The Third Concerto is a completely different matter. Here he is absolutely personal, also in his choice of themes! The beginning is arresting in its refinement. A stunning complement to our complete Huber symphony cycle.

GA1 Frederic Cliffe
First English romantic on the Sterling label. Cliffe, who wrote very few works, was an intensely Bruckner-inspired composer with the same fondness of beautifully crafted theme work. The third movement is truly heaven. Cloud and Sunshine is also a very interesting work – the beginning really sounds as if it could be played by an organ! ‘

GA1 August Klughardt
Fromstart to finish there is a remarkable quality in Klughardt’smusic. At times still played in concert halls in Germany and on the radio, his music shows remarkable craftsmanship. He is nothing other than a German Dvor`´ák – a true giant. The grand Overture is followed by two smaller concert pieces; the Cello Concerto is influenced in its sensual beauty byMax Bruch. The suite ‘Auf derWanderschaft’ is a perfect example of Romantic orchestral music in its charming depiction of nature. One of Sterling’s top releases and a very moving disc. Let this music be played everywhere! It is worth it.

GA1 Maurice - Orchestral works
Sterling breaking new ground! Our first CD fromthe French-speaking part of Switzerland. Of the composers fromthis area, it was not only Honegger whomade amark in Europeanmusic.Maurice’s music is refined, in late romantic and sometimes impressionistic style.Many pieces on the disc give a lasting impression of an extremely gifted and dynamic personality with a full knowledge of orchestral writing. Grieg seems to have been a source of inspiration in ‘Pécheur’ and ‘Francesca’.

GA1 Suter - Symphony In D minor
Another Swiss romantic! Herman Suter was a pupil and follower of Hans Huber. Mahler was very much the source of inspiration for Suter in his Third Symphony, in which a vivid and colourful scherzo is followed by an intensely lyrical third movement. Charming short pieces by Jelmoli complete the disc.

GA1 Berwald - The Battle of Leipzig
A collection of world première recordings! ‘The Battle of Leipzig’ is the real sensation here – a battle very much in Beethovenian style, but with plenty of typical Berwald features! And some charming and early pieces for violin and orchestra.

GA1 Aulin - Concert Piece
Very Mendelsohnian concertos, coupled here with original and very characterfully orchestrated dances based on Swedish folk tunes.

GA1 Schulz-Beuthen - Symphony No. 5
The first results of the collaboration between Sterling and the remarkable conductor Adriano. A beautifully crafted symphonic poem, ’Die Toteninsel’, and a dramatic and solemn ‘Reformation’ symphony.

GA1 Büttner - Sinfonie no.4
This is hardly believable. Here is an absolutely first-rate late romantic composer, forgotten because the Nazis made him forgotten! He remained loyal to his Jewish wife and to his political convictions, and lost all his important positions in Dresden musical life. He was much inspired by Richard Strauss, and his orchestral texture is full of longing, radiant beauty. He has the same absolute command of the orchestra as Richard Strauss!

GA1 Hans Huber - Symphonies 4 & 8
The last disc in our Huber symphony cycle. Symphony No. 4 is more serene and inward-looking than his other works in this genre. Saint-Saëns seems to be a major source of inspiration. Symphony No. 8 is again vivid and personal – but mainly idyllic, like most of the Huber symphonies. One of the great storytellersamong composers!

GA1 Burgmüller / Staehle - Sinfonie No.1
Two composers from Kassel. Both died young – which was especially tragic in the case of Burgmüller, whose talented and interesting musical style (and fate) bring to mind Franz Schubert. Both symphonies are solid, well-formed works that resemble the music of Schubert.

GA1 Stenhammar - Music for the Theatre
Stenhammar’s noble, individual style never fails. The reason why these works are never heard is that they were written as incidental music to plays performed at the Lorensberg Theatre in Gothenburg. ‘A Dream Play’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ have been assembled into concert suites by Hilding Rosenberg, who retained the beautiful shifts of mood in the score to ‘A Dream Play’, especially the sweeping, Sibelian orchestral tutti at the end.

GA1 af Sillén - Symphony No.3
Josef Otto af Sillén was by profession an insurance executive, but he also received a thorough education as a composer. The Violin Concerto has a lyrical style that is unique in Swedish music, although it was written after Romantic music had passed its zenith.

GA1 Hallström - An adventure in Scotland
At one time these ballets were virtually standard repertoire works at the Stockholm opera. Charming, pictorial ballet images; the first ballet takes Scottish melodies as its point of departure.

