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SCANDINAVIAN SYMPHONIES
From the 19th Century To the Present

A Discography Of CDs And LPs
Prepared by Michael Herman

© 2009-14 Michael Herman

All national discographies

INTRODUCTION

Before even discussing the musical contents and structure of this work, it is necessary to define its geographical limits. The term "Scandinavian" herein refers to the peoples and cultures of three Northern European nations and an island nation and a small chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, namely Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, that speak related North Germanic or Nordic languages and share a common historical background. A broader definition, not used here, would include Finland, a nation with strong cultural ties to Scandinavia but linguistically distinct from it. Finnish composers are covered along with their colleagues from the three Baltic nations (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in a seperate discography now in perparation.

The composers included in this discography are those born in or who came to live in these countries and wrote symphonies from the beginning of the 19th century to the present that have been recorded. It will be noticed that many composers have more than one country listed in the heading for his or her entry. This reflects the fluidity often seen in the music world where some leave a smaller place in order to create in a larger artistic milieu while others go in the opposite direction often to seek refuge in a less turbulent environment. Unlike the previous discographies in this series, an alphabetical arrangement is utilized here because we are dealing with composers of different nationalities and the idea of educational continuity is less meaningful. A single alphabet is used for the all the composers from the various nations and a composer index is placed first so the reader can immediately go via links to any particular composer.

As in the previous discographies in this series, no attempt has been made to list every release of every recording of each work. There have just been too many reissues, especially from the major labels, to make this feasible for many recordings. Instead, what are listed are the most current issue the author has located and the earliest release (if any on LP or CD) of that particular recording. In general, multi-disc compendium releases are omitted unless they contain a unique recording or the sole modern reissue of a previously released performance.

The entry for each composer consists of two sections. First there is a compact biographical paragraph that notes some essential information such as place of birth, higher musical education (including schools and prominent teachers), subsequent musical careers in addition to composing, details of other symphonies that have not been recorded and selective lists of other works for orchestra. Compositional styles are not discussed in these paragraphs and readers are referred to the bibliography where various reference books that cover this subject are listed. The second part of each composer entry consists of lists of his or her symphonies that have been recorded and the various recordings of each work. Symphony is defined here as any work the composer has designated as such in its title including works called "sinfonia" or "sinfonietta." The works can be for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, strings, winds, brass or chorus and orchestra. For every symphony that has them, the opus number, key signature and title are noted and the year of composition is stated for all. The entries of the symphonies that have had multiple recordings are listed alphabetically by the conductor's name. Each listing of a recording consists of the following components (if known): (1) Performers (in this order if all are involved - conductor, soloists, choral group, orchestra), (2) Other works on the recording. (3) Label and catalogue number and year of issue and (4) If the recording is a reissue, the original LP or CD release and its year of issue. Please note that the performers listed are for the entry work and not necessarily for the works that it is coupled with. Also, in most instances when an entry work is included in a large collection (especially if most of the other works are not related to the discography's subject) the list of couplings is not given but replaced by the title of the collection.

The symphony arrived in Scandinavia during the eighteenth century. The form moved North from Germany and the earliest examples were written by composers such as Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758), known as the "Father of Swedish music," Johan Agrell (1701-65) and Johan Daniel Berlin (1714-87), a German immigrant who settled in Norway. Their "sinfonias" were basically a shorter type of work derived from the Italian opera overture. A more substantial type of symphony, similar to what was then being written in Germany, came from Sweden's Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-92), considered Scandinavia's first important symphonist and the Dane Christoph Weyse (1774-1842) who was a contemporary of Beethoven. The nineteenth century witnessed the gradual arrival of the Romantic symphony in the 1830's through the 1840's with works by Adolf Lindblad and Franz Berwald in Sweden and Niels W. Gade in Denmark. Norway would have to wait another two decades for the symphonies of Otto Winter-Hjelm, Edvard Grieg and Johan Svendsen and Iceland would have to wait until the 20th century before their composers would compose works in that form. Despite this late start, the symphony blossomed in Scandinavia and, as the pages that follow will attest, numerous composers would produce symphonies, some in substantial numbers and, unlike most other European areas, this tradition still thrives today. One must concede, however, that with few exceptions (basically Nielsen, and Sibelius in neighboring Finland), the Northern symphonies are as good as unknown in concert halls around the world. Obviously, many of the works listed below cannot compete in quality and memorability with their famous counterparts in the so-called "basic repertoire." However, there are also many wonderful works that ought to be heard by a more general public who would immediately recognize what treasures they have been missing. Romantics such as Svendsen, Halvorsen, Stenhammar, Atterberg and Glass and modernists such as Rosenberg, Saeverud, Holmboe and Nørgård come immediately to mind as composers to start one's "symphonic explorations" with.

 

A wish list
The composer paragraphs below include lists of unrecorded symphonies by those already represented but what follows is a brief "wish to hear" list of such works by composers thus far totally unrecorded:

Erik Åkerberg (1868-1938) Sweden: Symphony in E minor
Alfred Nikolai Andersen-Wingar (1869-1952) Norway. 4 Symphonies
Bror Beckman (1866-1929): Sweden: Symphony in F
Jørgen Bentzon (1897-1951) Denmark: 2 Symphonies
Erling Brene (1896-1980): Denmark: 3 Symphonies
Hjalmar Borgström (1864-1925) Norway: 2 Symphonies
Arne Eggen (1881-1955) Norway: Symphony in G minor..(1920)
Gunnar Ek (1900-1982) Sweden: 3 Symphonies
Catherinus Elling (1858-1942) Norway: 2 Symphonies
Johannes Haarklou (1847-1925) Norway: 4 Symphonies
Emil Hartmann (1836-1898) Denmark: 7 Symphonies
Harald Heide (1876-1956) Norway: Symphonie Romantique
Gustaf Helsted (1857-1924) Denmark: 2 Symphonies
Albert Henneberg (1901-1991) Sweden: 6 Symphonies
Fini Henriques (1867-1949) Denmark: Symphony in C
Ole Hjellemo (1873-1838) Norway:: 5 Symphonies
Finn Hoffding (1899-1997) 4 Symphonies
Sigurd Islandmoen (1881-1964) Norway: 2 Symphonies
Ingemar Liljefors (1906-1981) Sweden: Symphony, Op. 15
Johan Backer Lunde (1874-1958) Norway: Symphony in D minor
Otto Malling (1848-1915) Denmark: Symphony in D minor
Einar Oulie (1890-1957) Norway: 2 Symphonies
Gustaf Paulson (1913-1966) Sweden: 13 Symphonies
Stig Rybrant (1916-1985): Sweden: 2 Symphonies
Svend S. Schultz (1913-1998): Denmark: 7 Symphonies
Eirík Árna Sigtryggsson (b. 1943) Iceland: 5 Symphonies
Marius Ulfrstad (1890-1968) Norway: 5 Symphonies
Adolf Wiklund (1879-1950) Sweden: Symphony, Op. 20

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I have received a lot of help in preparing this work. For this particular Discography, I am especially indebted to my Swedish friend Stig Jacobsson who looked over all the CD and LP listings and let me know about a substantial number of recordings that I had missed. If that name looks familiar you will have recognized it from the brilliant notes he has written over the years for hundreds of Scandinavian LPs and CDs as well as books and articles about Scandinavian composers. Special thanks also to G.P. Gennaro for his specialized knowledge of the recordings of Carl Nielsen's Symphonies. As in my previous Discographies, Rob Barnett of MusicWeb helped eliminate a lot of errors by proofreading the entire work. I am very grateful to him as well as to MusicWeb's webmaster Len Mullenger who has kindly hosted and helped me prepare my Discographies for the website and has patiently instructed me on the use of a software program that has made it easier for me get my work ready for the internet.

Please note that all recordings listed are CDs unless specifically designated as LPs.

Finally, as this book is published online it can always be a work in progress as the author has the ability to amend the work when necessary with very little difficulty. A work of this type is bound to contain errors and omissions as so much material has been gathered from so many diverse sources. Therefore, I ask anyone who reads this book and finds such errors or omissions to please let me know at mherman@mindspring.com. I would be very grateful indeed.


COMPOSER INDEX

AAGUIST (JOHANSEN), SVEND (b. 1948), Denmark
ABRAHAMSEN
, HANS (b. 1952), Denmark
ALEXANDERSSON, HELMER (1886-1927), Sweden
ALFVÉN, HUGO (1872-1960), Sweden
ALNÆS, EYVIND (1872-1932), Norway
ANDRÉE, ELFRIDA (1841-1929), Sweden
ATTERBERG, KURT (1887-1974), Sweden
BÄCK, SVEN-ERIK (1919-1994), Sweden
BADEN, CONRAD (1908-1989), Norway
BENDIX, VICTOR (1851-1926), Denmark
BENGTSSON, GUSTAF (1886-1965), Sweden
BENTZON, NIELS VIGGO (1919-2000), Denmark
BERG, NATHANAEL (1879-1957), Sweden
BERWALD, FRANZ (1796-1868), Sweden
BIBALO, ANTONIO (1922-2008), (Italy)/Norway
BLOMDAHL, KARL-BIRGER (1916-1968), Sweden
BOLDEMANN, LACI (1921-1969), (Finland)/Sweden
BORISOVA-OLLAS, VICTORIA (b. 1969), (Russia)/Sweden
BØRRESEN, HAKON (1876-1954), Denmark
BÖRTZ, DANIEL (b. 1943), Sweden
BRÆIN, EDVARD FLIFLET (1924-1976), Norway
BROMAN, STEN (1902-1983), Sweden
BRUSTAD, BJARNE (1895-1978), Norway
BUCHT, GUNNAR (b. 1927), Sweden
BYSTRÖM, OSCAR (1821-1909), Sweden
CARLSTEDT, JAN (1926-2004), Sweden
CRUSELL, BERNHARD (1775-1838), (Finland)/Sweden
DEÁK, CSABA (b. 1932), (Hungary)/Sweden
EGGE, KLAUS (1906-1979), Norway
EICHBERG, SØREN NILS (b. 1973, Denmark)
EIRIKSDÓTTIR, KARÓLINA (b. 1953), Iceland
EKLUND, HANS (1927-1999), Sweden
ELIASSON, ANDERS (1947-2013), Sweden
ENNA, AUGUST (1860-1939), Denmark
FERNSTRÖM, JOHN (1897-1961), Sweden
FRANDSEN, JOHN (b. 1956), Denmark
FRANKE-BLOM, LARS-ÅKE (b. 1941), Sweden
FRØHLICH, JOHANNES FREDERIK (1806-1860), Denmark
GADE, NIELS WILHELM (1817-1890), Denmark
GERSON, GEORGE (1790-1825), Denmark
GLASS, LOUIS (1864-1936), Denmark
GRAM, PEDER (1881-1956), Denmark
GRANDERT, JOHNNY (b. 1939), Sweden
GRIEG, EDVARD (1843-1907), Norway
GRØNDAHL, TERJE (b. 1960), Norway
GROVEN, EIVIND (1901-1977), Norway
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, PELLE (b. 1932), Denmark
HAGERUP BULL, EDVARD (1922-2012), Norway
HÄGG, JAKOB ADOLF (1850-1928), Sweden
HALVORSEN, JOHAN (1864-1935), Norway
HAMERIK, ASGER (1843-1923), Denmark
HAMERIK, EBBE (1898-1951), Denmark
HARTMANN, JOHAN PETER EMILIUS (1805-1900), Denmark
HAUG, HALVOR (b. 1952), Norway
HEDWALL, LENNART (b. 1932), Sweden
HEGDAL, MAGNE (b. 1944), Norway
HELSTED, CARL (1818-1904), Denmark
HERMANSON, ÅKE (1923-1996), Sweden
HOLEWA, HANS (1905-1991), (Austria)/Sweden
HOLMBOE, VAGN (1909-1996), Denmark
HOLTER, IVER (1850-1941), Norway
HURUM, ALF (1882-1972), Norway
IRGENS-JENSEN, LUDVIG (1894-1959) Norway
JOHANSON, SVEN-ERIC (1919-1997), Sweden
JOHNSEN, HALLVARD (1916-2003), Norway
JONSSON, JOSEF (1887-1969), Sweden
JOSEPHSON, JACOB AXEL (1818-1880), Sweden
KALLSTENIUS, EDVIN (1881-1967), Sweden
KARKOFF, MAURICE (b. 1927), Sweden
KARLSEN, KJELL MØRK (b. 1947), Norway
KAYSER, LEIF (1919-2001), Denmark
KIELLAND, OLAV (1916-1985), Norway
KLEIBERG, STÅLE (b. 1958), Norway
KLENAU, PAUL VON (1883-1946), Denmark
KLEVEN, ARVID (1899-1929) Norway
KOCH, ERLAND VON (1910-2009), Sweden
KOPPEL, ANDERS (b. 1947), Denmark
KOPPEL, HERMAN DAVID (1909-1998), Denmark
KVANDAL, JOHAN (1919-1999), Norway
LANGE-MÜLLER, PETER ERASMUS (1850-1926), Denmark
LANGGAARD, RUED (1893-1952), Denmark
LARSSON, LARS-ERIK (1908-1986), Sweden
LEIFS, JÓN (1899-1968), Iceland
LIE, HARALD (1902-1942), Norway
LIE, SIGURD (1871-1904), Norway
LILJEFORS, RUBEN (1871-1936), Sweden
LILLEBJERKA, SIGMUND (b. 1931), Norway
LINDBERG, OSKAR (1887-1955), Sweden
LINDBLAD, ADOLF FREDRIK (1801-1878), Sweden
LINDE, BO (1933-1970), Sweden
LUNDQUIST, TORBJÖRN IWAN (1920-2000), Sweden
MARÓS, MIKLÓS (b. 1943), (Hungary)/Sweden
MARTHINSEN, NIELS (b. 1963), Denmark
MELCHERS, HENRIK MELCHER (1882-1961), Sweden
MELLNÄS, ARNE (1933-2002), Sweden
MORTENSEN, FINN (1922-1983), Norway
NIELSEN, CARL (1865-1931), Denmark
NIELSEN, LUDOLF (1876-1939), Denmark
NIELSEN SVEND (b. 1937), Denmark
NØRGÅRD, PER (b. 1936), Denmark
NØRHOLM, IB (b. 1931), Denmark
NORMAN, LUDVIG (1831-1885), Sweden
NYSTEDT, KNUT (b. 1915), Norway
NYSTROEM, GÖSTA (1890-1966), Sweden
ÖLANDER, PER AUGUST (1824-1886), Sweden
OLSEN. OLE (1850-1927), Norway
OLSSON, OTTO (1879-1964), Sweden
ØRBECK, ANNE-MARIE (1911-1996), Norway
PERGAMENT, MOSES (1893-1977), (Finland)/Sweden
PETERSON-BERGER, WILHELM (1867-1942), Sweden
PETTERSSON, ALLAN (1911-1980), Sweden
PHILIP, HANS-ERIK (b. 1943), Denmark
RANGSTRÖM, TURE (1884-1947), Sweden
RASMUSSEN, KARL AAGE (b. 1947), Denmark
RASMUSSEN, SUNLEIF (b. 1961), Denmark (Faroe Islands)
RIISAGER, KNUDÅGE (1897-1974) Denmark
ROSENBERG, HILDING (1892-1985), Sweden
ROVSING OLSEN, POUL (1922-1982), Denmark
RUBENSON, ALBERT (1826-1901), Sweden
RUDERS, POUL (b. 1949), Denmark
RYPDAL, TERJE (b. 1947), Norway
SÆVERUD, HARALD (1897-1992), Norway
SANDBY, HERMAN (1881-1965), Denmark
SCHIERBECK, POUL (1988-1949), Denmark
SCHJELDERUP, GERHARD (1859-1933), Norway
SCHMIDT, OLE (1928-2010), Denmark
SILLÉN, JOSEF OTTO AF (1859-1951), Sweden
SIMONSEN, RUDOLPH (1889-1947), Denmark
SINDING, CHRISTIAN (1856-1941), Norway
SKÖLD, YNGVE (1899-1992), Sweden
SÖDERLIND, RAGNAR (b. 1945), Norway
SOLBERG, LEIF (b. 1914), Norway
SOMMERFELDT, ØISTEIN (1919-1994), Norway
SÖRENSON, TORSTEN (1908-1992), Sweden
SPEIGHT, JOHN (b.1945) Iceland
STENHAMMAR, WILHELM (1871-1927), Sweden
SVENDSEN, JOHAN (1840-1911), Norway
SYBERG, FRANZ (1904-1955), Denmark
TARP, SVEND ERIK (1908-1994), Denmark
THÓRARINSSON, LEIFUR (1934-98), Iceland
THYRESTAM, GUNNAR (1900-1984), Sweden
TVEITT, GEIRR (1908-1981), Norway
VALEN, FARTEIN (1887-1952), Norway
VALKARE, GUNNAR (b. 1943), Sweden
WERLE, LARS JOHAN (1926-2001), Sweden
WEYSE, CHRISTOPH (1774-1842), Denmark
WINTER-HJELM, OTTO (1837-1931), Norway
WIRÉN, DAG (1905-1986), Sweden 

SVEND AAGUIST (JOHANSEN)
(b. 1948, DENMARK)

Sinfonia (1976)

Frans Rasmussen/Danish RAdio Sinfonietta
( + Norholm: Fluctuations and Holm: Cumulus and Eurydice Hesitates)
PAULA 16 (LP) (1982)

 

HANS ABRAHAMSEN
(b. 1952), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. As a child he studied the French horn but already displayed a talent for composition. His formal training began at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.where he continued his study of the French horn but also had composition lessons with Niels Viggo Bentzon. Later on he had further lessons in composiion with Per Nørgård, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and György Ligeti. He teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In addition to his Symphony his orchestral works include Stratifications, Nacht und Trompeten, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Four Pieces for Orchestra.

Symphony No. 1 (1974)

Ole Schmidt/Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music
( + Gade: Echoes of Ossian Overture, Hornemann: Furre Suite and Nørgård: Twilight)
KONTRAPUNKT 32194 (1994)

 

HELMER ALEXANDERSSON
(1886-1927), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied at the Stockholm Conservatory where Johan Lindegren was his theory teacher as well as with Jean Paul Ertel in Berlin. He worked as a violinist accompanying movies and also wrote some of the earliest Swedish film scores. His other orchestral music includes his Symphony No. 1 in G major, written as a student, as well as a Clarinet Concerto, 2 Horn Concertos, Rhapsody on Swedish Folksongs and Dances and an Olympic March.

Symphony No. 2 in G minor (1914, rev. 1919)

Paul Mägi /Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
( + Overture in C minor}
STERLING CDS-1076-2 (2008)

 

HUGO ALFVÉN
(1872-1960), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied composition at the Stockholm Conservatory as well as privately with Johan Lindegren and also studied the violin and painting. Having furthered his violin training in Belgium under the renowned César Thomson, he earned a living by playing the violin at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as well as in the Royal Court Orchestra. By the start of the 20th century, his musical career was basically devoted to composition but included a four decade musical directorship of Uppsala University as well as orchestral and choral conducting. He is probably Sweden's most famous and popular composer with his 1st Swedish Rhapsody, "Midsommarvarka," known worldwide. In addition to the 5 Symphonies, his other orchestral works include 2 further Swedish Rhapsodies, A Legend of the Skerries, Festspel, the ballet "The Prodigal Son, ballet-pantomime "The Mountain King" and the suite from the incidental music to "Gustav II Adolf."

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 7 (1897)

Neeme Järvi/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Swedish Rhapsody No. 2, Drapa and Andante Religioso)
BIS CD-395 (1994)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + En Skärgårdssägen)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1001 (1986)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33213) (1972)

Niklas Willén/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Swedish Rhapsody No. 2 and Festspel)
NAXOS 8.553962 (1998)


Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11 (1897-8)

Neeme Järvi/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Swedish Rhapsody No. 1)
BIS CD-385 (1993)

Leif Segerstam/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1005 (1986)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33211) (1972)

Yevgeny Svetlanov/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
MUSICA SVECIAE MSCD627

Niklas Willén/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + The Prodigal Son)
NAXOS 8.555072 (2001)


Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 23 (1905)

Hugo Alfvén/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1950)
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5, Swedish Rhapsodies Nos. 1 and 3, Synnöve Solbakken, Cantata for the 500th anniversary of the Swedish Parliament, Gustaf II Adolf Suite: Breitenfeld, Symphony No. 2 (excerpt) and Songs)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 109 (3 CDs) (1997)
(original LP release: HMV (Sweden) 053-34620) (1972)

Nils Grevillius/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Swedish Rhapsody No. 3)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1008 (1986)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33161) (1964)

Neeme Järvi/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Swedish Rhapsody No. 3 and The Prodigal Son)
BIS CD-455 (1993)

Niklas Willén/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Swedish Rhapsody No. 3 and En Skärgårdssägen)
NAXOS 8.553729 (1999)


Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 39 for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra "Från Havsbandet" (1919)

Hugo Alfvén/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1947)
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5, Swedish Rhapsodies Nos. 1 and 3, Synnöve Solbakken, Cantata for the 500th anniversary of the Swedish Parliament, Gustaf II Adolf Suite: Breitenfeld, Symphony No. 2 (excerpt) and Songs)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 109 (3 CDs) (1997)

Nils Grevillius/Gunilla af Malmborg (soprano)/Sven-Erik Wikström (tenor)/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
(included in collection: "Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, 75 years - 1914-1989")
BIS CD-421-4 (4 CDs) (1988)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33186/DECCA SXL 6034) (1962)

Neeme Järvi/ Christina Högman (soprano)/Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö (tenor) Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + En Skärgårdssägen)
BIS CD-505 (1994)

Yevgeny Svetlanov/Galina Simkina (soprano) Andrei Salnikov (tenor)/ Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1989)
( + Debussy La Mer)
RUSSIAN DISC RDCD 00693 (2001)/WARNER SVETLANOV EDITION 5101 14509-2 (2006)

Stig Westerberg/Elizabeth Söderström(soprano)/Gösta Winbergh (tenor)/ Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
BLUEBELL ABCD 001 (1989)
(original LP release: BLUEBELL BELL 107) (1979)

Niklas Willén/Arndis Halla (soprano)/Johann Valdimarsson (tenor)/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Festival Overture)
NAXOS 8.557284 (2004)


Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op. 54 (1942-53)

Hugo Alfvén/Royal Swedish Orchestra (1st movement) (rec. 1942)
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4, Swedish Rhapsodies Nos. 1 and 3, Synnöve Solbakken, Cantata for the 500th anniversary of the Swedish Parliament, Gustaf II Adolf Suite: Breitenfeld, Symphony No. 2 (excerpt) and Songs)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 109 (3 CDs) (1997)
(original LP release: CUPOL CLPM 5001) (LP) (c.1970)

Neeme Järvi/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Gustav II Adolf: Suite - Elegy and Bergakungen))
BIS CD-585 (1994)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1st movement)
( + Gustav II Adolf: Suite
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1013 (1986)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33174) (1967)

Niklas Willén/ Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Andante Religioso)
NAXOS 8.557612 (2007)

 

EYVIND ALNÆS
(1872-1932), NORWAY

Born in Fredrikstad, Østfold county. He studied music first in Oslo with Iver Holter, then in Leipzig with Carl Reinecke and in Berlin with Julius Ruthardt. He worked as an organist in Drammen and also played the organ in several churches and conducted choirs in Oslo. He helped found the Norwegian Society of Composers. Most of his works are for for organ, piano, and voice and it is for his songs that he is best known. He also composed a Piano Concerto.


