PEHR HENRIK NORDGREN (1944-2008): Symphony for Strings, Op. 43, Concerto for Strings, Op. 54, The Whole World Will Lament, Op. 26b, Concerto for Oboe and Strings, Op. 116.

Catalogue Number: 06L108

Label: Alba

Reference: ABCD 294

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: e long and fruitful collaboration between Nordgren - a composer who found his own path if ever one did, with his self-taught technique, his integration of folk-music into the most modern idioms, his adoption of Shostakovich as a 'mentor in absentia' and his studies in Japan - and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, produced a range of his most fascinating and approachable scores. The Symphony tautly develops its musical argument in decidedly symphonic fashion, from the first movement exposition through successive movements which develop these ideas, ending with a lament and a funeral elegy (very Shostakovich like) in a tense, tonal language. The Concerto is an expressive, pessimistic work, with titles to the outer movements that suggest despair and undependable resolution, with a vigorous, even violent central movement. The influence of Shostakovich is again never far away. The Whole World (1972) is an elaboration of a folk-chorale arrangement that Nordgren had written several years earlier, it is tonal, densely polyphonic with a melancholy, devotional atmosphere. The 2001 oboe concerto is a gently elegiac work, with a predominantly lyrical solo part set against some strikingly original shifting clustered or harmonically ambiguous string textures. Anni Haapaniemi (oboe), Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Juha Kangas.

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