GA1 Huber - Symphonies 1 and 7
The composer’s first and penultimate symphonies form an interesting contrast. The First, strident and confrontational, has Berlioz as its source of inspiration, whilst the Seventh ends with a complicated variation movement and breathes Swiss National Romanticism. This music demands repeated listening for its full greatness to emerge.

GA1 Richard Wetz
An obstinate and headstrong composer who, despite the relatively later period at which he lived, insisted on remaining true to the Romantic idiom that he developed to perfection. Bruckner is never far away in this ardent, dramatic music.

GA1 Söderman - Orchestral music
A collection of some unfamiliar and some very well-known works by Söderman.What a talent this composer had! Once again, the ever elegant Mendelssohn is the rôle model, for example in the ‘Zohrab’ overture. This CD contains the only commercial recording of the classic wedding march from ‘TheWedding at Ulfåsa’.

GA1 Francois Auber
How gratifying it is to breathe new life into one of the absolute masters of French operatic literature. It is amazing that he could have been forgotten amid his similarly disposed colleagues Rossini and Offenbach. The orchestral pieces are here performed direct from a manuscript that is located in Stockholm. In short: works of genius; champagne in music.

GA1 Norman - Symphony No. 1 and 3
Finally these two Schumann-inspired works are available on disc. The Third Symphony deserves to belong to the standard Swedish orchestral repertoire. Here Norman has developed his talent to the full.

GA1 Huber - Symphony No. 3 and 6
Symphonies by Huber that are typical of their time. The subsidiary theme of the first movement of the Sixth Symphony is wholly disarming, and shows Huber at his best. This is music that repays repeated listening. The third movement of the Third Symphony has also been used as ballet music. After hearing the ‘Dies iræ’ melody transformed into a sweeping waltz, this hardly seems surprising…

GA1 Alfvén - Cantatas
Sound and jubilation. The cantata ‘At the Turn of the Century’ is veritable large-scale music which heralds the start of a new century (the twentieth) with drums and trumpets. The ‘Reformation Cantata’ is based, not surprisingly, on Luther’s ‘Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott’. It is striking to see the influence of Mendelssohn upon a much later composer…

GA1 Mielck - Symphony in F minor
A gripping fate. The composer passed away at the age of just 22. Sibelius regarded him as very promising – indeed, he was the first Finnish composer to write a ‘proper’ symphony. Especially the second movement is very attractive, whilst the great, calm seriousness of the third movement might be said to anticipate the composer’s all too early demise.

GA1 Atterberg - Concerti
Atterberg’s two concertos fulfil every wish of lovers of great, late-Romantic concertos. The Violin Concerto is influenced by Sibelius and is played with great fervour by Christian Bergqvist, leader of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

GA1 Stenhammar - Tirfing
Marvellous music! The Stenhammar expert BoWallner has made the selection heard on this recording, including great alto scenes from the opera. Ingrid Tobiasson’s unique voice led to the CD being nominated for a Grammy. Those who have heard it will understand why…

G2 Brendler - Ryno
Another example of a composer who, because of the brevity of his career, never developed to the full. Mozart was certainly a source of inspiration for Brendler, and the opera is presented in a stylistically and musicologically authentic version prepared by AndersWiklund, who also conducts the recording.

GA1 Söderman - Katolsk mässa
Söderman, perhaps Sweden’s greatest musical genius, wrote only a few large-scale, fully developed works. This oratorio was written towards the end of the composer’s life.Wonderful leaps and individual, concise themes characterize the music; this recording (listen and be amazed!) is by pupils of the College of Music in Stockholm. Such pupils render their teachers redundant.

GA1 Rubenson - Symphonic Intermezzo
This is a unique production. A masterful composer, today almost entirely forgotten, who – after studies in Leipzig together with Ludvig Norman – attempted to reform Swedish musical life. Unfortunately he failed, and the composer ended up as a conscientious inspector at what was then the Stockholm Conservatory of Music; he often crossed swords with Alfvén, who studied there. Peterson-Berger must have been influenced by Rubenson’s very striking and varied style.

GA1 Hallen - A Christmas Oratorio
It is indeed a mystery that this Christmas Oratorio is not a standard repertoire work in Sweden. A jubilant, splendid, grandiose and at times highly impassioned and beautiful work by a real master – who was held in low esteem during his lifetime because of his contentious opinions.

GA1 Huber - Symphony No. 5
Two works of a more idyllic nature than those on the first Huber CD. Mendelssohn is never far away from the ‘Summer Nights’ serenade – a hot, trembling summer night with atmospheric woodwind solos. The symphony on this disc is almost like a violin concerto in which the composer gives a musical description of a mediæval legend, with tone paintings in the spirit of Berlioz.