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 7 (1898)

Terje Mikkelsen/Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
STERLING CDS 1084-2 (2009)

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (1923)

Terje Mikkelsen/Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
STERLING CDS 1084-2 (2009)

 

ELFRIDA ANDRÉE
(1841-1929), SWEDEN

Born in Gothenburg. She studied at the Stockholm Conservatory graduating as an organist and then studied composition with Ludvig Norman and Hermann Berens. She worked primarily as a church organist and also taught this instrument. She composed over 100 works in various genres including Symphony No. 1 in C (1869) and 2 orchestral suites from her opera "Fritiof's Saga."

Symphony No. 2 in A minor (1893)

Gustaf Sjökvist/Stockholm Symphony Orchestra
( + Fritiof Suite)
STERLING CDS-1016-2 (1995)


Symphony No 2 in E-flat for Organ and Brass (1892)

Ragnar Bolin/Ralph Gustafsson (organ)/Brass Ensemble,
( + organ music)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1085 (1998)

John Eriksson/Olle Johansson (organ)/Musikhögskolans Brassensemble,
( + Danielsson, Rautavaara, Sjögren - organ music)
URIEL 7 (LP) (1984)

 

KURT ATTERBERG
(1887-1974), SWEDEN

Born in Gothenburg. He studied composition and orchestration under Andreas Hallén at the Stockholm Conservatory but was basically self-taught in composition. He was also trained as an engineer and worked for many years at the National Patent Office. He composed prolifically in various genres but specialized in works for orchestra. In addition to his cycle of Symphonies, his large orchestral catalogue also includes Concertos for Piano, Violin, Cello and Horn, 9 Orchestral Suites and many shorter works. His musical career also included conducting and criticism and he was one of the founding members of the Society of Swedish Composers.

Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 3 (1909-1911)

Ari Rasilainen/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CPO 999639-2 (2000)

Stig Westerberg /Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
STERLING CDS 1010-2 (1993)
(original LP release: STERLING S 1010) (1986)


Symphony No. 2 in F major, Op. 6 (1912-3)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
CHANDOS CHSA 5133 (2014)

Ari Rasilainen/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CPO 999565-2 (2002)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Suite No. 3)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1006 (1986)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33179) (1967)


Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 10 "Västkustbilder" (1916)

Sixten Ehrling/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Horn Concerto)
CAPRICE 21364 (1988)
(original LP release: CAPRICE CAP 1250) (1982)

Ari Rasilainen/NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover
( + Symphony No. 6)
CPO 999640-2 (2000)


Symphony No. 4 in G minor, Op. 14 "Sinfonia Piccola" (1918)

Sten Frykberg/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
STERLING CDS 1010-2 (1993)
(original LP release: STERLING S 1003) (1976)

Robert Heger/Berlin State Opera Orchestra (rec. c. 1928)
(included in collection: "Historical Anthology of Orchestral Music (from 78s) Volume Two")
TLC 2585 (4 LPs) (1976)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6, Suite No. 3 and Värmland Rhapsody)
CHANDOS CHSA 5116 (2013)

Ari Rasilainen/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CPO 999639-2 (2000)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 20 "Sinfonia Funèbre" (1919-22)

Lennart Hedwall/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
ARIES LP-1624 (unauthorized LP - artists not confirmed)

Ari Rasilainen/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CPO 999565-2 (2002)

Stig Westerberg/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Kallstenius: A Summernight's Serenade and Lindberg: From the Great Forests)
MUSICA SVECIAE MSCD620 (1992)


Symphony No. 6 in C major, Op. 31 "Dollar Symphony" (1927-8)

Kurt Atterberg/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1928)
(included in collection: "Historical Anthology of Orchestral Music (from 78s) Volume Two")
TLC 2585 (4 LPs) (1976)

Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1928)
(+ Mozart: Magic Flute Overture, Symphony No. 34, Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden, Grieg: The Nightingale and The Emigant)
DUTTON CDLX 7026 (1997)
(original LP release: HMV (Sweden) 037-35928) (1982)

Lennart Hedwall/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
ARIES LP-1624 (unauthorized LP - artists not confirmed)

Jun'ichi Hirokami/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Värmland Rhapsody and Ballad without Words)
BIS CD-553 (1994)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Suite No. 3 and Värmland Rhapsody)
CHANDOS CHSA 5116 (2013)

Hiroshi Kodama/Osaka Symphony Orchestra
( + Elgar: Serenade for Strings)
KING RECORDS KICC 792 (2009)

Ari Rasilainen/NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover
( + Symphony No. 3)
CPO 999640-2 (2000)

Arturo Toscanini/NBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1943)
( + Barber: Adagio for Strings, Fernandez: Batuque, R. Strauss: Don Juan and Ravel: La Valse)
GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD2348 (2009)
(original LP release: ARTURO TOSCANINI SOCIETY ATS 1009) (1970)


Symphony No. 7, Op. 45 "Sinfonia Romantica" (1941-2, rev. 1972)

Michail Jurovski /Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
STERLING CDS-1026-2 (1999)

Ari Rasilainen/Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
CPO 999641-2 (2001)


Symphony No. 8 in E minor, Op. 48 "På Svenska Folkmotiv" (1944-5)

Lennart Hedwall/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Busoni: Overture to a Comedy)
ARIES LP-1630 (unauthorized LP - artists not confirmed)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CHANDOS CHSA 5133 (2014)

Michail Jurovski /Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
STERLING CDS-1026-2 (1999)

Ari Rasilainen/Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
CPO 999641-2 (2001)


Symphony No. 9, Op. 54 "Sinfonia Visionaria" for Mezzo Soprano, Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (1955-1956)

Ari Rasilainen/Satu Vihainen (mezzo)/Gabriel Suovanen (baritone)/NDR Chorus/Prague Chamber Choir/NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover
( + Älven)
CPO 999913-2 (2003)


Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 53 (1953)

Ulf Wallin/Camerata Nordica
( + Adagio Amoroso, Intermezzo, Prelude and Fugue and Suite No.7)
CPO 777156-2 (2006)


SVEN-ERIK BÄCK
(1919-1994), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied the violin with Charles Barkel and composition with Hilding Rosenberg and then received further composition lessons at the Schola Cantorum, Basel and with Goffredo Petrassi in Rome. He was the violinist in the Kyndel and Barkel String Quartets and was Director of the Edsberg Music Institute Foundation. He composed operas, ballets and a large number of orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. His other orchestral works include a Violin Concerto, "Ciklos" and "A Game Around a Game."

Sinfonia per Archi (1951)

Kammerorkestern 1953
( + Hindemith; 5 Pieces and Martinu: Sextet)
SVERIGES RADIO RELP 1062 (LP)

Sinfonia da Camera (1955)

Herbert Blomstedt/members of the Swedish Radio Orchestra
( + Wiren: Symphony No. 4 and Blomdahl: Dance Suite No. 2)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL LT 33123 (LP) (1956)

 

CONRAD BADEN
(1908-1989), NORWAY

Born in Drammen, Buskerud County (original family name: Jørgensen). He graduated as organist from the Oslo Music Conservatory and then traveled to Germany to study composition at the Leipzig Academy with Günter Raphael and Kurt Thomas. Back in Norway, he studied counterpoint under Per Steenberg and instrumentation and composition with Bjarne Brustad. He completed his studies in Paris and also attended classes in composition under Honegger. He worked as an organist, music critic and taught counterpoint, harmony and composition at the Music Conservatory in Oslo. He composed prolifically in all genres except opera and electronics. His 5 earlier Symphonies are as follows: Nos. 1, Op. 34 (1952), 2, Op. 42 (1957), 3, Op. 48 "Sinfonia Piccola" (1959) 4, Op. 85 (1970) and 5, Op. 109 "Sinfonia Voluntatis" (1976). Other major orchestral works include a Concerto for Orchestra as well as Concertos for Piano, Viola, Cello and Bassoon.

Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Espressiva" (1980)

Karsten Andersen/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Johnsen: Symphony No. 3 and Brustad: Symphony No. 2)
AURORA CONTEMPORARY NCD-B 4939 (1988)
(original LP release: NORWEGIAN COMPOSERS NC 4900) (1983)

 

VICTOR BENDIX
(1851-1926), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He was a pupil of Niels W. Gade and J.P.E. Hartmann at the Copenhagen Conservatory and also had piano lessons from Franz Liszt at Weimar. In Copenhagen, he worked as assistant conductor at the Royal Theatre, conducted other orchestras and choral groups and was a renowned piano teacher. In addition to his 4 Symphonies, he composed a Piano Concerto, chamber music, piano music, and songs.

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 16 "On the Mountain" (1882)

Evgeny Shestakov/Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4)
DANACORD DACOCD 436-437 (2 CDs) (1999)


Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 20 "Sounds of Summer from South Russia" (1888)

Evgeny Shestakov/Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 4)
DANACORD DACOCD 436-437 (2 CDs) (1999)


Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 (1894)

Evgeny Shestakov/Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4)
DANACORD DACOCD 436-437 (2 CDs) (1999)


Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 30 (1905)

Evgeny Shestakov/Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3)
DANACORD DACOCD 436-437 (2 CDs) (1999)

 

GUSTAF BENGTSSON
(1886-1965), SWEDEN

Born in Vadstena, Östergötland Province. His initial musical education came from his father who taught him the organ and violin before his formal studies of the organ, counterpoint and composition at the Stockholm Conservatory. In addition, he had private lessons in counterpoint and composition with Johan Lindegren and further training in Berlin and Paris with Paul Juon and Hugo Riemann. He worked as an organist, violinist and conductor and also had an academic career that included the Directorship of the Linköping Municipal School of Music. He composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal music. His orchestral catalogue includes 2 further numbered Symphonies: Nos. 2 in D minor (1910) and 3 in C minor (1921) as well as Sinfonietta Concertante for Violin, Viola and Chamber Orchestra (1950) and Concertos for Violin and Cello.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1908)

Mats Liljefors/Gävle Symphony Orchestra
( + Vettern and I Vadstena Kloster: Suite)
STERLING CDS-1008-2 (1997)

 

NIELS VIGGO BENTZON
(1919-2000), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied and played piano as a child and went on to the Copenhagen Conservatory where where he studied theory with Knud Jeppesen as well as organ and piano. He toured as a pianist and also taught at the Åarhus Conservatory as well as the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. His compositional catalogue is enormous and ranges from operas to solo pieces for instruments and voices. Of Bentzon's numbered Symphonies, the following have not been commercially recorded: Nos. 1, Op. 22 (1942), 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 36 (1945), 6, Op. 66 (1955), 9, Op. 126 (1960), 10, Op. 150 (1963), 11, Op. 158 "Salzburg Symphonies" (1964), 12, Op. 166 "Tunis" (1964), 13, Op. 181 "Military" (1965), 14, Op. 183 (1965), 15, Op. 432 (1980), 16, Op. 509 (1987), 17, Op. 522 (1988), 18, Op. 523 (1988), 19, Op. 524 (1989), 20 (1988), 21, Op. 537 (1988-9), 22, Op. 527 "Esbjerg Symphony" (1991), 23, Op. 558 "Kaldet Piraeus" (1992) and 24, Op. 597 (1994-5). Other Symphonies are: Sinfonietta, Op. 66 (1950), Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 100, Sinfonia da Camera, Op 139 (1962), Sinfonia Concertante for 6 Accordions and Orchestra, Op. 178 (1965), Mini-Symfoni, Op. 231 (1968), Sinfonietta for Brass Band, Timpani and Percussion, Op. 378 (1976), Sinfonia Concertante No. 2 for Wind Quintet and Orchestra, Op 390 (1976) and Sinfonia, Op. 402 (1977). His orchestral output also comprises numerous Concertos including 8 for Piano, 4 for Violin and 3 for Cello. His cousin Jørgen Bentzon (1897-1951) was also a prominent composer whose works include 2 Symphonies.

Symphony No. 3, Op. 46 (1947)

Ole Schmidt/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DACAPO DCCD 9102 (1993)
(original release: PHILIPS/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA 056-7 {2 LPs}) (1982)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 55 "Metamorphosis" (1948-49)

Ole Schmidt/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO DCCD 9102 (1993)
(original LP release: PHILIPS/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA 078) (1984)


Symphony No.5, Op. 61 "Ellipser" (1950)

Ole Schmidt/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
DACAPO 8.224111 (1999)
(original release: PHILIPS/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA 056-7 {2 LPs}) (1982)


Symphony No.7, Op. 83 "De tre Versioner" (1953)

Ole Schmidt/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
DACAPO 8.224111 (1999)
(original release: PHILIPS/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA 056-7 {2 LPs}) (1982)


Symphony No. 8, Op. 113 "Sinfonia Discrezione" (1957)

Douglas Bostock/Gothenburg-Aarhus Philharmonic
( + Symphonic Variations)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 622 (2006)

 

NATANAEL BERG
(1879-1957), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied at the Stockholm Conservatory and took counterpoint lessons with Johan Lindegren and had further studies in Belin, Paris and Vienna but was essentially self-taught in composition. He earned his living as a veterinarian but still found the time to compose a sizeable body of music including 5 operas, 3 ballets, 5 Symphonies, several symphonic poems, Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Serenade for Violin and Orchestra, Piano Quintet, ballades, lieder, and pieces for piano. His 5th Symphony with the title "Trilogia delle Passioni" was written in 1924.

Symphony No. 1 "Alles Endet, was Entstehet" (1913)

Ari Rasilainen/Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
( + Symphony No. 2)
CPO 8996730 (2009)


Symphony No. 2 "Arstiderna" (1916)

Ari Rasilainen/Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
( + Symphony No. 1)
CPO 8996730 (2009)


Symphony No 3 "Makter" (Power) (1917)

Ari Rasilainen/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Hertiginnans Friare: Suite and Reverenza)
CPO 777325-2 (2011)


Symphony No. 4, "Pezzo Sinfonico" (1918, rev. 1939)

Göran W Nilson /Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto and Birgitta: Suite)
STERLING CDS 1019-2 (1999)

Mats Rondin/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Traumgewalten and Song of Songs)
MUSICA SVECIAE PSCD 721 (2003)

 

FRANZ BERWALD
(1796-1868),
SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm the descendent of several generations of German musicians. He was taught the violin by his father and had composition lessons from the Swiss-born Edouard du Puy. He worked as an orchestral violinist but wound up earning his living first as an orthopedic surgeon and then as a sawmill operator while composing steadily in various genres. Although shunned by the Swedish musical establishment for most of his life he has been recognized posthumously as the most important Swedish composer during the first half of the 19th century. In addition to his Symphonies, his orchestral catalogue also includes Concertos for Piano and Violin and a number of shorter works with descriptive titles.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor "Sinfonie Sérieuse" (1842)

Ulf Björlin /Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4, Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Elfenspiel, Estrella de Soria Overture, Reminiscences from the Norwegian Mountains, Racing, Queen of Golconda Overture, Bajadarfesten and Serious and Joyful Fancies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 5009202 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5096 {4 LPs})) (1977)

Herbert Blomstedt /San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DECCA 436597-2 (1993)

Sten Broman/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1968)
( + Symphony No. 3, Estrella de Soria Overture and Symphony No. 1 cond. by Mann)
CAPRICE COLLECTOR'S CLASSICS CAP 22032 (2 CDs) (2003)

Fritz Busch/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1951)
(included in collection: "Fritz Busch in Performance")
JS EDITIONS KARLSRUHE 03398 (2003)
(original release: DISCOPHILIA DIS 142-4 {3 LPs}) (1974)

Thomas Dausgaard /Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Reminiscences from the Norwegian Mountains)
CHANDOS CHAN 10303 (2005)

Sixten Ehrling/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4 and Bassoon Concertstück)
BIS CD-795-6 (2 CDs) (1996)

Sixten Ehrling/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Nystroem: Merchant of Venice Suite)
SVERIGES RADIO RELP 1105 (LP) (1970)

Roy Goodman/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, and 4, Symphony in A major - fragment, Estrella de Soria Overture and Queen of Golconda Overture)
HYPERION DYAD CDD22043 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original release: HYPERION CDA67081-2 {2 CDs}) (1996)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 415502-2 (2 CDs) (1985)

Okko Kamu/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Estrella de Soria Overture)
NAXOS 8.553051 (1996)

Tor Mann/ Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1946)
( + Symphony No. 3, Estrella de Soria Overture and Symphony No. 1 cond. by Broman)
CAPRICE COLLECTOR'S CLASSICS CAP 22032 (2 CDs) (2003)

David Montgomery/Jena Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4)
ARTE NOVA 7432137862-2 (2 CDs)

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1962)
( + Symphony No. 3)
ACCORD CD 149150 (1985)
(original LP release: NONESUCH H-71087)(1965)


Symphony No. 2 in D major "Sinfonie Capricieuse" (1842)

Ulf Björlin /Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 4, Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Elfenspiel, Estrella de Soria Overture, Reminiscences from the Norwegian Mountains, Racing, Queen of Golconda Overture, Bajadarfesten and Serious and Joyful Fancies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 5009202 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5096 {4 LPs})) (1977)

Thomas Dausgaard /Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Reminiscences from the Norwegian Mountains)
CHANDOS CHAN 10303 (2005)

Antal Dorati/ Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 2)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1046 (1987)
(original LP release: RCA VICTROLA VICS 1319) (1968)

Sixten Ehrling/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 4 and Bassoon Concertstück)
BIS CD-795-6 (2 CDs) (1996)

Roy Goodman/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, and 4, Symphony in A major - fragment, Estrella de Soria Overture and Queen of Golconda Overture)
HYPERION DYAD CDD22043 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original release: HYPERION CDA67081-2 {2 CDs}) (1996)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 4)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 415502-2 (2 CDs) (1985)

Okko Kamu/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Estrella de Soria Overture)
NAXOS 8.553051 (1996)

David Montgomery/Jena Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 4)
ARTE NOVA 7432137862-2 (2 CDs)

Roberto Tigani/Orchestra Sinfonica di Sassari
( + Violin Concerto)
BONGIOVANNI GB50742 (1998)


Symphony No. 3 in C major "Sinfonie Singulière" (1845)

Ulf Björlin /Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4, Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Elfenspiel, Estrella de Soria Overture, Reminiscences from the Norwegian Mountains, Racing, Queen of Golconda Overture, Bajadarfesten and Serious and Joyful Fancies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 5009202 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5096 {4 LPs})) (1977)

Herbert Blomstedt/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Lidholm: Ritornello and Roman: Symphony for Strings in E minor)
SVERIGES RADIO SRLP 1339 (LP) (1979)

Ivor Bolton/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
MEMBRAN 222816 (2006)
(original CD release: TRING INTERNATIONAL TRP 057) (1996)

Sten Broman/ Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1968)
( + Symphony No. 1, Estrella de Soria Overture and Symphony No. 3 cond. by Mann)
CAPRICE COLLECTOR'S CLASSICS CAP 22032 (2 CDs) (2003)

Sergiu Celibidache/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1967)
(included in collection: "Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Sergiu Celibidache")
EMI CLASSICS 62872-2 (3 CDs) (2004)

Thomas Dausgaard /Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Elfenspiel)
CHANDOS CHAN 9921 (2002)

Sixten Ehrling/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DECCA SXL 6374 (LP) (1968)

Sixten Ehrling/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4 and Bassoon Concertstück)
BIS CD-795-6 (2 CDs) (1996)

Roy Goodman/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, and 4, Symphony in A major - fragment, Estrella de Soria Overture and Queen of Golconda Overture)
HYPERION DYAD CDD22043 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original release: HYPERION CDA67081-2 {2 CDs}) (1996)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 415502-2 (2 CDs) (1985)

Okko Kamu/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Piano Concerto)
NAXOS 8.553052 (1996)

Milton Katims/Seattle Symphony Orchestra
( + Glière: Red Poppy Suite)
SEATTLE SYMPHONY SS 5002 (LP) (1967)

Tor Mann/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1938)
( + Symphony No. 1, Estrella de Soria Overture and Symphony No. 3 cond. by Broman)
CAPRICE COLLECTOR'S CLASSICS CAP 22032 (2 CDs) (2003)

Igor Markevitch/Berlin Philharmonic
( + Schubert: Symphony No. 4)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ORIGINALS 457 705-2 (1998)
(original LP release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON LPM 18 317/DECCA GOLD LABEL DL 9853) (1957)

David Montgomery/Jena Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4)
ARTE NOVA 7432137862-2 (2 CDs)

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1977)
(included in collection: "Stockholm Philharmonic - 75 Years 1914-1989")
BIS CD-421-4 (8 CDs) (1989)

Max Rudolf/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
( + Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5)
DECCA GOLD SEAL DL 710144 (LP) (1967)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
MUSICA SVECIAE MSCD 531 (1991)

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1962)
( + Symphony No. 1)
ACCORD CD 149150 (1985)
(original LP release: NONESUCH H-71087) (1965)


Symphony No. 4 in E flat major "Sinfonie Naïve" (1845)

Ulf Björlin /Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Elfenspiel, Estrella de Soria Overture, Reminiscences from the Norwegian Mountains, Racing, Queen of Golconda Overture, Bajadarfesten and Serious and Joyful Fancies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 5009202 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5096 {4 LPs})) (1977)

Herbert Blomstedt /San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DECCA 436597-2 (1993)

Ivor Bolton/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1994)
( + Symphony No. 3)
MEMBRAN 222816 2006)
(original CD release: TRING INTERNATIONAL TRP 057) (1996)

Thomas Dausgaard /Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Elfenspiel)
CHANDOS CHAN 9921 (2002)

Sixten Ehrling/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DECCA SXL 6374/LONDON CS 6602(LP) (1968)

Sixten Ehrling/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and Bassoon Concertstück)
BIS CD-795-6 (2 CDs) (1996)

Roy Goodman/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, and 3, Symphony in A major - fragment, Estrella de Soria Overture and Queen of Golconda Overture)
HYPERION DYAD CDD22043 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original release: HYPERION CDA67081-2 {2 CDs}) (1996)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 415502-2 (2 CDs) (1985)

Okko Kamu/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Piano Concerto)
NAXOS 8.553052 (1996)

Igor Markevitch/Berlin Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 3)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ORIGINALS 457 705-2 (1998)
(original LP release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON LPM 18 317/DECCA GOLD LABEL DL 9853) (1957)

David Montgomery/Jena Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3)
ARTE NOVA 7432137862-2 (2 CDs)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
MUSICA SVECIAE MSCD 531 (1991)


Symphony in A major (1820, unfinished, fragment completed by D. Druce)

Roy Goodman/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4, Estrella de Soria Overture and Queen of Golconda Overture)
HYPERION DYAD CDD22043 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original release: HYPERION CDA67081-2 {2 CDs}) (1996)

 

ANTONIO BIBALO
(1922-2008), (ITALY)/NORWAY

Born in Trieste, Italy. He studied piano and received his diploma from the Conservatory of Trieste before going to London to study composition with Elisabeth Lutyens. He settled in Norway in 1956. He composed prolifically and had particular success with operas and ballets. The rest of his music is mainly instrumental including 2 Piano Concertos, 2 Chamber Concertos and 2 Symphonies (No. 2 from 1978-9) as well as much chamber music and works for solo piano.

