Weinberg: Clarinet Concerto, Flute Concerto No. 2, Flute Concerto, Fantasia
Thord Svedlund, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Claes Gunnarsson & Urban Claesson
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Nordic Orchestras and Modern Composers
The two go hand-in-hand. The last few years of browsing and buying great and lesser-known modern (and post-modern) composers played by orchestras from Sweden, Iceland, Finland, etc. have been fruitful and blessed. These are wonderful works. The Fantasia (for cello and orchestra) is more tonally-based than the other works, and certainly lovely (especially the opening harmonies), but the two flute concertos, while more modern, never forget what the essential nature of the flute is. The soloist (Anders Jonhäll) never has to leave the beautiful garden that Weinberg wrote. Neither is the all-string accompaniment to Urban Claesson's clarinet any sort of disappointment. The orchestra is well-balanced with the soloists on all four works here, and highly sensitive and able players at that. Weinberg shouldn't be so obscure. Take a listen.