GA1 Atterberg - Symphony No. 7 and 8
Atterberg allows Swedish folk music to gush forth in symphonic guise – especially in the Eighth Symphony, which features many recognizable melodies. An immaculate recording by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra!

GA1 Byström - Orchestral Music
Finally on record! Berwald was the inspiration for his colleague Byström. The symphony has devilish and ingenious elements, and the CD also features a beautiful, sweeping orchestral Andantino. Full of feeling and atmosphere.

GA1 Olsson - Piano Music
Irène Mannheimer shows her mettle in the 20-minute-long ‘Introduction and Scherzo’ – inspired by the playful elegance of Saint-Saëns.

GA1 Stenhammar - Stockholm Exhibition Cantata
Two huge cantatas, one written in response to a commission from the Stockholm Exhibition in 1897. In many movements of the Stockholm cantata, Stenhammar even anticipates Shostakovich, describing in music the advance of machinery.

GA1 Huber - Symphony No. 2
The first disc in a series featuring Switzerland’s foremost Romantic composer. The music clearly shows the influence of Brahms; the symphony, however, is at times more daring in its harmonies, with stormy and grandiose sonorities.

GA1 Armas Järnefelt
Armas Järnefelt – brother-in-law of Sibelius – is principally remembered as conductor of the Stockholm Opera, a post he held for many years, and as the composer of the idyllic ‘Berceuse’ for orchestra. This CD also contains larger-scale orchestral works; ‘Korsholm, a magnificent symphonic poem in aWagnerian, late-Romantic spirit, describes how the Swedes introduced Christianity to Finland.

GA1 Olsson - Symphony
Here is something almost unbelievable. A huge Swedish symphony by a composer who is almost unknown in this field! Most of Olsson’s music was written for the organ; Sibelius was among his main sources of inspiration. The long third movement is unique in Swedish music with its beautiful slow melodies.

GA1 Berg - Suite from 'Birgitta'
Natanael Berg, a contemporary of Atterberg, had to earn a living as a vet rather than enjoying a career as a composer, for which he had trained. In particular the Piano Concerto follows the pattern of many large-scale piano concertos of the era, inspired by Tchaikovsky.

GA1 Romantic Danish Overtures
A collection of nineteenth-century Danish overtures.Weyse in particular impresses with the delicate clarinet writing in his Mozart-inspired overture.

GA1 Liiljefors - Piano Concerto
One can almost smell the scent of the forest in this taut, warm-toned music. Ruben Liljefors was the brother of the artist Bruno Liljefors, whose work is featured on the cover.

GA1 Elfrida Andrée - Fritjof Suite
Elfrida Andrée was a Reinecke pupil, and his style is recognizable in the ‘Fritiof Suite’, originally an opera, with its lively orchestration. The composer thought that it would be more frequently performed as an orchestral suite, however, and thus prepared the version recorded here.

GA1 Lindberg - Fiddler Per, He Fiddled
The legendary StigWesterberg was the ideal conductor for these pieces. The symphony is a pictorial, eclectic depiction of nature. These three symphonic works are densely orchestrated pieces with terse thematic invention.

GA1 Rangström - Symphony No. 1 and 3
There are few pauses or moments of repose in Rangström’s ‘Strindberg’ symphony; it is indeed rare to find a composer with such an individual, intense tone.

GA1 Lindberg - Requiem
Oskar Lindberg’s duties as organist and choirmaster at the Engelbrekt church in Stockholm made him one of Sweden’s finest choral specialists. The Requiem is a stately and very passionate work, coupled on this CD with some beautiful a cappella pieces.

GA1 Alfvén - En bygdesaga
Alfvén considered becoming a painter; the front cover painting of this CD is by the composer. Some of the musical material here comes from films; the composer subsequently assembled it into highly charged, folk-inspired symphonic poems.

GA1 Strindberg in Music
It is strange that Aulin did not write more orchestral music. Here he shows a talent for drama in the music for ‘Mäster Olof’! Rangström’s symphonic poem ‘Dityramb’ is similarly tautly written and individual.

GA1 Atterberg - Symphony No. 1 and 4
Can a composer write more contrasting symphonies than these? The First is a powerful, stormy piece of music, with a second movement that is humble, sentimental and beautiful. The Fourth is more idyllic and delicate – and is here conducted by the legendary Sten Frykberg.