Symphony No. 1 "Sinfonia Notturna" (1968)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Symphony Orchestra
( + Autunnale and Astrale for Wind Quintet)
AURORA CONTEMPORARY NCDB 4943 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 015) (1972)

 

KARL-BIRGER BLOMDAHL
(1916-1968), SWEDEN

Born in Växjö, Småland Province. Although educated in biochemistry, he first studied music with Hilding Rosenberg and went on to the Stockholm Academy of Music for conducting lessons with Tor Mann and baroque music with Mogens Wöldike. He taught composition at the Stockholm Academy of Music and was director of Swedish Radio. As a composer, he was the unofficial leader of a modernist circle known as the "Monday Group" that met in his house. He wrote operas, orchestral and chamber music. His other major orchestral works are Concertos for for Violin and Viola, a Chamber Concerto and a Concerto Grosso.

Symphony No. 1 (1943)

Leif Segerstam/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
BIS CD-611 (1994)


Symphony No. 2 (1947)

Antal Dorati/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Pettersson: Symphony No. 10)
HMV (Sweden) 061-35142 (LP) (1975)

Leif Segerstam/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
BIS CD-611 (1994)

Stig Westerberg/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Preludio e Allegro, Violin Concerto, Concerto Grosso and Concert Overture)
NANDI MAP CD 9024 (1990)


Symphony No. 3 "Facetter" (1950)

Sixten Ehrling/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Chamber Concert, Sisyfos Suite and Trio)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1037 (1999)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL LT 33135) (1958)

Sixten Ehrling/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Sisyfos Suite, Forma Ferritonans and The Journey on This Night)
CAPRICE CAP 21365 (1988)
(original LP release: CAPRICE 1251) (1980)

Leif Segerstam/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
BIS CD-611 (1994)

 

LACI BOLDEMANN
(1921-1969), (FINLAND)/SWEDEN

Born in Helsinki. He studied piano and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London where his teachers included Sir Henry Wood and had further piano lessons from Gunnar de Frumerie in Sweden. During World War II, as a Finnish citizen, he was obliged to fight with the German army and was taken prisoner and at the end of the war settled in Sweden. He taught at the Stockholm Citizens' School and was an officer in the Society of Swedish Composers. He composed opera, orchestral, chamber and vocal music. His other major orchestral works include a Symphony, Op. 18 (1962), Fantasia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra, Lyric Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Concertos for Piano and Trumpet.

Sinfonietta for Strings, Op. 11 (1954)

Berislav Klobucar/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Notturno, 4 Epitaphs and Lieder der Vergänglichkeit)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 29 (1994)


VICTORIA BORISOVA-OLLAS
(b. 1969), (RUSSIA)/SWEDEN

Born in Vladivostok, Russia. She graduated from the Central School of Music in Moscow and then from the famous Tchaikovsky Conservatory and continued her composition studies in Sweden at Malmö Music College and in England at the Royal College of Music in London. She settled permanently in Sweden. She has composed orchestra, chamber and vocal music. Her other orchestral works include "The Kingdom of Silence," "Angelus," "Before the Mountains Were Born" and "Colours of Autumn."

Symphony No. 1 "The Triumph of Heaven" (2001)

Mats Rondin/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Wings of the Wind, Roosters in Love, Im Klosterhofe and Silent Island)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 171 (2008)

 

HAKON BØRRESEN
(1876-1954),
DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied with Johan Svendsen who served as his artistic mentor. He was able to live the life of a free-lance artist but was very active in the musical life of Copenhagen including the long-term presidency of the Danish Composers' Society.. He did not compose prolifically and his other major works besides a pair of operas and a ballet include a Violin Concerto and a number of chamber pieces.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 3 (1901)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
DACAPO 8.224059 (1997)

Ole Schmidt/Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Serenade for Horn, Strings and Timpani and Nordic Folk Tunes)
CPO 999 578-2 (1998)


Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 7 "The Sea" (1904)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO 8.224061 (1997)

Launy Grøndahl/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1954)
( + Glass: Symphony No. 5, Simonsen: Symphony No. 2 and Sandby: Symphony No. 4)
DANACORD DACOCD 370371 (2 CDs) (1996)
(original release: DANACORD 139-40 {2 LPs}) (1985)

Ole Schmidt/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CPO 999 353-2 (1998)


Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 21 (1927)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
DACAPO 8.224061 (1997)

Ole Schmidt/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CPO 999 353-2 (1998)

 

DANIEL BÖRTZ
(b. 1943), SWEDEN

Born in Osby, Scania Province. He first studied violin with John Fernström and composition with Hilding Rosenberg before attending the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he continued his study of the violin with Charles Barkel and Josef Grünfarb and composition with Karl-Birger Blomdahl and Ingvar Lindholm. He also studied electronic music in the Netherlands. He taught orchestration at Stockholm's Royal College of Music. He has composed opera, orchestral, chamber and vocal music. To date, he has composed 11 Symphonies with the unrecorded ones being: Nos. 2 (1974-5), 3 (1975-6), 4 (1980-1), 5 (1980-1), 8 (1987-8), 9 (1991) and 11 (1993-4). His orchestral catalogue also includes 2 Concerti Grossi and Concertos for various solo instruments and combinations of instruments.

Symphony No. 1 (1973)

Kjell Ingebretsen/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + String Quartet No. 2 and Monologue No. 2)
CAPRICE CAP 1128 (LP) (1976)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7, Strindberg Suite and Parados)
CHANDOS CHAN 9473 (1997)


Symphony No. 6 for Soprano and Orchestra (1981-3)

Hugh Wolff/Ilona Marós (soprano)/Stockholm Symphony Orchestra
( + Dialogo No. 3, Tre Elegier and Lacrymosa)
PHONO SUECIA PS CD 24 (2001)


Symphony No. 7 (1984-6)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Strindberg Suite and Parados)
CHANDOS CHAN 9473 (1997)


Symphony No. 10 for Wind Orchestra (1991-2)

B. Tommy Andersson/Stockholm Symphony Wind Orchestra
( + Deák: Symphony for Wind Orchestra No. 2, Andersson: Intrada, Bartosch: Cyd Cybersonix Meets Webby Web Webster and Palmer: Tones)
NOSAG RECORDS CD 085 (2004)

 

EDVARD FLIFLET BRÆIN
(1924-1976), NORWAY

Born in Kristiansund, Møre og Romsdal County, the son of composer Edvard Braein (1887-1957). He studied at the Oslo Conservatory of Music as well as with Bjarne Brustad (composition) and Odd Grüner-Hegge (conducting). He received his degree as an organist and worked as a conductor in Bergen. He also studied composition at the Paris Conservatory with Jean Rivier. He worked as both a choral and orchestra conductor in Kristiansund and Oslo. He composed operas and a ballet as well as orchestral, chamber and vocal music. His other orchestral works are on a smaller scale and include his popular Concert Overture and Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 4 (1949-50)

Peter Szilvay/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
SIMAX PSC 1277 (2008)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 8, (1954)

Peter Szilvay/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
SIMAX PSC 1277 (2008)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 16 (1968)

Peter Szilvay/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
SIMAX PSC 1277 (2008)

 

STEN BROMAN
(1902-1983), SWEDEN

Born in Uppsala. At the German Academy of Music in Prague, he studied the violin with Henri Marteau, composition with Romeo Finke and conducting with Alexander von Zemlinsky and went on to study musicology in Switzerland and Germany. In addition to composing, he had a multi-faceted career as music critic, chamber musician and conductor. As a composer, he wrote a ballet and a large number of works for orchestra and chamber groups. Late in life, he produced 9 Symphonies with the unrecorded ones being: Nos. 1 "Sinfonia Ritmica" (1962), 2 (1963), 3 (1965), 4 (1965), 5 (1966), 6 with Taped Organ Sounds (1970), 8 (1975) and 9 (1977).

Symphony No. 7 with Electronic Sounds (1972)

Sixten Ehrling/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Berwald: Reminiscences from the Norwegian Mountains and Serious and Joyful Fancies)
CAPRICE CAP 1029 (LP) (1972)

 

BJARNE BRUSTAD
(1895-1978), NORWAY

Born in Oslo. He studied composition and violin at the Oslo Music Conservatory and also in Berlin with Gustav Lange, Emil Telmanyi, and Carl Flesch. For many years he played the violin and viola with the Oslo Philharmonic and taught composition and violin at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. He composed a significant amount of music including operas and works for orchestra and chamber groups. He wrote 9 Symphonies of which only the 2nd has been commercially recorded. The others are: Nos. 1 (1948), 3 (1953), 4 (1967), 5 (1967), 6 (1970), 7 (1972), 8 (1972) and 9 (1973). He also wrote 4 Violin Concertos and a Clarinet Concerto.

Symphony No. 2 (1951)

Øivin Fjeldstad/ Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + : Kielland: Concerto Grosso Norvegese)
HMV (Norway) NCLP 1 (c. 1956)/CRI 160 (1962)

Øivin Fjeldstad/ Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Johnsen: Symphony No. 3 and Baden: Sinfonia Espressiva)
AURORA CONTEMPORARY NCDB 4939 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 063) (1978)

 

GUNNAR BUCHT
(b. 1927), SWEDEN

Born in Stocksund, a suburb of Stockholm. He studied musicology at Uppsala University as well as composition with Karl-Birger Blomdahl. His composition training continued abroad with Carl Orff (Berlin), Goffredo Petrassi (Rome) and Max Deutsch (Paris). He worked as a pianist until he was able to devote himself full-time to composing and teaching. His large catalogue includes operas as well as orchestral, chamber, piano and vocal works. . He wrote 12 Symphonies of which only the 7th has been commercially recorded. The others are: Nos. 1 (1952), 2 (1953), 3 (1954), 4 (1957-8), 5 (1960), 6 (1961-2), 8 (1982-3), 9 (1988-90), 10 "Sinfonie Gracieuse ou l'Apothéose de Berwald" (1993), 11 (1993-4) and 12 (1997). There is also a Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Viola, Harp and Orchestra (1981-2) and Concertos for Violin, Viola, Cello (2) and Piano.

Symphony No. 7 (1970-1)

Okko Kamu/Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
( + Tronkrävarna: Dramma per Musica and Hund Skenar Glad)
CAPRICE CAP 1075 (LP) (1974)

 

OSCAR BYSTRÖM
(1821-1909), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. His father taught him the piano but he was autodidact as a composer. He gained recognition as both a pianist and song composer. He was also active as a conductor and teacher and was appointed inspector of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music where he became a professor. Besides his single Symphony, he composed an opera, operetta, several chamber works and a few shorter orchestral pieces.

Symphony in D minor (1870–72, rev. 1895)

Carlos Spierer /Gävle Symphony Orchestra
( + Andantino, Overture in D major, Herman Vimpel Overture and Concert Waltzes Nos. 1 and 3)
STERLING CDS-1025-2 (1999)

 

JAN CARLSTEDT
(1926-2004), SWEDEN

Born in Orsa, Dakarna Province. He studied with Lars-Erik Larsson at the Stockholm State Academy of Music and had further training at London's Royal College of Music and in Rome. He was very active in the promotion of contemporary Swedish music as founder and chairman of the Contemporary Music Association. His other major orchestral works are Symphony No. 1 in E minor (1954, rev. 1960) and Metamorphosi for Strings and there is also a Sinfonietta for Winds (1959).

Symphony No. 2 "A Symphony of Brotherhood" (1970)

Stig Westerberg/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
HMV (Sweden) 055-34424 (LP) (1972)


Sinfonietta for Wind Quintet (1959)

Gothenburg Wind Quintet
( + Holmboe: Notturno, F. Mortensen: Wind Quintet, Salmenhaara: Wind Quintet and Poulenc: Sextet)
BIS CD-24 (1994)
(original LP release: BIS LP-24) (1975)

 


BERNHARD CRUSELL
(1775-1838), (FINLAND)/SWEDEN

Born in Uusikaupunki (Swedish name Nystad), in Swedish ruled Finland. He learned the clarinet as a child and then went on to study in Stockholm with Abbé Vogler, Franz Tausch in Berlin and composition with Henri-Montan Berton and François-Joseph Gossec in Paris. He worked for many years as an orchestral clarinetist and earned great international fame. He composed mostly for this instrument producing 3 Concertos as well as other orchestral and chamber music that featured the clarinet.

Sinfonia Concertante for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Orchestra in B flat major, Op. 3 (1808)

Olaf Boman/Staffan Mårtensson (clarinet)/Andreas From (bassoon)/Erik Rapp (horn)/Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker (arr. for wind orchestra by composer, 1829)
( + Krommer/Crusell: 2 Clarinet Concerto and Preumayr: Funeral March)
STERLING CDS 1072-2 (2007)

Iona Brown/Dieter Klöcker (clarinet)/Karl-Otto Hartmann (bassoon)/Nikolaus Grüger (horn)/Consortium Classicum/Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
( + Sinfonia Concertantes by Schneider, Danzi, Hoffmeister, Ritter, Von Winter, Abel, Pleyel and Kozeluch)
CPO 777009 (3 CDs) (2004)
(original LP release: HMV (Sweden) 157-30762-6) (1977)

Okko Kamu/Kjell-Inge Stevensson (clarinet)/Knut Sönstevold (bassoon)/Ivar Olsen (horn)/ Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Clarinet Concerto No. 2 and Introduction, Theme and Variations on a Swedish Air)
MUSICA SVECIAE MSV 527 (1993)

Zdeněk Mácal/Olle Schill (clarinet)/Anna Nilsson (bassoon)/Albert Linder (horn)/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Atterberg: Horn Concerto and Eklund: Horn Concerto)
CAPRICE CAP 1144 (LP) (1978)

Dorrit Matson/Steve Hartman (clarinet)/Marc Goldberg (bassoon)/Peter Reit (horn)/New York Scandia Symphony
( + Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 and 3)
CENTAUR CRC 2495 (2001)

Osmo Vänskä/Anna-Maija Korismmaa-Hursti (clarinet)/László Hara (bassoon)/Ib Lanzky-Otto (horn)/Tapiola Sinfonietta
( + Bassoon Concertino and Introduction, Theme and Variations on a Swedish Air)
BIS CD-495 (1990)

 

CSABA DEÁK
(b. 1932), (HUNGARY)/SWEDEN

Born in Budapest. His musical training began in Budapest at the Béla Bartók Conservatory where he studied the clarinet and composition and then composition with Ferenc Farkas at the Liszt Academy. Moving to Sweden in 1957, he took composition lessons with Hilding Rosenberg and became a music teacher in Stockholm and Gothenburg. He has composed opera, orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal music. He has specialized in music for wind orchestra but he has also written "Ad Nordiam Hungarica" for chamber orchestra and "Vivax" for large orchestra.

Symphony for Wind Orchestra (No. 1) (1995)

Andreas Hanson/Royal Swedish Conservatory Wind Orchestra
( + Anémones de Felix, Memento Mare, Clarinet Concerto and Farina Pagus)
NOSAG RECORDS CD 053 (2001)


Symphony for Wind Orchestra No. 2 (2001)

B. Tommy Andersson/Stockholm Symphony Wind Orchestra
( + Börtz: Symphony No. 10, Andersson: Intrada, Bartosch: Cyd Cybersonix Meets Webby Web Webster and Palmer: Tones)
NOSAG RECORDS CD 085 (2004)

 

KLAUS EGGE
(1906-1979), NORWAY

Born in Gransherad, Telemark County. He studied at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo where he graduated as an organist and then continued his musical education in composition with Fartein Valen. In addition, he also studied at The State Academy in Berlin with Professor Walter Gmeindl. He was deeply involved in the musical life of Norway and served as an officer in many organizations such as the Society of Norwegian Composers. Besides his 5 Symphonies, his most significant works are 3 Piano Concertos, Violin Concerto, Cello concerto and a number of works for chamber groups and voices.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 17 (1945)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 2)
AURORA CONTEMPORARY NCDB 4936 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 049) (1975)

Odd Grüner-Hegge/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
HMV (Norway) NCLP 3 (LP) (1957)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 20 "Sinfonia Giocosa" (1949)

Øivin Fjeldstad/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Cello Concerto)
AURORA CONTEMPORARY NCDB 4937 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 838052 AY) (1975)


Symphony No. 3 "Louisville Symphony" Op. 28 (1959)

Robert Whitney/Louisville Orchestra
( + Harris: Kentucky Spring)
LOUISVILLE LOU-602 (LP) (1960)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 40 "Sinfonia Seriale sopra B.A.C.H.-E.G.G.E." (1967)

Sixten Ehrling/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Cello Concerto)
AURORA CONTEMPORARY NCDB 4937 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 010) (1971)


REN NILS EICHBERG
(b. 1973, DENMARK)


Born in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied piano, composition and conducting in Copenhagen and Cologne. After winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composers in Brussels, he concentrated on composition but also performs as a conductor. In addition to his Symphonies, he has composed concertos for violin, piano and cello concertos, an opera as well as chamber and instrumental works

Symphony No. 1 (2005)

Christoph Poppen/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
DACAPO SACD 6.220569 (2013)

Symphony No. 2 (2010)

Christoph Poppen/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
DACAPO SACD 6.220569 (2013)

 

KARÓLINA EIRIKSDÓTTIR
(b. 1953), ICELAND

Born in Reykjavik. She studied at the Reykjavik College of Music where her composition teacher was Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson and went on for further composition studies at the University of Michigan with George Wilson and William Albright. She has taught at the Kopavogur School of Music and at the Reykjavik College of Music. She has composed a chamber opera and works for orchestra, chamber groups, solo piano and voice. Some of her other orchestral works are Concertos for 2 Flutes, Clarinet and Guitar, Three Paragraphs, Sonans and Climbing.

Sinfonietta (1985)

Jean-Pierre Jacquillat/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
(+ In Vultu Solis, Trio, Rhapsody, Fimm Lög, Ljódnámuland, Någon har Jag Sett)
ITM 7-01 (1991)


HANS EKLUND
(1927-1999), SWEDEN

Born in Sandviken, Gävleborg County. He studied at the Stockholm State Academy of Music where his teachers were Alf Linder for organ and Sven Brandel for piano. In addition, he studied counterpoint under Åke Uddén and composition with Lars-Erik Larsson and conducting with Tor Mann. He completed his composition studies with Ernst Pepping in Berlin. His musical career has been divided between composing and teaching and he taught theory at the Stockholm Citizens' School and harmony at the Stockholm State Academy of Music. He composed prolifically in most categories with orchestral and chamber music dominating his catalogue. Only the 6th of his 13 Symphonies has been commercially recorded. The others are: nos. 1 "Sinfonia Seria" (1958), 2 "Sinfonia Breve (In Memoriam)" (1964), 3 "Sinfonia Rustica" (1967-8), 4 for Narrator and Orchestra "Hjalmar Branting in Memoriam" (1973-4), 5 "Quadri" (1977), 7 "La Serenata" (1983, rev. 1992), 8 "Sinfonia Grave" (1984), 9 "Sinfonia Introvertita" (1992-3), 10 "Sine Nomine" (1994), 11 "Sinfonia piccola" (1994-5), 12 "Frescoes" (1995-6) and 13 "Sinfonia Bianca - Nera" (1997-8)

Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia senza Speranza" (1983)

Yuri Ahronovitch/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Pettersson: Symphony No. 16)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33270 (LP) (1984)

 

ANDERS ELIASSON
(1947-2013),
SWEDEN

Born in in Borlänge, Dalarna Province. At the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he studied composition with Ingvar Lidholm and harmony and counterpoint with Valdemar Söderholm. He also studied with György Ligeti and took courses in electronic music. He taught as a guest professor in composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His compositional catalogue is divided among orchestral, chamber and vocal works. Some of his other important works are his Symphony No. 4 (2005), Sinfonia da Camera (No. 1) (1984), Sinfonia da Camera II for String Orchestra (2001) and Concertos for various instruments. His Symphony No. 2 (fragment, 1987) remains unpublished.

