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Pettersson: Symphony Nos. 3 & 15

Leif Segerstam & Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

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Gripping early and late symphonies by a master

This outstanding album by Leif Segerstam and the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra gives great insight into relatively early and late symphonies by the great Swedish master of symphonic narrative, Allan Pettersson. The Third Symphony dates from 1954/55, just after the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that would be his cross to bear for the rest of his life. It is a fully realized if mostly conventional four-movement work that captures much of which is essential in Pettersson's music. By the time the Fifteenth Symphony is composed in 1978, Pettersson's health has been battered, his body devastated but somehow, miraculously, his spirit is undiminished and his mind is clear. The Fifteenth Symphony in a little over a half-hour of unbroken flow is Pettersson at his finest, distilled, clarified and gripping. It has all the passion, rage, and humanity that Pettersson left for us to behold. His time, truly, is only coming now.

I first encountered Maestro Leif Segerstam in Paris in 1988 when he led the French National Radio Orchestra (ORTF) in, believe it or not, the Paris premiere of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable" (it only took some 70+ years!). I have been a fan of his ever since.

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