GA1 Swedish Overtures
The CD transfer of an original LP, with some additions. The Berwald overtures are major, skilfully composed works in his personal style. The music in this collection varies greatly in character. Foroni is dramatic and intense; Söderman has traces of folk music and individual thematic material…

GA1 Bengtsson - I Vadstena kloster
Here we are in the golden age of Romanticism. ‘Vettern’ is a Swedish equivalent of Smetana’s ‘Vltava’: a large-scale piece of tone painting with two splendid, contrasting and quite unique principal motifs. The symphony – in particular the second movement – will appeal to anyone who enjoys the music of Rachmaninov. The suite ‘I Vadstena kloster’ is a classic with its quiet brushstrokes depicting the calm, idyllic atmosphere of Vadstena monastery.

GA1 Hägg - Nordic Symphony
Hägg indeed possessed a talent that was allowed to stagnate. The front cover of the CD features Josephson’s famous portrait of the composer, in which he gazes dreamily towards the prospect of future greatness… The symphony clearly shows the influence of Schumann – but Hägg had a tremendous melodic gift, as is evident from the two overtures.

GA1 Petersson-Berger - Symphony No. 1 and 5
The first and last of Peterson-Berger’s symphonies. No. 1 is fresh and full of youthful fighting spirit. No. 5 shows the quiet reflectiveness and nostalgia of the mature composer.

GA1 Ölander - Symphony No. 1 and 2
A delicious coupling: Lindberg’s Second Symphony, a homogeneous, well-written work, and Ölander’s symphony. Ölander had a great musical talent, although by profession he was a customs officer. The trio of the third movement directly anticipates later composers such as Alfvén and Peterson-Berger

GA1 Stenhammar - Piano Concerto No. 1
A truly ‘classic’ recording. Irène Mannheimer is a doyenne of Swedish concert life – in particular in the area of lyrical, Romantic Swedish piano music. This is the only recording to feature Kurt Atterberg’s orchestration of the concerto; Stenhammar’s orchestral score was formerly believed to have been lost.

GA1 Josephson - Symphony
Mendelssohn is never far away from the work of this neglected composer, whose choral works – including Islossningen – are still performed on occasion by Orphei Drängar. A radio recording of that piece is included here. Note the almost painfully beautiful oboe solo in the second movement of the symphony!

G2 Hallström - Den bergtagna
The most important opera composer Sweden ever had. There are clear traces of folk music in this huge National Romantic opera, which was performed on numerous occasions at the Royal Opera in Stockholm during the 1870s.

DA1 Ur Iduns Skafferi
Another historical CD with speeches from the Idun Club in Stockholm. A CD mostly for fans of the Swedish language, but there are two chamberworks of great interest (the only versions ever recorded): Stenhammar’s Allegro Brilliante for piano quartet and Hilding Rosenberg’s String Quartet No. 1, the very first version. Both are excellently performed ‘live’.

C2 Gramophopne 1899
A set of two CDs of significant historical importance: the very first recordings ever made in Sweden. The Swedish musicologist Carl-Gunnar Åhlén has compiled and edited the material. The set consists exclusively of singing, and gives a most fascinating glimpse into the beginnings of recorded sound in Sweden. Even non-Swedes will find the material of great historical interest – and get a good opportunity to learn the language!
CDA 1675-2

DA1 Joseph Marx - Der Ton

Mathilda Persson, soprano / Bengt-Åke Lundin, piano
CDA 1672/73-2

C2 Lars Sellergren plays, Vol. 5

Lars Sellergren, piano

DA1 Leopold Godowsky - Phonoramas

Carl Petersson, piano

DA1 Loa Falkman: Schubert - Die Winterreise
Rollen som Hans Escamillo i Peter Brooks uppsättning av Carmen i Paris gav Loa Falkman ett internationellt genombrott, och han har gästspelat även i bl a Tyskland, Schweiz, Spanien, USA, Israel och Japan. Han erhöll 2002 den kungliga medaljen Litteris et Artibus och utnämndes 2003 till hovsångare.

DA1 Emil Sjögren - Songs
Detta utval omfattar tidiga sånger av Sjögren, de flesta utgivna under åren 1876 - 1884. Märklig nog är ingen av dem komponerad till svensk text, men det var i grannländerna som Sjögren kunde finna en blomstrande lyrik i båda ord och tom, där ofta friska naturstämningar förenades med tecknande av mänskliga situationer.

DA1 Maria Verbaite
A new talent from Lithuania, who, despite her age, already shows remarkable maturity when dealing with these complicated scores. Particularly the Schubert will amaze you!