Symphony No. 1 (1986)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
( + Bassoon Concerto and Ostacoli)
CAPRICE CAP 21381 (1990)


Symphony No. 3 for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra “Sinfonia Concertante” (1989)

Leif Segerstam/John-Edward Kelly (alto saxophone)/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + A Brief Glance … a Fleeting Vision and Poem for Alto Saxophone and Piano)
NEOS 11301 (2013)

Sinfonia for Strings (2001)

Johannes Gustavsson/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Double Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra)
CPO 777334-2 (2008)

Juha Kangas/Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
( + Nordgren: Solemnity-Euphony and Vasks: Musica Appassionata)
ALBA ABCD 245 (2009)

John-Edward Kelly/Arcos Chamber Orchestra
( + Desert Point and Ostácoli)
NEOS 10813 (2009)



AUGUST ENNA
(1860-1939), DENMARK

Born in Nakskov, Lolland. He began to learn the violin and the piano and appeared as a music director in dramatic performances, for some of which he also composed the music. He then studied with Christian Schiørring (violin) and the organist Peter Rasmussen (theory). He became music director of Werner’s Theatrical Society, a provincial touring company and had composed his first opera, some piano music and other instrumental works, and a Symphony in C minor (c. 1886) which aroused Niels W. Gade’s interest. He went on to produce a series of operas that are still performed in Denmark today. c gift earned him considerable success. He was granted the title of professor in 1908. He also composed ballerts, incidental music, choral, vocal and piano works as well as a Violin Concerto.


Symphony No. 2 in E major (1908)

Michael Hofstetter/Hannover NDR Radio Philharmonic
( + Fairy Tale and Hans Christian Andersen Overture)
CPO 777035-2 (2010)


JOHN FERNSTRÖM
(1897-1961), SWEDEN

Born in born Ichang, China, the son of missionaries. When he was 10, his family returned to Sweden and he studied the violin at the Malmö Conservatory. His violin studies continued with Max Schlüter in Copenhagen and with Issay Barmas in Berlin. In addition, he studied composition in Copenhagen with Peder Gram and composition as well as conducting at the Sondershausen Conservatory in Germany. He worked as a violinist and conductor and later founded and headed the Lund Conservatory. He composed operas as well as orchestral, chamber and vocal music. His large orchestral output includes 12 Symphonies and Concertos for Violin (2), Viola, Cello, Clarinet, Bassoon and Flute (with chorus). The unrecorded Symphonies are: Nos. 1 "In Memoriam" (1920), 2 (1925), 3 "Exotica" (1928), 4 (1930), 5 (1934), 7 "Sinfonietta in Forma di Sonata da Chiesa" (1941), 8 "Amore Studiorum" (1942), 9 "Sinfonia Breve" (1943) and 10 "Symphonie Discrète" (1947).

Symphony No. 6, Op. 40 (1939)

Mikko Franck/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Flute Concertino and Capriccious Troubadour Suite)
PHONO SUECIA PCSD 706 (1999)

Cecilia Rydinger Alin/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Intimate Miniatures and Symphonic Prologue)
BIS CD-903 (1998)


Symphony No. 11 for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 77 "Utan Mask" (1945)

John Fernström/Lunds City Orchestra and Chorus (rec. 1960)
( + Symphony No. 12)
DB PRODUCTIONS 7 393787 97035 6 (1997)


Symphony No. 12, Op. 92 (1951)

John Fernström/Nordic Youth Orchestra (rec. 1954)
( + Symphony No. 11)
DB PRODUCTIONS 7 393787 97035 6 (1997)

Vernon Handley/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Dvorák: Biblical Songs)
BIG BEN (611) 861-006 (1987)

Lan Shui/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Chinese Rhapsody and Songs of the Sea)
BIS CD-997 (1999)



JOHN FRANDSEN
(b. 1956), DENMARK

Born in Aalborg. He studied at Aarhus University and the Jutland Academy of Music with Hans Abrahamsen and Karl Aage Rasmussen and then studied conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He has taught composition at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense and is the organist at the Stavnsholt Church in Farumhe also works as an orchestral and choral conductor while holding several positions in Danish musical institutions. He has written operas, orchestral and instrumental music as well as vocal music for both choir and soloists.

Symphony No. 1, "The Dance of the Demons" (1986)

Christian Eggen/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + And the Yellow Emperor's Time, Amalie Suite and Cello Concerto)
DACAPO 8.226508 (2004)

 

LARS-ÅKE FRANKE-BLOM
(b. 1941), SWEDEN

Born in Norrköping. Although he took some lessons with Nils Eriksson and Daniel Börtz he is basically self-taught in composition. He made his composing debut in 1975 and his been very active in the musical life of Norrköping. He has shown a predilection for orchestral music but has also composed operas, chamber music, organ, choral and vocal works. Among his other orchestral works are two earlier Symphonies: Nos. 1 for Youth Orchestra (1981-2) and 2 "Lustarnas Trädgård" (1992-93) and 4 "The Pope" (2009), the symphonic poems "Längtans Väv" and Endymion" and Concertos for Cello, Viola and Double Bass.

Symphony No 3 "Fire on Earth" (1992-93)

Tuomas Ollila/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Endymion and Längtans Väv)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 054 (2002)

 

JOHANNES FREDERIK FRØHLICH
(1806-1860), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied with Claus Schall and Friedrich Kuhlau. He worked as a violinist at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen before becoming its chief conductor and co-founded The Danish Music Society and was its first chairman. In addition to his Symphony, he composed ballets, concertos, chamber music and pieces for violin.

Symphony in E flat major, Op. 33 (1833)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Gade: Symphony No. 4)
CHANDOS CHAN 9609 (1998)

 

NIELS WILHELM GADE
(1817-1890), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied the violin with F.T. Wexschall and theory with and theory and composition with A.P. Berggreen. Working at first as a violinist his Symphony No. 1 was conducted to great acclaim by Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig where he stayed on as Mendelssohn's assistant conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and as a teacher at the Conservatory. After succeeding Mendelssohn at the Gewandhaus he returned to Copenhagen as a conductor and teacher of music history and composition. He is considered Denmark's greatest composer before Carl Nielsen. He composed prolifically and his output includes ballets, cantatas and other vocal music as well as many orchestral works besides his Symphonies including a Violin Concerto and the suites: "A Summer Day in the Country" and "Holbergiana" and several Concert Overtures.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor "Paa Sjølunds fagre Sletter" (1842)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CHANDOS CHAN 10026 (2003)

Johan Hye-Knudsen/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Echoes of Ossian Overture)
FONA S 3/TURNABOUT TVS-34052 (Symphony only) (LP) (1965/1966)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 8)
BIS CD-339 (1993)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Hamlet Overture and Echoes of Ossian Overture)
CHANDOS CHAN 9422 (1996)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 2)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9201/NAXOS 8.554954 (1992)
(original CD release: DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA CD086) (1988)


Symphony No. 2 in E major (1843)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8, In the Highlands Overture and Discarded Slow Movement from Symphony No. 8)
CHANDOS CHAN 9862 (2000)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 7)
BIS CD-365 (1993)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 1)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9201/NAXOS 8.554954 (1992)
(original CD release: DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA CD086) (1988)


Symphony No. 3 in A minor (1847)

"Cesare Gabrielli/New Naples Symphony Orchestra" (pseudonyms)
( + Symphony No. 5)
ARIES LP 1615 (c. 1975)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6, Echoes of Ossian Overture and Discarded 1st Mvmnt. of Symphony No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 9795 (2002)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 4)
BIS CD-338 (1994)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 5)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9004/NAXOS 8.554955 (1990)


Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major (1850)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7 and Overture No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 9957 (2001)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 9609) (1998)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 3)
BIS CD-338 (1994)

Bengt Nilsson/Malmö KFUM Symphony Orchestra
( + Söderberg: Concerto for Orchestra)
ÖRESOUND MKS-LP-821 (LP) (1982)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 6)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9202/NAXOS 8.554956 (1992)
(original CD release: DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA CD085) (1988)


Symphony No. 5 in D minor with Piano (1852)

"Cesare Gabrielli/New Naples Symphony Orchestra" (pseudonyms)
( + Symphony No. 3)
ARIES LP 1615 (c. 1975)

Christopher Hogwood/Ronald Brautigam (piano)/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CHANDOS CHAN 10026 (2003)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 6)
BIS CD-356 (1994)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 3)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9004/NAXOS 8.554955 (1990)


Symphony No. 6 in G minor (1857)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3, Echoes of Ossian Overture and Discarded 1st Mvmnt. of Symphony No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 9795 (2002)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 5)
BIS CD-356 (1994)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 4)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9202/NAXOS 8.554956 (1992)
(original CD release: DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY DMA CD085) (1988)


Symphony No. 7 in F major (1864)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Overture No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 9957 (2001)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 2)
BIS CD-365 (1993)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 8)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9301/NAXOS 8.554957 (1993)


Symphony No. 8 in B minor (1871)

John Frandsen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Spring Fantasy)
EMI/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY D.M.A. 046 (LP) (1980)

Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No2, In the Highlands Overture and Discarded Slow Movement from Symphony No. 8)
CHANDOS CHAN 9862 (2000)

Neeme Järvi /Stockholm Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 1)
BIS CD-339 (1993)

Michael Schønwandt/Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
( + Symphony No. 7)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9301/NAXOS 8.554957 (1993)

 

GEORGE GERSON
(1790-1825), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. Taught the violin as a child, he was sent for a commercial education in Hamburg where he also learned the piano and began composing. Returning to Copenhagen he worked as a merchant but still managed an active musical career. He composed orchestral, chamber music, solo piano music and songs. His other works for orchestra are a Violin Concerto, a Concert Overture in E-flat and 2 Italian Scenes.

Symphony in E flat major (1817)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen/Concerto Copenhagen
( + Overture in D and Kuntzen: Symphony in G minor)
CPO 777 085-2 (2005)

 

LOUIS GLASS
(1864-1936), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. His first teacher was his father Christian Hendrik Glass who was both a pianist and composer. He then studied with Niels Gade before going to the Brussels Conservatory where his teachers were Juliusz Zarembski, Joseph Wieniawski and Joseph Servais. He worked as a pianist and conductor and succeeded his father as director of the Copenhagen Piano Conservatory. In addition to his 6 Symphonies, he composed other orchestral works including an Oboe Concerto, the suite "Summer Life" and a Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra as well as chamber music, piano works and songs.

Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 17 (1894)

Nayden Todorov/Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
DANACORD DACOCD 544 (2 CDs) (2001)


Symphony No. 2 in C minor for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 28 (1899)

Nayden Todorov/Philipopopolis Choir/Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra)
DANACORD DACOCD 543 (2001)


Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 30 "Forest Symphony" (1900-01)

Daniel Raiskin/Rhenish State Philharmonic,
( + Suite for Orchestra)
CPO 777525-2 (2014)

Nayden Todorov/Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
DANACORD DACOCD 542 (2000)


Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 43 (1910-11)

Nayden Todorov/Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
DANACORD DACOCD 541 (2000)


Symphony No. 5 in C major, Op. 57 "Sinfonia Svastica" (1919-20)

Launy Grøndahl/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1957)
( + Børresen: Symphony No. 2, Simonsen: Symphony No. 2 and Sandby: Symphony No. 4)
DANACORD DACOCD 370371 (2 CDs) (1996)
(original release: DANACORD 139-40 {2 LPs}) (1985)

Peter Marchbank/National Symphony Orchestra of the S.A.B.C.
( + Symphony No. 6)
MARCO POLO 8.223486 (1993)

Nayden Todorov/Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
DANACORD DACOCD 544 (2 CDs) (2001)


Symphony No. 6 in Op. 60 "Birth of Scyldings" (1924)

Peter Marchbank/National Symphony Orchestra of the S.A.B.C.
( + Symphony No. 5)
MARCO POLO 8.223486 (1993)

Nayden Todorov/Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DANACORD DACOCD 542 (2000)

 

PEDER GRAM
(1881-1956), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory under Stephan Krehl, Arthur Nikisch and Hans Sitt. He worked as a conductor in Copenhagen and led the performances of the Dansk Koncertforening (Danish Concert Association) and later was Director of Music at Radio Copenhagen. Besides his 3 Symphonies, his catalogue also includes a Symphonic Fantasy and Violin Concerto as well as chamber and instrumental music.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 12 (1914)

Matthias Aeschbacher/South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
( + Overture in C, Poème Lyrique and Prologue to a Drama by Shakespeare)
DACAPO 8.224713 (2006)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 25 (1925)

Matthias Aeschbacher/Danish Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Avalon)
DACAPO 8.224718 (2007)


Symphony No. 3 in E minor, Op. 35 (1954)

Matthias Aeschbacher/Danish Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Avalon)
DACAPO 8.224718 (2007)

 

JOHNNY GRANDERT
(b. 1939), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied with Ingvar Lidholm at the Stockholm State Academy of Music as well as additional training abroad in Italy, Germany and the U.S. but is mostly self-taught in composition. He was director of the Norrtalje School of Music. As a composer, he has written an opera and music for orchestra, chamber groups and voice. His unrecorded Symphonies are Nos. 1 (1971), 2 (1972), 3 "Sinfonia Calamagrostis" (1972), 4 (1974) and 6 (1982).

Symphony No. 5 (1976)

B. Tommy Andersson/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + String Quartet)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 111 (1999)

 

EDVARD GRIEG
(1843-1907), NORWAY

Born in Bergen. After being taught piano by his mother, he went to the Leipzig Conservatory at the age of 15 to study music where his teachers included Ignaz Moscheles and Carl Reinecke. He then lived in Copenhagen and came under the influence of Niels W. Gade who encouraged him to compose a symphony and there also met fellow Norwegian composer Rikard Nordraak who inspired Grieg to champion the cause of Norwegian music. He went on to become his country's greatest and most famous composer who excelled in many genres including orchestral, chamber, solo piano, vocal and choral. His output of purely orchestral music was small but included his Piano Concerto, Symphonic Dances and the 2 Suites derived from his incidental music to Ibsen's "Peer Gynt."

Symphony in C minor (1864)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto and Peer Gynt)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 4784588 (2 CDs) (2012)
(original LP release: NORSK KULTURRÅDS NKF 30047/DECCA SXDL 7537/LONDON LDR 71037) (1981)

Bjarte Engeset/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Old Norwegian Romance with Variations and Sigurd Jorsalfer: 3 Orchestral Pieces)
NAXOS 8.557991 (2007)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Old Norwegian Romance with Variations, In Autumn Overture and Funeral March in Memory of Richard Nordraak)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 427321-2 (1989)

Okko Kamu/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + In Autumn Overture)
BIS CD-200 (1986)
(original LP release: BIS LP-200) (1982)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonic Dances)
VIRGIN CLASSICS VC 759301-2 (1993)

Terje Mikkelsen/Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonic Dances)
SIMAX PSC 1091 (1992)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian State Radio Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto)
WARNER CLASSICS 2564 60458-2 (2003)

Karl Anton Rickenbacher/Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + R. Strauss: Symphony in D minor)
KOCH SCHWANN 311 118 (1989)
(original LP release: SCHWANN MUSICA MUNDI VMS 2117) (1987)

 

TERJE GRØNDAHL
(b. 1960), NORWAY

Born in Oslo. He studied at the Norwegian State Academy in Oslo where his teachers were and Ingemar Roos and Ola Rønnow for trombone, Arvid Fladmoe for conducting and Per Christian Jacobsen and Ivar Frounberg for composition. His musical education continued in Russia at St. Petersburg Conservatory with composition training from Sergei Slonimsky and finished with Master Degree studies in composition and music theory at The University of Oslo. He works as both a trombonist and conductor. His other orchestral works include the Itzhak Suite and a Trombone Concertino.

Sinfonietta "Personalities for Orchestra" (2003)

Ingo Ernst Reihl/National Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus
( + Itzhak Suite)
EGET CD (2003)


EIVIND GROVEN
(1901-1977), NORWAY

Born in Lårdal, Telemark County. He studied counterpoint at the Oslo Conservatory of Music and pursued research in the fields of folk music and acoustics, which had a profound influence on his compositional technique. In addition to being a composer he was a musicologist and a highly skilled at player of both the Hardanger fiddle and the willow flute. He composed orchestral, chamber and vocal music. His other important orchestral works include a Piano Concerto, the symphonic poems "Renaissance" (a in five movements) and "Historical Visions", the suites Symphonic Slåttar" Nos. 1 and 2 and the concert overture "Hjalarljod."

Symphony No. 1 "Towards the Mountains" (1938, rev. 1951)

Eivind Aadland/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Hjalarljod Overture and Norwegian Symphonic Dances Nos. 1 and 2)
BIS CD-1312 (2007)


Symphony No. 2 "The Midnight Hour" (1939-43)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto)
SIMAX PSC 3111 (1994)

 

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN
(b. 1932), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He learned the violin as a teenager and then took private lessons in theory and compositions with Finn Høffding. At the Royal Danish Academy of Music he studied theory, composition and history of music with Finn Høfding and Svend Westergaard as well as orchestration with Vagn Holmboe. He taught at the Århus Music Conservatory before devoting himself completely to composing. He has composed a large body of works for orchestra, chamber groups, solo piano and organ and voice. Among his other large-scale orchestral works are Symphonies Nos. 1 (1962-5) and 2 "Symfoni på Rygmarven" (1966) and a Concerto Gross for String Quartet and Orchestra.

Symphony-Antiphony (Symphony No. 3) (1977)

Leif Segerstam/Danish Radio Symhony Orchestra
( + K. A. Rasmussen: Symphony of Time)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9010 (1995)

 

EDVARD HAGERUP BULL
(1922)-2012, NORWAY

Born in Bergen, the son of composer-critic Sverre Hagerup Bull (1892-1976). Following composition studies in Oslo with Bjarne Brustad and Ludvig Irgens Jense, he attended the Paris Conservatory and studied composition with Darius Milhaud and Jean Rivier and musical analysis with Olivier Messiaen and also had lessons from Boris Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. He composed of 2 operas, a ballet, 30 orchestral works and many chamber music pieces. Of his 6 numbered Symphonies, the following remain unrecorded: Nos. 2. Op. 21 "In Modo d'una Sinfonia" (1958-9), 3, Op. 30 "Sinfonia Espressiva" (1964), 4, Op. 37 "Sinfonia Humana" (1968) and 6, Op. 54 "Sinfonia da Camera -Lamentazione" (1981-2). There is also a Sinfonia di Teatro : Prélude Symphonique, Op. 10 (1950) Sinfonia à 5, Op. 54 B (1983) as well as Concertos for Trumpet (2), Trombone, Flute and Alto Saxophone.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 16 "Trois Mouvements Symphoniques" (1955)

Kjell Ingebretsen/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5, Trumpet Concerto No. 1, Air Solennel , Sonata Con Spirito, Variantes Multi-Métriqes, Trois Bucoliques and Chant d'Hommage à Jean Rivier)
AURORA ACD4970 (2 CDs) (1993)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 057) (1976)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 41 "Sinfonia in Memoriam" (1973)

Per Dreier/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Trumpet Concerto No. 1, Air Solennel , Sonata Con Spirito, Variantes Multi-Métriqes, Trois Bucoliques and Chant d'Hommage à Jean Rivier)
AURORA ACD4970 (2 CDs) (1993)
(original LP release: NORWEGIAN COMPOSERS NC 4912) (1986)

 

JAKOB ADOLF HÄGG
(1850-1928), SWEDEN

Born in Östergarn, on the island of Gotland. He studied first at the Stockholm Conservatory and then went to Copenhagen to study with Niels Gade and then on to Vienna to study piano with Anton Door and Berlin for theory with Friedric Kiel. Mental illness stifled his very promising musical career but he eventually he recovered and worked as a pianist and composer in Sweden and Norway. He started to compose 5 Symphonies but completed and scored only 2, He also wrote other orchestral pieces, chamber music and solo piano works.

Symphony in E flat major, Op. 2 "Nordic" (1870-90)

Göran W. Nilson/Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Concert Overtures Nos. 1 and 2 and American Festival Music)
STERLING CDS-1007-2 (1996)
(original LP release: STERLING S-1007) (1981)

 

JOHAN HALVORSEN
(1864-1935), NORWAY

Born in Drammen, Buskerud County. He played the violin from early childhood and then studied this instrument at the Stockholm Conservatory and with training with Adolf Brodsky in Leipzig and César Thomson in Belgium. He worked as a soloist, concertmaster and eventually conductor, playing an important rôle in the musical life of Christiania (now Oslo). He was related by marriage to Grieg and was strongly influenced by him. Most of his compositions were for the theater but his orchestral output also includes a Violin Concerto, Suite Ancienne, 2 Norwegian Rhapsodies and Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1923)

Neeme Järvi./Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Entry March of the Boyars, Andante Religioso, Mascarade Suite and La Mélancolie)
CHANDOS CHAN 10614 (2010)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Nordraakiana)
SIMAX PSC 1061 (1993)
(original CD release: AURORA ARCD 1921) (1988)


Symphony No. 2 in D minor "Fatum" (1924, rev. 1928)

Karsten Andersen/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
NORSK KULTURRÅDS NKFCD 50014-2 (1988)
(original LP release: NORSK KULTURRÅDS NKF 30031) (1979)

Neeme Järvi./Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Suite Ancienne and Norwegian Dances)
CHANDOS CHAN 10584 (2010)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
SIMAX PSC 1062 (1990)


Symphony No. 3 in C major (1929)

Neeme Järvi./Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Bergensiana, Black Swans, Wedding of Ravens in the Grove of the Crows, Fossegrimen Suite and Wedding March)
CHANDOS CHAN 10664 (2011)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
SIMAX PSC 1062 (1990)

 

ASGER HAMERIK
(1843-1923), DENMARK

Born in Frederiksberg (near Copenhagen). In Copenhagen he studied music with J.P.E. Hartmann and Niels Gade and went for further study with Hans von Bülow in Berlin. Then, in Paris, he became Hector Berlioz's first and only pupil. For many years he held the post of director of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He composed operas, a requiem and orchestral music. For orchestra his 7 numbered Symphonies are supplemented by an earlier one without a number from (1862) as well 5 Nordic Suites and a Jewish Trilogy. His son Ebbe Hamerik was also a composer (see next entry).

Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 29, "Symphonie Poétique" (1881)

Thomas Dausgaard/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224076 (1997)


Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 32 "Symphonie Tragique" (1882)

Thomas Dausgaard/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224076 (1997)


Symphony No. 3 in E major, Op. 33 "Symphonie Lyrique" (1885)

Thomas Dausgaard/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224088 (1998)


Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 35 "Symphonie Majestueuse" (1889)

Thomas Dausgaard/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224088 (1998)


Symphony No. 5 in G minor, Op. 36 "Symphonie Sérieuse" (1891)

Thomas Dausgaard/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224161 (2001)


Symphony No. 6 in G major for String Orchestra, Op. 38 "Symphonie Spirtuelle" (1897)

Thomas Dausgaard/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224161 (2001)

Johannes Goritzki/Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
( + Gade : Novelettes, Op. 53 and Op.58)
CPO 999 516-2 (1998)

Ole Schmidt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Requiem, Piano Quintet and Concert-Romance for Cello and Piano)
KONTRAPUNKT 32074-5 (2 CDs) (2001)

Bohdan Warchal/Slovak Chamber Orchestra
( + C. Nielsen: Bohemian and Danish Folk Melodies, At the Grave of a Young Artist and J.P.E. Hartmann: Character Pieces)
OPUS 9350 2114 (1989)


Symphony No. 7 for Mezzo Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 40 "Choral" (1906)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Requiem)
DACAPO 8.226033 (2006)

 

EBBE HAMERIK
(1898-1951), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen, the son of Asger Hamerik. He was taught by his father and devoted his musical career mostly to conducting. He composed operas as well as orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal works. He wrote 5 orchestral works with the title "Cantus Firmus" Symphonies: the unrecorded ones are: Nos. I "Sinfonia molto breve" (1937), II " Sinfonia assai breve" (1947), III "Sinfonia breve" (1948) and IV "Politonalita per orchestra piccola" (1949). There is also a Sinfonie-Ouverture (1947) and other works for orchestra.

Sinfonia Breve (Cantus Firmus No. 5) (1949)

Moshe Atzmon/Danish Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concerto Molto Breve for Oboe and Orchestra, A. Hamerik: Jewish Trilogy and Concerto Romance for Cello and Orchestra)
DANACORD DACOCD526 (2001)

 

JOHAN PETER EMILIUS HARTMANN
(1805-1900), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. Initially taught music by his father, the composer August Eilhelm Hartmann (1775-1850), he taught himself most musical fundamentals though he did have some mentoring from Christophe Weyse and Ludwig Spohr. He worked as an organist, taught on the staff of the Siboni Conservatory in Copenhagen and, with Niels Gade, founded the Dansk Koncertforening (Danish Concert Association. Throughout most of his long life he was a central and commanding figure in Denmark's music. He composed prolifically in most genres including ballet, opera, incidental music, orchestral and chamber music. For orchestra, the remainder of his output consists of a series of concert overtures. His son Emil Hartmann (1836-1898) was also a prominent composer whose 7 Symphonies have been scheduled for recording.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 17 (1835)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224042 (1996)

Mogens Wøldike/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
(+ Yrsa Overture)
EMI/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY D.M.A. 014 (LP) (1976)

Symphony No. 2 in E major, Op, 48 (1847-8)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Radio Symphony
( + Symphony No. 1)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224042 (1996)

 

HALVOR HAUG
(b. 1952), NORWAY

Born in Trondheim. His musical education was at the Veitvet Music Academy in Oslo, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and with Robert Simpson in London. His music has been widely performed and mostly recorded. His catalogue is predominated by orchestral music but he has also written works for chamber groups, brass band and voices. In addition to his orchestral Symphonies there is also a Symphony for Five (1979). His other major orchestral works include the symphonic poems "Song of the Pines," "Winter Scenery," "Poema Patetica" and "Poema Sonora."

Symphony No. 1 (1982)

Per Dreier/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta and Stillness for Strings)
AURORA ARCD 1910 (1986)


Symphony No. 2 (1984)

Karsten Andersen/Youth Symphony Orchestra
( + String Quartet No. 1, Sonata Elegica and Dialogue for 2 Harps)
VICTORIA VCD 19049 (1991)
(original LP release: AURORA AR 1905) (1986)


Symphony No. 3 "The Inscrutable Life" (1991-3)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Stillness for Strings, Insignia and Song of the Pines)
SIMAX PSC 1113 (1998)


Symphony No. 4 (2001)

Manfred Honeck/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
WARNER/CHAPPELL (promotional CD) (2002)


Symphony No. 5 (2001)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
WARNER/CHAPPELL (promotional CD) (2002)


Sinfonietta (1983)

Per Dreier/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Stillness for Strings)
AURORA ARCD 1910 (1986)


LENNART HEDWALL
(b. 1932), SWEDEN

Born in Gothenburg. He had a well-rounded musical education that included composition studies with Sven-Erik Bäck and Karl-Birger Blomdahl in Stockholm, Wilhelm Fortner, Ernst Krenek and Hanns Jelinek in Germany and conducting training with Tor Mann and Hans Swarowsky. He became one of Sweden's leading conductors and also taught in Gothenburg and Stockholm. He has composed operas as well as orchestral, chamber and vocal music. Some of his other orchestral works are Concertos for Cello and Oboe and the symphonic fantasy "Sagan."

Sinfonia Retrospettiva (1996-97)

Lü Jia/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Amerika, Amerika Uvertyr, Ur Livsgeråd, Cello Concerto, Tre Lyriska Sånger and Det Underliga)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 144 (2003)

 

MAGNE HEGDAL
(b. 1944), NORWAY

Born in Gjerdrum, Akershus County. He studied composition with Conrad Baden and Finn Mortensen and received his degree in composition from the Oslo Music Conservatory. He taught at the State Academy of Music, wrote and lectured extensively and was the principal music critic of the newspaper Dagbladet. As a composer he has specialized in works for the piano but there also some pieces for chamber groups and voices. He has written a few other orchestral pieces including a Little Symphony for String Orchestra (2004).

Sinfonia (1972)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concerto 2, Tre Svisker, Strømholm: Noai'di, Farewell to the Piano and Samiædnan)
AURORA NCDB 4951 (1988)

Grande Symphonie de Salon (1996)

Christian Eggen/Oslo Sinfonietta
( + Annotations, Rond and For 2 Number 3)
NORSK KOMPONIST FORENING ACD 5013 (2001)

 

CARL HELSTED
(1818-1904), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He was trained as a flutist and played in the Royal Danish Orchestra. He did not compose prolifically but did produce some chamber works and songs and his only other unrecorded orchestral work seems to be his Symphony No. 2 in F major "Idyllic" (1844). His brother Edvard Helsted (1816-1900) and son Gustaf Helsted (1857-1924) were also composers with the latter producing 2 Symphonies.

Symphony No. 1 in D major (1841-42)

Giordano Bellincampi/Danish Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Overture in D, G. Helsted: Romance for Violin and Orchestra and Cello Concerto)
DANACORD DACOCD 537 (2001)

 

ÅKE HERMANSON
(1923-1996), SWEDEN

Born in Mollösund, Västra Götaland County. He began his studies in Gothenburg with Knut Bäck and Herman Asplöf and then studied the organ in Stockholm under Alf Linder and Henry Lindroth, and composition with Hilding Rosenberg. He was a member of the board of the Society of Swedish Composers and became its Chairman. He wrote mostly orchestral, chamber and solo instrumental works. His other Symphonies are Nos. 2, Op. 15 (1972-5), 3, Op. 21 (1980) and 4, Op. 25 "Oceanus" (1983-4).

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (1964-7)

Antal Dorati/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Utopia, In Nuce, Appell I - IV, Ultima, Invoco and various chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral pieces)
CAPRICE CAP 22056 (2 CDs) (2007)
(original LP release: CAPRICE CAP 1206) (1981)

 

FINN HOFFDING
(1899-1997)

Symphony No. 3, Op. 12 (1928)


Frank Cramer/Jena Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Evolution and “Det er ganske vist” = “It is perfectly true”)
DA CAPO 8.226080 (2012)

 

HANS HOLEWA
(1905-1991), (AUSTRIA)/SWEDEN

Born in Vienna. There he studied conducting at the New Conservatory of Music and piano and music theory privately with J. Heinz. He worked as a choirmaster and musical director before moving to Sweden in 1937. In Stockholm he resumed his career as a choirmaster and conductor and also worked at the Swedish Radio music library. He introduced twelve-tone music to his adopted country and was a prolific composer of operas, orchestral and chamber music. Of his 6 Symphonies, those unrecorded are: Nos. 1 (1948), 2 (1976), 4 (1980), 5 (1983) and 6 (1985-6). His works for orchestra also include 5 Piano Concertos, a Violin Concerto and a 2 Piano Concerto.

Symphony No. 3 for Soprano and Orchestra (1977)

Eduardo Mata/Dorothy Dorow (soprano)/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concertino No. 4 and Kammermusik No. 2)
CAPRICE CAP 3027 (LP) (1983)

 

VAGN HOLMBOE
(1909-1996), DENMARK

Born in Horsens, Jutland. Holmboe began his formal music training at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen after having been recommendation by Carl Nielsen. There he studied theory with Knud Jeppesen and composition with Finn Høffding. He had additional studies in Berlin with Ernst Toch and traveled to Transylvania to study Balkan folk music. Returning to Copenhagen he taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and also wrote music criticism. He was an extremely prolific composer in all genres (especially orchestral and chamber) and is considered by many to be Denmark's greatest composer since Carl Nielsen. Besides the many recorded Symphonies listed below, his vast orchestral output also includes 2 earlier Symphonies from 1927 designated "Nos." A and B, Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1, Op. 53 (1951), 2, Op. 100 (1968) and 3, Op. 103-A "Frise" (1969-70), a series of 13 works entitled "Chamber Concertos" and larger scaled Concertos for Violin (2) and Cello.

Symphony No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 4 (1935)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 10)
BIS CD-605 (1994)

Symphony No. 2, Op. 15 (1938-9)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonia In Memoriam)
BIS CD-695 (1995)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 25 "Sinfonia Rustica" (1941)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 10)
BIS CD-605 (1994)


Symphony No. 4 for Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 29 "Sinfonia Sacra" (1941, rev. 1945)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Jutland Opera Choir/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
BIS CD-572 (1992)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 35 (1944)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
BIS CD-572 (1992)


Symphony No. 6, Op. 43 (1947)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
BIS CD-573 (1992)


Symphony No. 7, Op. 50 (1950)

John Frandsen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Nørgård: Luna and Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Tricolore)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY D.M.A. 018 (LP) (1975)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
BIS CD-573 (1992)


Symphony No. 8, Op. 56 "Sinfonia Boreale" (1952)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 9)
BIS CD-618 (1995)

Jerzy Semkow/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Nørgård: Constellations)
TURNABOUT S-34168/FONA S 7 (Holmboe only) (LP) (1967)


Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 (1967-9)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
BIS CD-618 (1995)


Symphony No. 10, Op. 105 (1970-2)

Sixten Ehrling/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Nystroem: Symphony No. 1)
CAPRICE CAP 1116) (LP) (1975)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
BIS CD-605 (1994)


Symphony No. 11, Op. 144 (1980-1)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 12 and 13)
BIS CD-728 (1996)


Symphony No. 12, Op. 175 (1988)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 11 and 13)
BIS CD-728 (1996)


Symphony No. 13, Op. 192 (1993-4)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 11 and 12)
BIS CD-728 (1996)


Symphony, Op. 65 "Sinfonia in Memoriam" (1954-5)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
BIS CD-695 (1995)

Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 53 (1951)

John Storgårds/Lapland Chamber Orchestra
( + Chamber Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
DACAPO SACD 6.220621 (2012)

Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 100 "Elegy" (1968)

John Storgårds/Lapland Chamber Orchestra
( + Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
DACAPO SACD 6.220621 (2012)


Chamber Symphony No. 3, Op. 103a "Frise" (Frieze) (1969-70)

John Storgårds/Lapland Chamber Orchestra
( + Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
DACAPO SACD 6.220621 (2012)

Sinfonia for Strings No. 1, Op. 73a "Kairos" (1957)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Camerata Wales
( + Sinfonias Nos. 2, 3 and 4)
BIS CD-1596 (2009)

Hannu Koivula/Danish Radio Sinfonietta
( + Sinfonias Nos. 2, 3 and 4)
DACAPO 8.226017-8 (2 CDs) (2004)

Sinfonia for Strings No. 2, Op. 73b "Kairos" (1957)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Camerata Wales
( + Sinfonias Nos. 1, 3 and 4)
BIS CD-1596 (2009)

Hannu Koivula/Danish Radio Sinfonietta
( + Sinfonias Nos. 1, 3 and 4)
DACAPO 8.226017-8 (2 CDs) (2004)


Sinfonia for Strings No. 3, Op. 73c "Kairos" (1958-9)

Owain Arwel Hughes/Camerata Wales
( + Sinfonias Nos. 1, 2 and 4)
BIS CD-1596 (2009)

Hannu Koivula/Danish Radio Sinfonietta
( + Sinfonias Nos. 1, 2 and 4)
DACAPO 8.226017-8 (2 CDs) (2004)


Sinfonia for Strings No. 4, Op. 73d "Kairos" (1962)

Owain Arwel Hughes2Cam3rata Wales
( + Sinfonias Nos.1, 3 and 4)
BIS CD-1596 (2009)

Hannu Koivula/Danish Radio Sinfonietta
( + Sinfonias Nos. 1, 2 and 3)
DACAPO 8.226017-8 (2 CDs) (2004)


Sinfonia Concertante (Chamber Concerto No. 8) for Orchestra, Op. 38 (1948)

Hannu Koivula/The Danish Radio Sinfonietta
( + Chamber Concertos Nos. 7 and 8)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO 8.224086 (1997)

 

IVER HOLTER
(1850-1941), NORWAY

Born in Gausdal, Oppland County. He first studied music with Johan Svendsen and then went for further training in Leipzig with Salomon Jadassohn, Ernst Richter and Carl Reinecke and also Berlin. He was music director of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and also founded the Christiania (Oslo) Bys Orkester and in his capacity as a conductor and teacher he became a central figure Norway's musical life. He did not compose prolifically but among his other works are a Violin Concerto and the orchestral works "Hanskvæld," "Götz von Berlichingen : Suite" and "Norse Suite."

Symphony in F major, Op. 3

Per Dreier/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
NORSK KULTURRÅDS NKFCD 50020-2 (1998)

 

ALF HURUM
(1882-1972), NORWAY

Born in Oslo. His musical education began in Oslo where he studied theory with Iver Holter and piano with Martin Knutzen. He then studied composition under Max Bruch and Robert Kahn at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik and later continued his studies in France and Russia where he studied orchestration with Maximilian Steinberg at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He left Norway in 1924 and spent most of the rest of his life in Hawaii where he worked as a pianist and conductor and founded the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He composed a small amount of orchestral and chamber music with his other large orchestral works limited to the symphonic poem "Bendik and Aarolilja " and the suites "Exotic." "Norse" and "Fairyland."

Symphony in D minor (1927)

Alexander Dmitriev/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Bendik og Årolilja and String Quartet)
SIMAX PSC 3110 (1998)

 

LUDVIG IRGENS-JENSEN
(1894-1969), NORWAY

Born in Christiana (Oslo). He studied piano and theory at the University of Oslo but was completely self-taught in composition. As a recipient of the Norwegian State Salary of Art he was able to devote his musical career entirely to composition. He composed a select number of orchestral, instrumental, vocal and choral music. His other major works for orchestra are "Passacaglia," "Partita Sinfonica" and "Tema con Variazioni."

Symphony in D minor (original version in 3 movements, revised verssion in 2 movements) (1942)

Eivind Aadland/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (revised version)
( + Tema con Variazioni, Partita Sinfonica, Air, Kong Baldvines Armring-Suite, Rondo Marziale and Passacaglia)
CPO 777 347-2 (2 CDs) (2012)

Bjarte Engeset/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (original version)
( + Air and Passacaglia)
NAXOS 8.572312 (2011)

Øivin Fjeldstad/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (revised versio.)
( + Tema von variazione and Japanischer Frühling)
SIMAX PSC 3118 (1993)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 005) (1971)


Heimferd (The Homeward Journey), Dramatic Symphony for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra (1929)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Anne Bolstad (soprano)/Randi Stene (alto)/ Ivar Gilhuus, Harald Bjørkøy (tenors)/Per Vollestad (baritone)/Carsten Stabell (bass)/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra Choir/ Nidaros Cathedral Choir and Boys Choir/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
SIMAX PSC 3109 (1994)

 

SVEN-ERIC JOHANSON
(1919-1997), SWEDEN

Born in Västervik, Kalmar County. After receiving his formal musical training at the Ingesund Popular School of Music, he went on to the State Academy of Music in Stockholm from where he graduated as a music teacher, organist and choirmaster. Later on he studied composition with Henrik Melcher Melchers in Stockholm, Fartein Valen in Oslo and Luigi Dallapiccola in Florence. in 1957. He was one of the founding members of the Monday Group of modernist Swedish composers. In addition to composing, he pursued careers as a church organist and teacher. He was a prolific composer in all genres including popular and electronic music. His orchestral catalogue includes 12 numbered Symphonies of which the following have not been commercially recorded: Nos. 1 "Sinfonia Ostinata" (1949, rev. 1954), 2 for Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra "Duinoelegi" (also for String Orchestra as "Sinfonia Elegiaca") (1954), 4 for Chorus "Sånger i Förvandlingens Natt : En Symfoni för Röster" (1959) , 5 "Elementsymfonin" (1965-8), 6 "Sinfonietta Pastorella" (1972), 7 "Sinfonia d'Estate" (1987)"Spelmanssymfoni " (1974), 8 for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra "En Frödingsymfoni" (1983-4), 9 "Sinfonia d'Estate" (1987)", 11 "Sinfonia d'Autunno" (1991). There is also a Sinfonietta Concertante for Violin, Balalaika and Chamber Orchestra (1951-81) and many other works for orchestra.

Symphony No. 3 (1956)

Dean Dixon/ Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1959)
(included in collection: "Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra: Recordings 1930-1978")
BIS LP 301-303 (5 LPs) (1985)

Symphony No. 10 "Symphonie Chez Nous" (1990)

Petter Sundquist/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + String Quartet No. 7 and Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 76 (1995)


Symphony No. 12 "Sinfonia da Camera - Arnold Schoenberg In Memoriam" (1992)

Petter Sundkvist/Musik i Västs Kammarensemble
( + Tyinnat Silke, 10 Epigrams, Piano Sonata No. 2, Variations on Korsfararsang fran 1100-talet and Sonata for Solo Flute)
PROPRIUS PRCD 9122 (2003)

 

HALLVARD JOHNSEN
(1916-2003), NORWAY

Born in Hamburg, Germany to Norwegian parents. He studied the flute, conducting and composition at the Music Conservatory in Oslo, where his teachers included Bjarne Brustad, Øiven Fjeldstad, Karl Andersen and Per Steenberg. Much later on he studied composition with Vagn Holmboe in Copenhagen. He worked as a flautist and also taught the flute as well as musical theory. He composed prolifically in various genres including opera, orchestral, chamber and vocal music. He was an extremely productive symphonist with 25 in his catalogue. The unrecorded ones are: Nos. 1, Op. 17 (1944), 2, Op. 22 "Pastorale" (1954), 4, Op. 29 (1959), 5, Op. 32 (1960), 6, Op. 35 (1961), 7, Op. 38 (1962), 8, Op. 42 (1964), 9, Op. 53 "Hemsedal Symphony" (1968), 10, Op. 59 (1973), 11, Op. 70 (1975), 12, Op. 72 (1976), 14, Op. 97 (1985), 15, Op. 103 (1987), 16, Op. 104 (1987), 17, Op. 107 (1989), 18, Op. 111 (1993), 19, Op. 115 "Oceano" (1994), 20, Op. 120 (1996), 21, Op. 123 (1997), 22, Op. 125 (1998), 23, Op. 130 (1999), 24, Op. 133 "Svalbard Symphony" (2001) and 25 (2002?).