C2 Lars Sellergren Vol.4
The fourth 2-CD album with the versatile house pianist at Swedish Radio: Lars Sellergren. His playing is exact and impeccable, not flashy but tight in style. The Mozart sonata with Parikian is perhaps one of the best recordings ever. In the Mozart concerto, Colin Davis is conducting – and thus no comments are necessary…

DA1 Yngve Sköld
This composer, although rather unknown, was a true Romantic although he lived through most of the last century. The Cello Sonata is a true role model for this kind of work. John Ehde, working in Denmark, is a very versatile cellist with an impeccable techique. Father and son Wilhelm and Ib Lanzky-Otto are very secure in their roles. Ib has a remarkable technical ability – no problems with the pianissimo notes that are very difficult to achieve on the horn!

DA1 Toner vid Medelhavet
Here is a remarkable pianist. She has become somewhat of an institution in musical life in Sweden, and she seems just at home with all different styles – Scarlatti, Ravel, Albéniz. There is a certain warmth with her playing which is technically nearly perfect!

C2 Lars Sellergren Vol.3
The third installment in our collection of recordings by the pianist Lars Sellergren. The highlight of this CD set is certainly Sellergren's exciting rendering of Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, but its companions (Beethoven's 32 Variations, Liszt's B minor Sonata, four Chopin pieces and the first book of Debussy's 12 Preludes) are hardly less impressive in Sellergren's hands.

DA1 Peterson-Berger - Karlfeldt Songs
Karlfeldt and the gifted poet Erik Axel Karlfeldt were close friends. Many songs, among them "Time of waiting" are very famous in Sweden. Peterson-Bergers songs are very characteristic and it is obvious that he is influenced by folksong. Translations of all songs included.

C2 Lars Sellergren Vol.2
Not only the playing on a traditional piano makes this and the earlier issue remarkable. It is the most interesting rendering of the music in the booklet, written by Lars Sellergren himself. It is fascinating to say the least to read his comments on Bach and the way the music is conceived. And the playing itself is both simple and beautiful with an emphasis on melody molding with an excellent technique!

DA1 Var inte rädd för mörkret
Chrismas songs with the Oscar Chamber Choir. Perhaps you would consider these songs to be too much Swedish local Chrismas songs.. Some of them definitely holds a place in classical repertoare in general, for instance the Bossi, Cantate Domine, with it´s fantastic solemn beginning with brass.

DA1 Precious Things
Mossberg, actually working as a physician is also a most distinguished singer. In this CD at last we get the Söderlund songs in one collection -much needed. All the songs have translations. They are widely varying, some tragic, some ironic, some love songs. Mossberg knows how to handle the different themes -you will love the way he handles for instance Villermo (Strindberg) and En Valsmelodi (a true Swedish classic by Nils Ferlin!)

C2 Lars Sellergren Vol.1
Lars Sellergren became known after many years as the leading Swedish pianist in the Swedish Radio. And he certainly was versatile. He has an enormous amount of repertoare. This is the first volume in the series. It contains famous works, like the first Brahms concerto with Sixten Ehrling as conductor (performance highly praised by Ehrling and first class performances of the Schumann, concerto and the Franck, Symphonic Variations.His rendering of the Schumann concerto belongs to the legato school with more emphasis on detail than on exuberance

DA1 Stig Ribbing - Gustaviansk Klavermusik
Ribbing was one of the absolute leading pianists of his time in Sweden. Here is a CD-originally released as two LPs with a number of different instruments from the Stockholm Museum of Music. Many charmingly original instruments, played with an utmost feeling for the pre-Mozart pieces, composers among others Agrell, Naumann, Kraus

DA1 Aruhn-Solén - Songs of the heart
Aruhn-Solén comes from a singer´s family, both his mother and father are very active as singers. His voice is well suited for songs in the most intimate scale, for instance the Frumerie songs, and the Wiklund songs -here recorded for the first time.

DA1 John Sax: Schubert - Winterreise
A daring choice of repertoare. Sax belongs to the new generation of singers, with a deep baryton, very well suited to the darker songs in Winterreise. He has a strong feeling for the texts which is evident, particularely in the first four songs!

DA1 Brahms - violin Sonatas
Tobias Ringborg is a versatile Swedish artist. First renowned and famous through his violin playing. These are highly competitive performances with Ringborgs excellent feeling for technique.

DA1 Jelena Jangfeldt - Returning Home
This remarkable lady, nowadays living in Sweden has set to music several famous russian poets among them Joseph Brodsky. This is a different record to anything else -she is very poetic,very slow, very moving.Music is unique, very difficult to label. She sings the songs herself. Do you like Russian sentimentalism, you will love this one!