Symphony No. 3, Op. 26 (1957)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Brustad: Symphony No. 2 and Baden: Sinfonia Espressiva)
AURORA CONTEMPORARY NCDB 4939 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 019) (1973)


Symphony No. 13, Op. 90 (1983)

Sverre Bruland/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + String Quartet No. 4 and Wind Quintet No. 3)
AURORA ACD 4995 (1997)

 

JOSEF JONSSON
(1887-1969), SWEDEN

Born in Enköping, Uppsala County. He studied piano and orchestration with Ivar Hellman in Norrköping and had musical advice from Wilhelh Stenhammar but was basically self-taught in composition. He worked as a music critic for more than 4 decades and also wrote the programme notes for the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra which performed a number of his works. He also taught piano, violin and music theory. He composed music for orchestra, chamber groups and the piano but most especially for voice. He composed a Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 50 (1947) and a Chamber Symphony in D minor for String Orchestra and Piano, Op. 15b (c. 1920), Violin Concerto and other works for orchestra.

Symphony No.1, Op. 23, "Nordland" (1919-22)

Lü Jia /Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
PHONO SVECIA PSCD 720 (2002)


Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 34 (1928-30)

Lü Jia /Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
PHONO SVECIA PSCD 720 (2002)

 

JACOB AXEL JOSEPHSON
(1818-1880), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied at the University in Uppsala before going to Leipzig for lessons with Moritz Hauptmann and Niels Gade and additional studies Rome. He returned to Uppsala and worked as an organist and conductor as well as a teacher of music history. He is best known as a composer of songs and wrote only a few other works in other genres.

Symphony in E flat major, Op. 4 (1846-7)

Per Åke Andersson/Kungliga Akademiska Kapellet
( + Islossningen and Songs)
STERLING CDS-1003-2 (1998)

 

EDVIN KALLSTENIUS
(1881-1967), SWEDEN

Born in Filipstad, Värmland County. He studied science at Lund University before receiving his musical education at the Leipzig Conservatory where his teachers included Stephan Krahl and Artur Nikisch. He worked as a music critic and was Music Librarian at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation and served on the Board of the Society of Swedish Composers. He composed a large body of works mostly for orchestra and chamber groups. The unrecorded Symphonies are Nos. 3 in A minor, Op. 36 (1948), 4 in E minor, Op. 43 "Sinfonia à Fresco (1953-4) and 5, Op. 52 "Sinfonia Ordinaria ma su Temi 12-Tonici" (1960) also Sinfoniettas Nos. 1, Op. 13 (1923), 3, Op. 46 "Sinfonietta Dodicitonica" and 4, Op. 50 "Semi-Seriale" (1950) and Sinfonietta Concertata in C, Op. 12 for Piano and Orchestra (1922).

Symphony No. 1 in E flat, Op. 16 (1926)

Frank Beermann/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonietta No. 2 and Musica Sinfonica)
CPO 777361–2 (2013)

Symphony No. 2 in F minor, Op. 20 (1935)

B. Tommy Andersson/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Dalarapsodi and Sångoffer)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 701 (1998)

Sinfonietta No. 2, Op. 34 "Espressivo" (1946)

Frank Beermann/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Musica Sinfonica)
CPO 777361–2 (2013)


MAURICE KARKOFF
(b. 1927), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied music theory with Karl-Birger Blomdahl and piano at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm receiving a degree in piano teaching. He continued his study of composition with Lars-Erik Larsson, Erland von Koch, Vagn Holmboe, André Jolivet and Wladimir Vogel and also took courses in counterpoint, orchestration and conducting. He worked as a music critic in Stockholm and taught theory and composition at Stockholm's Communal Music Institute. He composed a voluminous amount of music in all genres. He produced a cycle of 12 numbered Symphonies of which the following have not been recorded: Nos. 1, Op. 17 (1955-6), 2, Op. 25 (1957), 3, Op. 38, "Sinfonia Breve" (1959-60), 5, Op. 72 "Sinfonia da Camera" (1965), 6, Op. 117 (1972-5), 7, Op. 128 (2) "Sinfonia da Camera (1975), 8, Op. 145 (1978-9), 10, Op. 158 (1984-5), 11, Op. 204 "Sinfonia della Vita" (1993-4), 12, Op. 206 "Sinfonia Semplice (1994-6). Also 5 Sinfoniettas: (Nos. 1) Sinfonietta , Op.12 (1954), (2) Sinfonietta Grave, Op. 95 "La Montagna di Rame" (1968-9), (3) Sinfonia Piccola, Op. 151 (1982-3), (4) Little Symphony, Op. 162 (1987) and (5) Sinfonietta 5, Op.170 (1989-90) plus a Short Symphony for Symphonic Band, Op.147 (1980-1).

Symphony No. 4, Op. 69 (1963)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + 7 Pezzi per Grande Orchestra, 6 Chinese Impressions, Vision for Orchestra and 6 Serious Songs - excerpts)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1023 (1988)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33164) (1965)


Symphony No. 9 for Strings, Op. 149, "Dolorous Symphony" (1981-2)

B. Tommy Andersson/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 11, Orientaliska Bilder and Songs)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 108 (1999)


Symphony No. 11, Op. 202 "Sinfonia della Vita" (1993-4)

B. Tommy Andersson/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 9, Orientaliska Bilder and Songs)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 108 (1999)

 

KJELL MØRK KARLSEN
(b. 1947), NORWAY

Born in Oslo. He graduated from the Oslo Music Conservatory as an organist and oboist and later took a degree on the recorder. In addition, he studied organ under Finn Viderø in Copenhagen and composition under Joonas Kokkonen in Helsinki. He worked as both an orchestra oboist and church organist and taught at the Oslo Music Conservatory and later at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. A prolific composer, he has produced 9 numbered Symphonies, oratorios, cantatas, concertos and chamber music as well as church music for choir, soloists and organ. The unrecorded Symphonies are Nos. 1 for Large Orchestra, Op. 70 (1984), 4, Op. 87 "Liturgical Symphony" (1989), 5, Op. 99 "Sinfonia Romantica" (1991-97), 6, Op. 118 "Sinfonia Simplex" (1996), 7, Op. 130 "Sinfonia Santo" (2001), 8, Op. 105 "Sinfonia Arctandria per Orchestra" (2003) and 9, Op. 145 "Sinfonia da Camera for 2 Solo Violins and String Orchestra (2004). There is also: "Sinfonia Facile" for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 68 (1984) and "Sinfonia Piccola" for Small Orchestra, Op. 69 (1984).

Symphony No. 2 for Chorus, Organ and Orchestra (or Brass Band), Op. 73b "Psalm Symphony" (1985)

Oddvar Mikalsen/Kjell Mørk Karlsen (organ)/choruses/Kolbotn Winds
( + Concerto for Organ and Symphonic Band and Kjærnes: A Beginning, Fantasy in Sounds)
CALLISTO JS 94002 (LP) (1987)

Symphony No. 3, Op. 78 "The Ice Palace" (1986)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Music Decima, Nordensten: String Quartet and Mostad: Song for Orchestra)
AURORA ACD 4960 (1991)

 

LEIF KAYSER
(1919-2001), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with P.S. Rung-Keller for organ and Poul Schierbeck for instrumentation. After graduation as an organist and pianist he went to Stockholm to study composition with Hilding Rosenberg and conducting with Tor Mann. He achieved early success as a composer but ceased his musical activities to go Rome for training to become a Catholic priest. He resumed composing after his ordainment but eventually left the ministry and became a teacher at the Copenhagen school where his musical training had begun. Besides his Symphonies he wrote a Sinfonietta for Amateur Orchestra (1967), choral music and works for solo organ and piano.

Symphony No. 1 (1937-38)

Matthias Aeschbacher/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)|
DACAPO 8.224709 (2009)


Symphony No. 2 (1939)

Matthias Aeschbacher/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)|
DACAPO 8.224708 (2007)


Symphony No. 3 (1943-53)

Matthias Aeschbacher/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)|
DACAPO 8.224708 (2007)


Symphony No. 4 (1945-63)

Matthias Aeschbacher/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)|
DACAPO 8.224709 (2009)

 

OLAV KIELLAND
(1916-1985), NORWAY

Born in Trondheim. He studied architecture in Norway while also taking piano and theory lessons but moved to Leipzig where he studied conducting, composition, piano and bassoon at the Music Conservatory and subsequently took Felix Weingartner's masterclass for conductors in Basel, Switzerland. He worked extensively as a conductor both at home and abroad but gradually was able to devote himself more fully to composition. He composed mostly orchestral and chamber works. He composed 3 further Sinfonias, Nos. II, Op. 21 (1961), III, Op. 23 (1970) and IV, Op. 26 "Ættarland" (1977) as well as a Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto and Concerto Grosso Norvegese.

Sinfonia 1 (1935)

Olav Kielland/London Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Villarkorn)
SIMAX PSC 3120 (1993)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6529 039) (1981)

 

STÅLE KLEIBERG
(b. 1958), NORWAY

Born in Stavanger. He graduated from the University of Oslo with a degree in musicology and later from the Norwegian State Academy of Music with a diploma degree in composition and also had further musical studies in England. Kleiberg has worked as a composer and educator with an appointment as associate professor at the department of musicology at the University of Trondheim. Kleiberg's catalogue ranges from works for full orchestra to chamber, solo instrumental, choral and vocal music. Some of his other major works for orchestra are his Chamber Symphony (1996) and Concertos for Violin and Double Bass.

Symphony No. 1 "The Bell Reef" (1990-1)

Rolf Gupta/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Lamento)
AURORA ACD 5032 (2003)


Symphony No. 2 "Kammersymfoni" (1996)

Rolf Gupta/Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Lamento)
AURORA ACD 5032 (2003)

 

PAUL VON KLENAU
(1883-1946), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied composition with Otto Malling at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen before going to Germany where he worked with several composition teachers most notably Max Bruch in Berlin, Ludwig Thuille in Munich and Max von Schillings in Stuttgart. In Germany, where he settled for many years, he was very active as a conductor and had additional studies with Arnold Schoenberg. He composed operas, ballets, orchestral, chamber, solo instrumental and vocal music. Of his 9 Symphonies, Nos. 2 (1911), 3 for Soloists, Chorus, Organ and Orchestra (1913), 4 "Dante" (1913), 6 in E "Nordische Symphonie" (1941), 8 "Im Alten Stil" (1942) and 9 (1945) have not been recorded. The Danish Archives also lists a "Festsymphonie" from 1938.

Symphony No. 1 in F minor (1908)

Jan Wagner/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5 and Paolo and Francesca)
DACAPO 8.224134 (2000)


Symphony No. 5 "Triptikon" (1939)

Jan Wagner/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Paolo and Francesca)
DACAPO 8.224134 (2000)


Symphony No. 7 "Die Sturmsymphonie" (1941)

Jan Wagner/Odense Symphony Orchestra
Little Ida's Flowers: Ballet Overture, Jahrmarkt bei London:Bank Holiday and Gesprache mit dem Tod)
DACAPO 8.224183 (2002)

 

ARVID KLEVEN
(1899-1929), NORWAY

Sinfonia Libera in Due Parte, Op.16
(1927)

Born in Trondheim. He studied music theory with Gustav Lange in Oslo and the went for further stydy in Berlin and Paris but was self-taught as a composer. He was a professional flautist and played in the Oslo Philharmonic. He composed orchestral and instrumental works.

Susanna Mälkki/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Lotusland, Symphonic Fantasy and The Sleeping Forest)
BIS CD-1542 (2010)

 

ERLAND VON KOCH
(1910-2009), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm, the son of composer Sigurd von Koch (1879-1919). After initial training from his father, he studied at the Stockholm Music Conservatory and received a degree in organ performance and church music. Then he went abroad to Germany and later France to study composition with Paul Höffer, conducting with Clemens Krauss and piano with Claudio Arrau. Coming home, he obtained a teaching position at Karl Wohlfart's Music School and then as a conductor and engineer for Swedish Radio. After his retirement from the latter position, he taught theory and harmony at the Stockholm Music Conservatory. He composed prolifically throughout his long life and his output ranged from a children's opera and ballets to pieces for solo piano though most of his works are for orchestra and chamber groups. Many of his works reflect Swedish national motifs. He wrote a total of 6 numbered Symphonies of which only one has been recorded. The remaining ones are Nos. 1 (1938), 3 (1948), 4 "Sinfonia Seria " (1952-3, rev. 1962), 5 "Lapponica" (1986-7) and 6 "Salvare la Terra" (1991-2).

Symphony No. 2 "Sinfonia Dalecarlia" (1944)

B. Tommy Andersson/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Viola Concerto, Nordiskt Capriccio and Askungen: Suite No. 1))
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 710 (2000)


Sinfonietta, Op. 44 (1946-7)

Erland von Koch/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1950)
(included in collection: "Conducting Composers")
MUSICA SVECIAE PSCD 79 (1995)



ANDERS KOPPEL
(b. 1947), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen, the son of composer Herman D. Koppel. He played the piano as a child with his father and then played and studied the clarinet and organ. A co-founder with his brother Thomas (b. 1944) of the rock group Savage Rose, he went on to compose orchestral and chamber works as well as operas and ballets.

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra (2007)

Matthias Aeschbacher/Yana Deshkova (violin)/Anna Maria D. Dahl (viola)/Randi Østergaard (clarinet)/Sheila Popkin (bassoon)/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Concerto for Flute and Harp and Tuba Concerto)
DACAPO 8.226052 (2011)


HERMAN DAVID KOPPEL
(1909-1998), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He attended the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen after having studied piano with Rudolph Simonsen and theory with Emilius Bangert but in composition he was wholly self-taught, inspired by among others Bartók, Stravinsky and especially by Carl Nielsen who befriended and advised him. He went on study tours in Germany, France and England and began a teacher career and ultimately became a professor at the Royal Academy. He was a also an accomplished pianist performing jazz as well as classical music, His compositional output was prodigious and ranged from operas to instrumental solos. In addition to his Symphonies, his large orchestral catalogue also includes a Sinfonietta, Op. 45 (1946), 4 Piano Concertos, Concerto for Orchestra and much else. Two of his sons, Thomas Koppel (b. 1944) and Anders Koppel (b. 1947) have both achieved fame as composers.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 5 (1929-30)

Moshe Atzmon/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
DACAPO 8.226205 (2002)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 37 (1943)

Moshe Atzmon/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
DACAPO 8.226205 (2002)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 39 (1944-45)

Moshe Atzmon/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DACAPO 8.226016 (2003)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 42 (1946)

Moshe Atzmon/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO 8.226016 (2003)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 60 (1956)

Moshe Atzmon/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Prelude to a Symphony and Piano Concerto No.3)
DACAPO 8.226027 (2004)


Symphony no. 6 op. 63 "Sinfonia Breve" (1957)

Moshe Atzmon/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
DACAPO 8.224135 (2000)


Symphony no. 7, op. 70 (1960-61)

Moshe Atzmon/Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
DACAPO 8.224135 (2000)

 

JOHAN KVANDAL
(1919-1999), NORWAY

Born in Oslo, the son of composer David Monrad Johansen (1888-1974). He graduated as an organist and conductor from the Oslo Music Conservatory. He also studied theory and composition with Geirr Tveitt, theory with Per Steenberg and organ with Arild Sandvold. He had further composition lessons from Joseph Marx in Vienna, Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Boris Blacher in Berlin. In addition to composing he has worked as an organist and music critic. His output includes an opera, orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal music. His other major orchestral works include Symphony No. 1, Op. 18 (1959), Visions Norvegiennes, Concerto for Chamber Orchestra and Concertos for Piano, 2 Pianos, Violin and Organ.

Symphonic Epos (Symphony in One Movement), Op. 21

Herbert Blomstedt/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concerto for Flute and Strings, String Quartet, Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola and Violoncello, Duo for Violin and Cello, Sonata for Violin Solo, Da Lonato, Introduction and Allegro for Horn and Piano and Aria Cadenza e Finale)
AURORA ACD 4986 (2 CDs) (1995)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 839 253) (1968)


Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 29 (1968)

Aleksander Kantorov/St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto ; Variations and Fugue and Triptycon)
HEMERA HCD 2929 (1998)

 

PETER ERASMUS LANGE-MÜLLER
(1850-1926), DENMARK

Born in Fredericksburg (suburb of Copenhagen). Ill-health only allowed him to study music formally for a brief period at the Copenhagen Conservatory, but his natural gifts, already displayed in childhood, allowed him to go on to a very productive musical career. He composed opera, orchestral, instrumental and especially vocal music. The incidental music he wrote for the play "Once Upon a Time" is his most popular work and a Danish musical icon. His other major orchestral works are a Violin Concerto and the suites: "In the Alhambra" and "Weyerburg."

Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op 17 "Autumn" (1879)

Douglas Bostock/Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia
( + Symphony No. 2)
CLASSICO CLASSSCD 370 (2001)


Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 33 (1889, rev. 1915)

Douglas Bostock/Chamber Philharmonic of Bohemia
( + Symphony No. 1)
CLASSICO CLASSSCD 370 (2001)

 


RUED LANGGAARD
(1893-1952), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen, the son of composer Siegfried Langgaard (1852-1914). As a child he was taught the piano by both of his parents as well as the organ by Gustav Helsted. At the age of 12, he started to study music theory under C.F.E. Horneman and, later, Vilhelm Rosenberg and simultaneously gave recitals as an organist and began composing. Although a few of his major works were performed in his lifetime, he was basically considered an outsider by the Danish musical establishment. It is only now that his importance has been acknowledged and most of his important works including his opera "Antikrist" have been recorded.

Symphony No. 1 "Klippepastoraler" (Mountain Pastorals) (1910)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO 6.220525 (2008)

Leif Segerstam/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Fra Dybett)
CHANDOS CHAN 9249 (1994)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
DANACORD DACOCD 404 (1992)


Symphony No. 2 "Vårbrud" (Awakening of Spring) (1912-4)

Thomas Dausgaard/Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano)/Danish National Symphony Choir/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO 6.220516 (2007)

Ilya Stupel/Roma Owsinska (soprano)/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Drapa)
DANACORD DACOCD 405 (1992)


Symphony No. 3 "Ungdomsbrus - La Melodia" (The Flush of Youth - La Melodia) (1915-16, rev. 1925-33)

Thomas Dausgaard/Per Salo (piano)/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO 6.220516 (2007)

Ilya Stupel/Tadeusz Chmielewski (piano)/ Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Drapa)
DANACORD DACOCD 405 (1992)


Symphony No. 4 "Lovfald" (Leaf Fall) (1916, rev. 1920)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
DACAPO 8.224215 (2002)

John Frandsen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Hoffding: Symphonic Fantasy No. 2 and Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Chronos)
EMI (Denmark) 6C 063-38100 (LP) (1974)

John Frandsen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1981)
( + Symphony No. 6 and Music of the Spheres)
DANACORD DACOCD 340-1 (2 CDs) (1989)

Neeme Järvi/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6)
CHANDOS CHAN 9064 (1992)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6, Interdikt and Heldentod)
DANACORD DACOCD 406 (1992)


Symphony No. 5 (2 versions) "Steppenatur" ("Sommersagnsdrama") (Steppe Landscape)
(Summer Legend Drama)
(1917-8/1920/1931)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra (both versions)
( + Symphony No. 4)
DACAPO 8.224215 (2002)

Neeme Järvi/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6)
CHANDOS CHAN 9064 (1992)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7 and 9)
DANACORD DACOCD 407 (1992)


Symphony No. 6 "Det Himmelrivende" (The Heaven-Rending) (1919-20, rev. 1928-30)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8)
DACAPO 8.224180 (2001)

John Frandsen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1977)
( + Symphony No. 4 and Music of the Spheres)
DANACORD DACOCD 340-1 (2 CDs) (1989)
(original LP release: DANACORD DACO 206) (1983)

Neeme Järvi/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5)
CHANDOS CHAN 9064 (1992)
Ole Schmidt/Sjællands Symphony Orchestra
( + Antikrist)
HMV (Denmark) 749664-1 (2 LPs) (1988)
Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Interdikt and Heldentod)
DANACORD DACOCD 406 (1992)


Symphony No. 7 "Ved Tordenskjold i Holmens Kirke" (1925-26)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 6 and 8)
DACAPO 8.224180 (2001)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9)
DANACORD DACOCD 407 (1992)


Symphony No. 8 "Minder ved Amalienborg" (Memories at Amalienborg) (1926-8, rev.
1929-34)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7)
DACAPO 8.224180 (2001)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 14 and 15)
DANACORD DACOCD 409 (1992)


Symphony No. 9 for Chorus with Tenor Solo and Orchestra "Fra Dronning Dagmars By" (From Queen Dagmar's City) (1942)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 10 and 11)
DACAPO 8.224182 (2002)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7)
DANACORD DACOCD 407 (1992)


Symphony No. 10 "Hin Torden-bolig" (Yon Hall of Thunder) (1944-5)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 9 and 11)
DACAPO 8.224182 (2002)

Ole Schmidt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 14)
DANACORD DACOCD 302 (1987)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos.11 and 12 and Sfinx)
DANACORD DACOCD 408 (1992)


Symphony No. 11 "Ixion" (1944-5)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 9 and 10)
DACAPO 8.224182 (2002)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos.10 and 12 and Sfinx)
DANACORD DACOCD 408 (1992)


Symphony No. 12 "Hélsingeborg" (1946)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos.13 and 14)
DACAPO 6.220517 (2006)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos.10 and 11 and Sphinx)
DANACORD DACOCD 408 (1992)


Symphony No. 13 "Undertro" (Belief in Wonders) (1946-7)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos.12 and 14)
DACAPO 6.220517 (2006)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No.16 and Antikrist: Prelude)
DANACORD DACOCD 410 (1992)


Symphony No. 14 (Suite for Chorus and Orchestra) "Morgenen" (The Morning) (1947-48/1951)

Thomas Dausgaard/ Danish National Symphony Orchestra Choir/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos.13 and 14)
DACAPO 6.220517 (2006)

Michael Schønwandt/Danish Radio Choir/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10)
DANACORD DACOCD 302 (1987)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Choir/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 8 and 15)
DANACORD DACOCD 409 (1992)


Symphony No. 15 for Bass Baritone, Male Chorus and Orchestra "Søstormen" (The Sea Storm) (1937/1949)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No.16, Drapa, Sphinx and Hvidberg-Drapa))
DACAPO 6.220519 (2009)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 8 and 14)
DANACORD DACOCD 409 (1992)


Symphony No. 16 "Syndflod af Sol" (Sun Deluge) (1950-51)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No.16, Drapa, Sphinx and Hvidberg-Drapa))
DACAPO 6.220519 (2009)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No.16 and Antikrist: Prelude)
DANACORD DACOCD 410 (1992)


Sinfonia Interna (1915/16/23/27)

Frans Rasmussen/Anne Marrethe Dahl (soprano)/Pia Hansen (mezzo-soprano)/Jens Krogsgaard Jensen (tenor)/Canzone Choir/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
DACAPO 8.224136 (1999)

 

LARS-ERIK LARSSON
(1908-1986), SWEDEN

Born in Åkarp, Skåne County. He studied composition with Ernst Ellberg as well as conducting at the Stockholm Conservatory and had further composition training with Alban Berg in Vienna and Fritz Reuter in Leipzig. He was employed as chorus master at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, worked as music critic for the Lunds Dagblad and was a conductor at Swedish Radio. Academically, he taught composition at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm and later became Director Musices at the University of Uppsala. He composed a substantial amount of works in most genres including operas and a ballet. For orchestra, the Symphonies are complemented by his 12 Concertinos for various orchestras and string orchestra, Concertos for Violin, Cello and Saxophone and his ever-popular "Pastoral Suite" as well as other pieces.

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 2 (1927-8)

Hans-Peter Frank/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
BIS CD-246 (1989)

Sten Frykberg/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Alfvén: En Bygdesaga)
STERLING S-1008 (LP) (1983)

Andrew Manze/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + The Winter's Tale ;Music for Orchestra, Pastoral for Small Orchestra and Lyric Fantasy)
CPO 777671-2 (2014)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 17 (1936-7)

Hans-Peter Frank/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
BIS CD-246 (1989)


Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 34 (1944-5)

Sten Frykberg/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Förklädd Gud)
BIS CD-96 (1989)
(original LP release: BIS LP-96) (1978)


Sinfonietta for String Orchestra, Op. 10 (1932)

Göran W. Nilsson/Örebro Chamber Orchestra
( + Little Serenade, Adagio for Strings, Violin Concertino and Piano Concertino)
BLUEBELL ABCD 012 (1987)

 

JÓN LEIFS
(1899-1968), ICELAND

Born in Sólheimar. He left Iceland in 1916 to study at the Leipzig Conservatory where his teachers included Otto Lohse and Hermann Scherchen for conducting and Paul Graener for composition. He remained in Germany for many years where he made a name for himself as a conductor and composer but fled home because of the Nazis. After his return he played a large rôle in the musical life of his country including the founding of the Society of Icelandic Composers. He composed wordless music dramas, music for orchestra, chamber works and vocal works with many pieces reflecting the natural and cultural world of his native country.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 26 "Saga" (1941-2)

Jussi Jalas/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
ITM ITM 2 (LP) (1976)

Osmo Vänskä/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
BIS CD-730 (1995)

 

HARALD LIE
(1902-1942), NORWAY

Born in Christiana (Oslo). He studied piano at the Oslo Conservatory and composition with Fartein Valen and had further training in Leipzig with Otto Wittenbach. He started composing at a late age and his early death from tuberculosis meant that his output was quite small but includes for orchestra: Symphony No. 1, Op. 4 (1936) and Symphonic Dance (1942) which was meant to be the scherzo for his unfinished Symphony No. 3.

Symphony No. 2, Op. 5 (1937)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphonic Dance, The Bat's Letter and Elegy)
SIMAX PSC 3114 (1998)


SIGURD LIE
(1871-1904), NORWAY

Born in Drammen, Buskerud County. His early musical training came from his parents. In Norway he studied theory and composition with Iver Holter and then went to the Leipzig Conservatory where his composition teacher was Carl Reinecke and then Berlin for lessons with Heinrich Urban. He worked as a violinist and choral conductor. He produced a small body of composition and excelled in songs. His other orchestral works are an Oriental Suite and a Symphonic March.

Symphony in A minor (1898-1903)

Terje Boye Hansen/Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concertstück and Wartburg)
2L RECORDS (2004)


RUBEN LILJEFORS
(1871-1936), SWEDEN

Born in Uppsala. He studied music at Uppsala University with Ivar Hedenblad and then went on to study composition with Salomon Jadassohn at the Leipzig Conservatory. His studies continued at the Stockholm Conservatory where he graduated as an organist. Later on, he returned to Germany for further composition training with Felix Draeseke and Max Reger. He worked as an orchestral and choral conductor and taught music at Gävle High School. He composed works for orchestra, chamber music, piano pieces, choral works and many songs. His other orchestral works besides the recorded Symphony and Piano Concerto include a suite "Summer" and several overtures.His son Ingemar Liljefors (1906-1981) was also a noted composer who produced a Symphony (1943).

Symphony in E flat major, Op. 14 (1906)

Mats Liljefors /Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto)
STERLING CDS-1017-2 (1995)

 

SIGMUND LILLEBJERKA
(b. 1931), NORWAY

Born in Bodø, Nordland County. He is mostly self-taught as a composer, but has studied composition privately with Per Hjort Albertsen, Sigurd Berge, Bjørn Kruse, and Olav Anton Thommessen. He has composed music for the stage as well as orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal and solo instrumental music. His orchestral catalogue also includes Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 and a Symphonic Fantasy.

Sinfonietta for Small Orchestra (2000)

Arvid Engegård/Bodø Sinfonietta
( + Flute Concerto and Violin Concerto)
EURIDICE EUCD 34 (2006)

 

OSKAR LINDBERG
(1887-1955), SWEDEN

Born in Gagnef, Dalarna Count. His musical career started at the age of 14 when he became organist of his local church. Soon thereafter he attended the Stockholm Conservatory from where he graduated as an organist and music teacher and also studied composition with Ernst Ellberg and Andreas Hallén. He worked as an organ recitalist and conductor and taught music in a pair of schools before he became teacher of harmony at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm. He composed prolifically and his catalogue includes an opera, orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral music. His other orchestral works include a series of mostly nationalistic symphonic poems, a Swedish Rhapsody, suites and concert overtures.

Symphony in F major, Op. 16 (1913-5)

Stig Westerberg/Örebro Symphony Orchestra
( + Per the Fiddler Hath Played and Three Impressions of Travel)
STERLING CDS-1003-2 (1994)

 

ADOLF FREDRIK LINDBLAD
(1801-1878), SWEDEN

Born in Skänninge, Östergötland County. As a child he learned to play the piano and flute and was taught the fundamentals of composing. His formal education was at Uppsala and he went to Berlin to complete his studies with Carl Friedrich Zelter. Back home he founded and directed his own music school whose pupils included Jenny Lind and members of the Swedish royal family. Besides his 2 Symphonies, Lindblad composed an opera, and chamber music but he was chiefly known during his lifetime and is best remembered for the more than two hundred songs he composed many of them for Jenny Lind.

Symphony No. 1 in C major (1831)

Okko Kamu/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Frondörerna Overture)
CAPRICE CAP 1197 (LP) (1983)

Gerard Korsten/Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
MARCO POLO 8. 225105 (1999)


Symphony No. 2 in D major (1831)

Gerard Korsten/Uppsala Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
MARCO POLO 8. 225105 (1999)

Mats Liljefors/Gävle Symphony Orchestra
( + Ölander: Symphony in E flat)
STERLING CDS-1005-2 (1996)

 

BO LINDE
(1933-1970), SWEDEN

Born in Gävle. His first music teachers were Eric Bengtsson and May Bökman and he then studied composition with Lars-Erik Larsson at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm as well conducting in Vienna. After his return home, he taught music theory at the Stockholm Citizens' School and worked mainly in Gävle as a composer, pianist and music critic. His premature death deprived Sweden of a major composer. He composed orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal music. Among his other major orchestral works there is a Concerto for Orchestra, 2 Piano Concertos, Violin Concerto and Cello Concerto.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 1 "Sinfonia Fantasia" (1951)

Petter Sundquist/Gävle Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Pensieri sopra un Cantico Vecchio)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SSACD 1133 (2009)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 23 "Sinfonia" (1960)

Jun'ichi Hirokami/Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto and Pensieri sopra un Cantico Vecchio)
BIS CD-621 (1993)

Petter Sundquist/Gävle Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Pensieri sopra un Cantico Vecchio)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SSACD 1133 (2009)


TORBJÖRN IWAN LUNDQUIST
(1920-2000), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied musicology at the University of Uppsala and composition with Dag Wirén and many years later studied conducting with Otmar Suitner in Austria. After founding his own chamber orchestra, he embarked on a very active career as a conductor. He composed prolifically in various genres and often incorporated non-traditional types of music such as jazz and Asian music into his compositional techniques. He composed 9 numbered Symphonies including the following that have not been recorded: Nos. 2 (1956-70), 4 (1974-85), 5 (1980), 6 "Sarek" (1988), 8 "Kroumata Symphony" (1989-92) and 9 in One Movement "Survival" (1996). There is also a Siinfonietta for Chamber Orchestra (1952), various Concertos and other works for orchestra.

Symphony No. 1 (1956, rev. 1971)

B. Tommy Andersson/Umeå Symphony Orchestra
( + Arktis, Anrop and Siebenmal Rilke)
BLUEBELL ABCD 072 (1998)


Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Dolorosa" (1971-5)

Peter Maag/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
ARTEMIS ART 50-104 (LP)(1978)


Symphony No.7 for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra "Humanity - Dag Hammarskjöld in Memoriam" (1990)

Sixten Ehrling/Anita Soldh (soprano)/Olle Persson (baritone)/ Mikaeli Chamber Chorus/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
CAPRICE CAP 21419 (1992)

 

MIKLÓS MARÓS
(b. 1943), (HUNGARY)/SWEDEN

Born in Pécs, Hungary, the son of composer Rudolf Marós (1917-1982). He studied composition with Ferenc Szabo at the State Academy of Music in Budapest and Reszö Sugár at the Bela Bartók Conservatory. He came to Sweden in 1968 and studied composition with Ingvar Lidholm at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm also studying with György Ligeti who has had an important influence on his compositional technique. He has taught electronic music at Electronic Music Studio and at the Stockholm College of Music and founded the Marós Ensemble to promote the performance of contemporary music. He has composed operas, orchestral, chamber and vocal music. Thus far, he has written 4 numbered Symphonies of which Nos. 2 for Wind Band (1979) and 4 (1998) have not been recorded. Among his other orchestral works there is also a Sinfonietta for Chamber Orchestra (1985), a Concerto Grosso and several Concertos for solo instruments.

Symphony No. 1 (1974)

Miklós Marós/Budapest Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3, Gitanjali Songs and Alto-Saxophone Concerto)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 023 (1992)
(original LP release: PHONO SUECIA PS 23) (1984)


Symphony No. 3 for Strings "Sinfonia Concertante" (1986)

Juha Kangas/Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Gitanjali Songs and Alto-Saxophone Concerto)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 023 (1992)



NIELS MARTHINSEN
(b. 1963), DENMARK

Born in Viborg. He studied composition at the Royal Academy in Aarhus where he was a student of Per Nørgård, but he has also had lessons from Hans Abrahamsen, Steen Pade, Karl Aage Rasmussen and Poul Ruders. He has taught composition, instrumentation, theory and music history teaching in several conservatoires. He has composed in various genres and his catalogue includes, in addition to his Symphony, three solo concertos, three operas and a very large quantity of instrumental works.

Symphony No. 1 "Monster Symphony" (1995, rev. 2004)

Michel Tabachnik/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Panorama and The Confessional: Opera Trailer)
DACAPO 8.226510 (2006)


Symphony No. 2"Snapshot Symphony" (2009)

Christian Lindberg/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + In the Shadow of the Bat - Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra, Snow White’s Mirror and The King of Utopiaville Demo)
DA CAPO 8226545 (2011)

 

HENRIK MELCHER MELCHERS
(1882-1961), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied at the Stockholm Conservatory and graduated as a music teacher. He also studied composition with Johan Lindegren as well as at the Paris Conservatory. He graduated as an organist then and studied conducting in Brussels and Sondershausen. He worked as a music critic and had an academic career at the Stockholm Conservatory where he eventually became a Professor. He did not compose prolifically and concentrated on orchestral and chamber music as well as songs. For orchestra he also composed 2 Piano Concertos, a Violin Concerto, the symphonic poem "La Kermesse" and a Swedish Rhapsody.

Symphony in D minor, Op. 18 (1924-5)

Mats Rondin/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 2)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 717 (2002)

 

ARNE MELLNÄS
(1933-2002), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He studied with Erland von Koch, Lars-Erik Larsson and Karl-Birger Blomdahl at the Stockholm Musikhögskolan and later continued his training with Boris Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, and privately with Max Deutsch in Paris and György Ligeti in Vienna. In addition, he studied electronic music with Gottfried Michael Koenig at the Gaudeamus Foundation. He returned to the Stockholm Musikhögskolan to teach theory and then lectured in orchestration. He composed operas, orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works.

Symphony No. 1 "Ikaros" (1986)

Imants Resnis/Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1989)
( + Passages and Labyrinthos – Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra)
:PHONO SUECIA PSCD 175 (2010)


FINN MORTENSEN
(1922-1983), NORWAY

Born in Christiania (now Oslo). He studied harmony with Torleif Eken, composition with Klaus Egge and Nils Viggo Bentzon, as well as the piano and double bass at the Oslo Conservatory and took courses at Darmstadt and with Karlheinz Stockhausen's master class in electronic music at Cologne. He taught at the Oslo Conservatory (which became the Norwegian State Academy of Music), worked as a music critic and was the leader of the group Ny Musik, a Norwegian advocacy group for contemporary music. As a composer he has concentrated exclusively on music for instruments ranging from solo piano works to pieces for orchestra. Some of his other orchestral works are a Piano Concerto, Evolution, Tone Colors and Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 5 (1952-3)

Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Wind Quintet and Suite for Wind Quintet)
AURORA NCDB 4935 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6529 088) (1982)

Terje Mikkelsen/Munich Radio Orchestra
( + :Pezzo Orchestrale, Evolution and Per Orchestra)
SIMAX PSC1306 (2012)


CARL NIELSEN
(1865-1931), DENMARK

Born in in Sortelung (Nørre Lyndelse), near Odense. He learned the violin and piano as a child and began composing as well. After learning how to play brass instruments, he got a job as a as a bugler and trombonist in an Odense band. His formal musical education was at the Copenhagen Music Conservatory where he studied the violin with Valdemar Tofte, music theory with Orla Rosenhoff and music history with Niels Gade. He was a violinist with the orchestra of the Royal Theater in Copenhagen and earned some extra income as a teacher before making his breakthrough as a composer with his Suite for Strings. After receiving a state pension, he often appeared as a conductor but he was able to devote his musical career mostly to composition. He is uncontestedly seen as Denmark's greatest composer, whose cycle of Symphonies reached world prominence and whose other major works, the Concertos for Violin, Clarinet and Flute, his 2 operas and various chamber works are of the highest quality.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 7 (1890-2)

Paavo Berglund/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 7701-2 (1988)

Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, At the Bier of a Young Artist and Bohemian-Danish Folk Melodies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 500829-2 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5027 {8 LPs}) (1975)

Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, Maskarade Overture and Aladdin Suite)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 460985-2 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: DECCA 425607-2) (1989)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 299 (2002)

Myung-Whun Chung/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Rhapsody-Overture and Flute Concerto)
BIS CD-454 (1990)

Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
LSO LIVE LSO 0715 (2012)

János Fürst/Ulster Orchestra (rec. 2002)
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 1)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BBC MM268 (2006)

Alan Gilbert/New York Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 4)
DACAPO SACD 6.220624 (2014)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
TRIO 4775514 (3 CDs) (2005)
(original CD release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 439775-2) (1993)

Thomas Jensen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1952)
( + Symphony No. 5, Helios Overture, Flute Concerto, Maskarade: Overture, Magdelone’s Dance Scene, Prelude and Dance of the Cockerels and Schultz: Serenade for Strings)
DECCA ELOQUENCE 4801858 (2 CDs) (2011)
(original LP release: DECCA LXT 2748/LONDON LL 635) (1952)

Okko Kamu/Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 7)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 115 (1996)

Theodore Kuchar/Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 (3 CDs) (2006)

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No, 6)
NAXOS 8.550826 (1995)

Yoel Levi/Montpellier National Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
ACCORD 4760944 (2004)

Tor Mann/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1958)
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6, Saga-Dream, Aladdin: Oriental Festival March and Saul and David)
DANACORD DACOCD 6276-30 (4 CDs) (2006)

Terje Mikkelsen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
FINLANDIA 398422836-2 (1998)

Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6 and Maskarade: Overture and Prelude to Act II)
SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS 63040 (1997)
(original LP release: CBS 72606/COLUMBIA MS-7004) (1967)

André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Saul and David: Prelude to Act II and The Mother: The Fog is Lifting)
RCA CLASSICAL NAVIGATOR 74321 21296-2 (1994)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL SB 6714/RCA VICTOR LSC 2961) (1967)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
APEX 092740622-2 (2001)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN 10271X (3 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 9260) (1994)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Little Suite)
CBS MASTERWORKS MK 42321 (1987)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
FINLANDIA 8573-85574-2 (2005)

Ole Schmidt/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 6)
REGIS RRC 2046 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 324) (1974)

Michael Schønwandt/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
NAXOS 8.570737 (2008)
(original CD release: DACAPO 8.224169) (2001)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Helios Overture and Saul and David: Suite)
KONTRAPUNKT 32157 (1993)

Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (rec. )
(included in collection: "A Tribute to Solti")
Chicago Symphony Orchestra CSO CD89-10-20 (2 CDs) (1989)

Bryden Thomson/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 8880 (1992)

Erik Tuxen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1957)
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4 ,5 and 6)
DANACORD DACOCD 351-3 (3 CDs) (1994)
(original release: DANACORD DACO 121-3 {3 LPs}) (1984)

Erik Tuxen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1957)
( + Symphony No. 5 and Helios Overture)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDLXT 2505 (1995)

Osmo Vänskä/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
BIS CD-1079 (2002)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 "The Four Temperaments" (1902)

Paavo Berglund/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 7884-2 (1989)

Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 4)
SONY BERNSTEIN ROYAL EDITION SMK 47597 (1993)
(original LP release: CBS 73299/COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS M 32779) (1974)

Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6, At the Bier of a Young Artist and Bohemian-Danish Folk Melodies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 500829-2 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5027 {8 LPs}) (1975)

Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3, Maskarade Overture and Aladdin Suite)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 460985-2 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: DECCA 430 280-2) (1990)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 296 (1999)

Myung-Whun Chung/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Aladdin Suite)
BIS CD-247 (1983)

Sir Andrew Davis/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 5)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BBC MM 103 (1992)

Carl von Garaguly/Tivoli Concert Symphony Orchestra
( + Little Suite)
FONA-KLUBBEN LPK 510/VOX STPL 512.550 (TURNABOUT TV34049DS) (LP) (1965)

Alan Gilbert/New York Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO SACD 6.220623 (2012)

Morton Gould/Chicago Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Helios Overture and The Mother: The Fog is Lifting)
RCA CLASSIC LIBRARY 8287676237-2 (2006)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL SB 6701/RCA VICTOR LSC-2920) (1967)

Launy Grøndahl/ Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1956)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 ,5 and 6)
DANACORD DACOCD 351-3 (3 CDs) (1994)
(original release: DANACORD DACO 121-3 {3 LPs}) (1984)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
TRIO 4775514 (3 CDs) (2005)
(original CD release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 439775-2) (1993)

Thomas Jensen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1947)
( + Symphony No. 4)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDCLP 4001 (1996)
(original LP release: ODEON KDO 2013) (1961)

Thomas Jensen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1944)
( + Symphony No. 5, Maskarade: Dance of the Cockerels, Songs and Choral Works)
DANACORD DACOCD 365-7 (3 CDs) (1996)

Theodore Kuchar/Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 (3 CDs) (2006)

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No, 3)
NAXOS 8.550825 (1995)

Tor Mann/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1944)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6, Saga-Dream, Aladdin: Oriental Festival March and Saul and David)
DANACORD DACOCD 6276-30 (4 CDs) (2006)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN 10271X (3 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 9360) (1994)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Pan and Syrinx and Aladdin Suite)
CBS MASTERWORKS MK 44934 (1990)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
FINLANDIA 8573-85574-2 (2005)

Ole Schmidt/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 6)
REGIS RRC 2046 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 325) (1974)

Michael Schønwandt/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
NAXOS 8.570738 (2008)
(original CD release: DACAPO 8.224126) (1999)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Sneffrid Suite and Amor and the Poet Overture)
KONTRAPUNKT 32178 (1994)

Leopold Stokowski/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1967)
(included in collection: "Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Leopold Stokowski")
EMI GREAT CONDUCTORS OF THE 20TH CENTURY 5 75480 2 (2 CDs) (2002)
(original LP release: POCO RECORDS 8470 (LP)

Bryden Thomson/ BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1981)
( + Symphony No. 5 and and Symphonic Rhapsody)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS 15656 9149-2 (1995)

Bryden Thomson/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 8880 (1992)

Osmo Vänskä/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
BIS CD-1289 (2003)

Akeo Watanabe/Japan Philharmonic (rec. 1967)
(included in collection: "Complete Works of Watanabe Akeo and Japan Philharmonic")
JAPAN PHILHARMONIC JPFO-0001 (26 CDs)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia Espansiva" (1910-1)

Yuri Ahronovitch/ Elisabeth Rehling (soprano)/Michael Wilhelm Hansen (baritone)/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
UNICORN-KANCHANA KP 8006 (LP) (1982)

Gilles Auger/Orchestre du Conservatoire de Musique du Québec
( + Brahms: Tragic Overture, Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave and Papineau-Couture: Suite Lapitsky)
BELL CD-1995 (1995)

Paavo Berglund/anonymous soloists/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 60427-2 (1988)

Leonard Bernstein/Ruth Goldbaek (soprano)/Niels Møller (tenor)/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
SONY BERNSTEIN ROYAL EDITION SMK 47598 (1993)
(original LP release: CBS 72369/COLUMBIA MS-6769) (1965)

Herbert Blomstedt/Kirsten Schultz (soprano)/ Peter Rasmussen (baritone)/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, At the Bier of a Young Artist and Bohemian-Danish Folk Melodies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 500829-2 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5027 {8 LPs}) (1975)

Herbert Blomstedt/Matsuda Masae (soprano)/Mihara Tsuyoshi (baritone)/NHK Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1998)
( + Symphony No. 4)
KING RECORDS KICC-3014 (2001)

Herbert Blomstedt/Nancy Wait Kromm (soprano)/Kevin McMillan (baritone)/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, Maskarade Overture and Aladdin Suite)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 460985-2 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: DECCA 430 280-2) (1990)

Douglas Bostock/Eva Hess Thaysen (soprano)/Jan Lund (tenor)/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Helios Overture, Paraphrase on Nearer My God To Thee and Songs)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 297 (1999)

Myung-Whun Chung/Pia Raanoja (soprano)/ Knut Skram (baritone)/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Clarinet Concerto and Maskarade Overture)
BIS CD-321 (1986)

Sixten Ehrling/Susan Burghardt (soprano)/Ralph Bassett (baritone)/Danish National Orchestra
( + Maskarade Overture)
AUDIOFON CD 72025 (1988)

John Frandsen/ Ruth Gueldbaek (soprano)/Erik Sjöberg (baritone)/Danish State Radio Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
GUILD HISTORICAL GHCD 2340 (2008)
( + Symphony No. 6 and The Mother - Inc. Mus.)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDBP9796 (2009)
(original LP release: PHILIPS NBR6034/EPIC LC-3225) (1956)

Alan Gilbert/Erin Morley (soprano)/Joshua Hopkins (baritone)/New York Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 2)
DACAPO SACD 6.220623 (2012)

Jascha Horenstein/Alexandra Browning (soprano)/ Colin Wheatley (baritone)/BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1970)
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 5)
BBC LEGENDS BBCL 42492 (2009)

François Huybrechts/Felicity Palmer (soprano)/Thomas Allen (baritone)/London Symphony Orchestra
DECCA SXL 6695 (LP) (1975)

Neeme Järvi/Soile Isokoski (soprano)/Jorma Hynninen (baritone)/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
TRIO 4775514 (3 CDs) (2005)
(original CD release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 439776-2) (1993)

Thomas Jensen/Kirsten Hermansen (soprano)/Erik Sjöberg (baritone)/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1959)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4 ,5 and 6)
DANACORD DACOCD 351-3 (3 CDs) (1994)
(original release: DANACORD DACO 121-3 {3 LPs}) (1984)

Theodore Kuchar/Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 (3 CDs) (2006)

Adrian Leaper/anonymous soloists/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No, 2)
NAXOS 8.550825 (1995)

Tor Mann/Maria Ribbing (soprano)/Claes Göran Stenhammar (baritone)/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec.1948)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6, Saga-Dream, Aladdin: Oriental Festival March and Saul and David)
DANACORD DACOCD 6276-30 (4 CDs) (2006)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Solveig Kringelborn (soprano)/ Karl Magnus Fredriksson (baritone)/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN 10271X (3 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 9300) (1994)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
SONY CLASSICAL SK 46500 (1991)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Anna-Kristiina Kaappola (soprano)/Jaakko Kortekangas (baritone)/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
FINLANDIA 39842971422 (2000)

Ole Schmidt/Jill Gomez (soprano)/Brian Rayner Cook (baritone)/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 6)
REGIS RRC 2046 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 326) (1974)

Michael Schønwandt/Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano)/Poul Elming (baritone)
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
NAXOS 8.570738 (2008)
(original CD release: DACAPO 8.224126) (1999)

Eduard Serov/Eva Hess Thaysen (soprano)/ Lars Thodberg-Bertelsen (baritone)/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Maskarade: Suite and Andante Tranquillo e Scherzo)
KONTRAPUNKT 32203 (1995)

Bryden Thomson/Catherine Bott (soprano)/Stephen Roberts (baritone)/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CHANDOS CHAN 9067 (1992)

Erik Tuxen/Inger Lis Hassing (soprano)/Erik Sjöberg (baritone)/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1946)
( + Symphony No. 5 and Saul and David - Preludeto Act II)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDK 1207 (1999)
(original LP release: DECCA LXT 2697/LONDON LLP 100) (1951)
(from DECCA 78s)

Osmo Vänskä/Anu Komsi (soprano)/Christian M. Immler (baritone)/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
BIS CD-1209 (2003)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 20 "Inextinguishable" (1914-6)

Karsten Andersen/Youth Symphony Orchestra
( + Grieg: Piano Concerto)
AURORA ARCD 1924 (1987)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1959)
( + Brahms: Symphony No. 4)
BARBIROLLI SOCIETY SJB1061 (2012)
(original LP release: PYE CCL30164/ VANGUARD EVERYMAN SRV-179SD (LP) (1963/1965)

Sir John Barbirolli/Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1965)
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 3)
BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4223-2 (2007)
(original CD release: CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS 156569188-2) (1996)

Paavo Berglund/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 7701-2 (1988)

Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 2)
SONY BERNSTEIN ROYAL EDITION SMK 47597 (1993)
(original LP release: CBS 72890/COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS M 30293) (1971)

Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6, At the Bier of a Young Artist and Bohemian-Danish Folk Melodies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 500829-2 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5027 {8 LPs}) (1975)

Herbert Blomstedt/NHK Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1988)
( + Symphony No. 3)
KING RECORDS KICC-3014 (2001)

Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, Little Suite and Hymnus Amoris)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 460985-2 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: DECCA 421 524-2) (1988)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonic Rhapsody and Amor and the Poet Overture)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 298 (2001)

Sir Andrew Davis/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5 and Maskarade Overture)
VIRGIN VC 7 91210-2 (1991)

Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
LSO LIVE LSO 0694 (2011)

Gustavo Dudamel/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5, Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 9)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4779449 (3 CDs) (2011)

Sixten Ehrling /Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1975)
(included in collection: "Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra: Recordings 1930-1978")
BIS LP 301-303 (5 LPs) (1985)

Sir Alexander Gibson/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Pan and Syrinx, Rhapsodic Overture, Sibelius: En Saga and The Drayad)
CHANDOS COLLECT CHAN 6524 (1991)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL RL 25226 ) (1979)

Alan Gilbert/New York Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 1)
DACAPO SACD 6.220624 (2014)

Launy Grøndahl/Danish Radio National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDCLP 4001 (1996)
(original LP release: HMV ALP 1010/RCA LHMV 1006) (1952)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
BIS CD-600 (1993)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
TRIO 4775514 (3 CDs) (2005)
(original CD release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 439776-2) (1993)

Thomas Jensen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1952)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
DANACORD DACOCD 351-3 (3 CDs) (1994)
(original release: DANACORD DACO 121-3 {3 LPs}) (1984)

Carlos Kalmar/Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra
(+ Barber: Cello Concerto)
AMATI AMI 2105/1 (2003)

Herbert von Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 413 313-2 (1983)

Theodore Kuchar/Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 (3 CDs) (2006)

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No, 5)
NAXOS 8.550743 (1994)

Tor Mann/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1947/1954)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 6, Saga-Dream, Aladdin: Oriental Festival March and Saul and David)
DANACORD DACOCD 6276-30 (4 CDs) (2006)

Igor Markevitch/Royal Danish Orchestra
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON SLPA 1139185/TURNABOUT TV 340505 (LP) (1966)

Jean Martinon/Chicago Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Helios Overture and The Mother: The Fog is Lifting)
RCA CLASSIC LIBRARY 8287676237-2 (2006)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL RB6720/RCA LSC VICTOR 2958) (1967)

Zubin Mehta/Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy)
DECCA ELOQUENCE 466 904-2 (2002)
(original LP release: DECCA SXL 6633/LONDON CS 6848) (1974)

Sir Yehudi Menuhin/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
SIMAX PSC 1144 (1999)
(original CD release: NORSK IDCD 5/VIRGIN CLASSICS VC 7 91111-2) (1989)

Sakari Oramo/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
BIS SACD-2028 (2014)

Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
( + Pan and Syrinx and Sibelius: Symphony No. 5)
EMI CLASSICS 764737-2 (1993)
(original LP release: EMI EL 270260-1/ANGEL DS-38237) (1984)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN 10271X (3 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 9260) (1994)

Max Rudolf/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
( + Maskarade Overture)
BRUNSWICK SXA 4541/DECCA DL 710127 (LP) (1966 )

Petri Sakari/BBC National Orchestra of Wales
( + Clarinet Concerto)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BBC MM205 (2001)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Helios Overture)
CBS MASTERWORKS MK 42093 (1986)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
FINLANDIA 398421439-2 (1998)

Ulf Schirmer/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Little Suite and Hymnus Amoris)
DECCA 452486-2 (1996)

Ole Schmidt/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
ALTO ALC1236 (2013)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 327) (1974)

Michael Schønwandt/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
NAXOS 8.570739 (2009)
(original CD release: DACAPO 8.224156) (2000)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Pan and Syrinx, Saga-Dream and At the Bier of a Young Artist)
KONTRAPUNKT 32193 (1994)

Bryden Thomson/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
CHANDOS CHAN 9047 (1992)

Osmo Vänskä/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
BIS CD-1209 (2003)

Osmo Vänskä/BBC Symphony Orchestra (rec. 2007)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE MM282CD (non-commercial issue) (2007)

Akeo Watanabe/Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
( + Sibelius: Symphony No.7 and Mozart: Divertimento, K.136)
FONTEC FOCD 9242 (2005)

Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (1921-2)

Paavo Berglund/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Orchestra
HMV ASD 3063 (LP) (1975)

Paavo Berglund/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 7884-2 (1989)

Leonard Bernstein/ New York Philharmonic
( + Symphony No. 3)
SONY BERNSTEIN ROYAL EDITION SMK 47598 (1993)
(original LP release: CBS 72110/COLUMBIA MS-6414) (1963)

Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, At the Bier of a Young Artist and Bohemian-Danish Folk Melodies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 500829-2 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5027 {8 LPs}) (1975)

Herbert Blomstedt/Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
(included in collection: "Herbert Blomstedt - 1998-2005 In Leipzig")
QUERSTAND VKJK 0507 (5 CDs) (2006)

Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6, Little Suite and Hymnus Amoris)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 460985-2 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: DECCA 421 524-2) (1988)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 296 (1999)

Myung-Whun Chung/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
BIS CD-370 (1987)

Sir Andrew Davis/BBC Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Maskarade Overture)
VIRGIN VC 7 91210-2 (1991)

Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
LSO LIVE LSO 0694 (2011)

Gustavo Dudamel/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 9)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4779449 (3 CDs) (2011)

Sir Mark Elder/Hallé Orchestra
( + Flute Concerto and Aladdin: Entrance March)
HALLÉ CDHLL 7502 (2008)

Sir Alexander Gibson/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Helios Overture, Sibelius: Spring Song and Night Ride and Sunrise)
CHANDOS COLLECT CHAN 6533 (1991)
(original LP release: RCA RED SEAL RL 25148) (1978)

Günther Herbig/Berlin Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1966)
( + Mahler: Symphony No. 10 - Adagio)
CORONA CLASSIC COLLECTION 0001282CCC (1997)
(original LP release:ETERNA 820666) (1970s).

Georg Hoeberg/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1933)
( + Symphony No. 2, Maskarade: Dance of the Cockerels, Songs and Choral Works)
DANACORD DACOCD 365-7 (3 CDs) (1996)

Jascha Horenstein/New Philharmonia Orchestra (rec, 1971)
( + Rossini: Semiramide Overture and Mahler: Symphony No.6)
BBC LEGENDS BBCL 4191-2 (2 CDs) (2006)
(original CD release: CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS 15656 9149-2) (1995)

Jascha Horenstein/New Philharmonia Orchestra
( + Saga-Dream)
UNICORN RHS 300/NONESUCH H-71236 (LP) (1969)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
TRIO 4775514 (3 CDs) (2005)
(original CD release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 439777-2) (1993)

Paavo Järvi/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
( + Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring)
TELARC CD-80615 (2004)

Thomas Jensen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Helios Overture, Flute Concerto, Maskarade: Overture, Magdelone’s Dance Scene, Prelude and Dance of the Cockerels and Schultz: Serenade for Strings)
DECCA ELOQUENCE 4801858 (2 CDs) (2011)
(original LP release: DECCA LXT 2980/LONDON LL 1143) (1954)

Paul Kletzki/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
DECCA SXL 6491/LONDON CS 6699 (LP) (1971)

Kirill Kondrashin/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (rec. 1980)
( + Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6)
PHILIPS 438283-2 (1993)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 412 069-1) (1984)

Rafael Kubelik/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1983)
( + Violin Concerto, Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto and Wind Quintet)
EMI 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS 206882-2 (2008)
(original LP release: HMV EL 270352-1/ANGEL DS-38310) (1986)

Theodore Kuchar/Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 (3 CDs) (2006)

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.550743 (1994)

Sakari Oramo/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
BIS SACD-2028 (2014)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN 10271X (3 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 9367) (1995)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Maskarade: Suite)
CBS MASTERWORKS MK 44547 (1988)
(original LP release: CBS MASTERWORKS IM 42093) (1986)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
FINLANDIA 398421439-2 (1998)

Ole Schmidt/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
ALTO ALC1236 (2013)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 328) (1974)

Michael Schønwandt/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
NAXOS 8.570739 (2009)
(original CD release: DACAPO 8.224156) (2000)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonic Rhapsody and Bohemian-Danish Folk Melodies)
KONTRAPUNKT 321171 (1993)

Thomas Søndergård/BBC National Orchestra Of Wales
( + Sibelius: Symphony No. 5)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE BBCMM 360 (2013)

Bryden Thomson/ BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1981)
( + Symphony No. 2 and and Symphonic Rhapsody)
CARLTON BBC RADIO CLASSICS 15656 9149-2 (1995)

Bryden Thomson/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 9067 (1992)

Eric Tuxen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1950)
( + Symphony No. 3 and Saul and David - Preludeto Act II)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDK 1207 (1999)
(original LP release: HMV TREASURY EM290444-3 {2 LPs}) (1985)
(from HMV 78s)

Erik Tuxen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1950)
( + Symphony No. 3)
GUILD CD GHCD 2340 (2008)
(original LP release: DANACORD DACO 121-3 {3 LPs}) (1984)

Erik Tuxen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1955)
( +Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
DANACORD DACOCD 351-353 (3 CDs) (1994)

Osmo Vänskä/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
BIS CD-1289 (2003)

Akeo Watanabe/Japan Philharmonic (rec. 1967)
(included in collection: "Complete Works of Watanabe Akeo and Japan Philharmonic")
JAPAN PHILHARMONIC JPFO-0001 (26 CDs)

Symphony No. 6, Op. 116 "Sinfonia Semplice" (1924-5)

Paavo Berglund/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
RCA VICTOR RED SEAL 60427-2 (1988)

Herbert Blomstedt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, At the Bier of a Young Artist and Bohemian-Danish Folk Melodies)
EMI CLASSICS TRIPLE 500829-2 (3 CDs) (2007)
(original release: HMV SLS 5027 {8 LPs}) (1975)

Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5, Little Suite and Hymnus Amoris)
DECCA DOUBLE DECCA 460985-2 (2 CDs) (1999)
(original CD release: DECCA 425607-2) (1989)

Douglas Bostock/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 299 (2002)

Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
LSO LIVE LSO 0715 (2012)

Jascha Horenstein/Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1970)
(included in collection: "Jascha Horenstein: The Complete Paris concert of 22 November 1956 with Marian Anderson and Live Performances of Works by Beethoven and Nielsen")
MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMS OF AMERICA CD-784 (2 CDs) (1993)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
TRIO 4775514 (3 CDs) (2005)
(original CD release: DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 439777-2) (1993)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No.4)
BIS CD-600 (1993)

Thomas Jensen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1952)
( + Symphony No. 3 and The Mother - Inc. Mus.)
DUTTON LABORATORIES CDBP9796 (2009)
(original LP release: TONO LPX 350004/MERCURY MG 10137) (c. 1953)

Thomas Jensen/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1952)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
DANACORD DACOCD 351-3 (3 CDs) (1994)
(original release: DANACORD DACO 121-3 {3 LPs}) (1984)

Theodore Kuchar/Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 92885 (3 CDs) (2006)

Siegfried Landau/Music for Westchester Symphony Orchestra
( + Sibelius: Humoresques for Violin and Orchestra)
TURNABOUT TV 34182S (LP) (1968)

Adrian Leaper/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
( + Symphony No, 1)
NAXOS 8.550826 (1995)

Tor Mann/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1949)
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, Saga-Dream, Aladdin: Oriental Festival March and Saul and David)
DANACORD DACOCD 6276-30 (4 CDs) (2006)

Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Maskarade: Overture and Prelude to Act II)
SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS 63040 (1997)
(original LP release: CBS 72456/COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS MS-6882) (1966)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
CHANDOS CLASSICS CHAN 10271X (3 CDs) (2004)
(original CD release: CHANDOS CHAN 9367) (1995)

Esa-Pekka Salonen/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
SONY CLASSICAL SK 46500 (1991)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
FINLANDIA 39842971422 (2000)

Ole Schmidt/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3)
REGIS RRC 2046 (2 CDs) (2004)
(original LP release: UNICORN RHS 329) (1974)

Michael Schønwandt/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
NAXOS 8.570737 (2008)
(original CD release: DACAPO 8.224169) (2001)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Rhapsodic Overture, The Mother: Selections and Willemoes: Prelude)
KONTRAPUNKT 32210 (1995)

Leopold Stokowski/New Philharmonia Orchestra (rec. 1965)
( + Gabrielli: Sacrae Symphoniae No. 6, Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra and Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1)
BBC LEGENDS BBCL 40592 (2001)

Bryden Thomson/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CHANDOS CHAN 9047 (1992)

Osmo Vänskä/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
BIS CD-1079 (2002)

Akeo Watanabe/Japan Philharmonic (rec. 1967)
(included in collection: "Complete Works of Watanabe Akeo and Japan Philharmonic")
JAPAN PHILHARMONIC JPFO-0001 (26 CDs)

 

LUDOLF NIELSEN
(1876-1939), DENMARK

Born in Nørre Tvede, Lolland. He learned the violin as a child and received his formal musical training at the Danish Royal Academy of Music where his teachers included Otto Malling and J.P.E. Hartmann for composition. He was active as a violinst, conductor and teacher and spent has latter years as a programmer for the Danish National Radio. In addition to his Symphonies, he composed, operas, music for radio plays, orchestral, chamber, and solo instrumental and vocal music. He composed no other large pieces for orchestra.

Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 3 (1902-3)

Frank Cramer/Danish Philharmonic Orchestra (South Jutland Symphony Orchestra)
( + From the Mountains)
NAXOS 8.554953 (2007)
(original CD release: DACAPO 8.224047) (1997)


Symphony No. 2 in E major, Op. 19 "Symphony of Joy" (1907-9)

Frank Cramer/South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
( + Concert Overture and Romance for Violin and Orchestra)
DACAPO 8.224092 (1998)

Ole Schmidt/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Berceuse and Lyric Nocturne)
CPO 999 356-2 (1886)


Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op, 22 (1913)

Frank Cramer/Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
( + Hjortholm)
DACAPO 8.224098 (1999)

 

SVEND NIELSEN
(b. 1937), DENMARK

Svend Nielsen was a pupil of Vagn Holmboe and Finn Høffding at the Danish Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and also had advanced studies with Per Nørgård. He has taught music theory for more than 30 years at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus. He has composed a chamber opera as well as music for orchestra, chamber groups, piano and voice. His orchestral output also includes a Symphony (1978), Violin Concerto and Viola Concertino, Violin Concerto and "Metamorphosen" for 23 Strings.

Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Chamber Orchestra (1994)

Elgar Howarth/Jens Lund Madsen (cello)/Aarhus Sinfonietta
( + Carillons and Nightfall)
DACAPO 8.224078 (1998)

 

PER NØRGÅRD
(b. 1936), DENMARK

Born in Gentofte, a suburb of Copenhagen. He studied with Vagn Holmboe at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and subsequently with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He has composed works in all major genres: operas, ballets, seven symphonies and other orchestral works including concertos, choral and vocal works, an enormous number of chamber works (including 10 string quartets), solo instrumental works and film scores. Besides the Symphonies, some of his important orchestral works are: "Voyage into the Golden Screen," "Helle Nacht" (Violin Concerto), Concerto for Strings, Metamorfosi for Strings, Luna and Twilight. He is considered to be the leading Danish composer into the 21st century.

Symphony No, 1, Op. 13 "Sinfonia Austera" (1954)

Lamberto Gardelli/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Schumann: Symphony No. 4, Verdi: I Vespri Sicilian Overture and Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1)
EMI (Denmark) 2705283 (2 LPs) (1986)

Sakari Oromu/Vienna PhilharmonicOrchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
DACAPO 6.220574 (2014)

Leif Segerstam/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 9450 (1996)


Symphony No. 2 (1970-1)

Jorma Panula/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
POINT PCD 5070 (1987)

Leif Segerstam/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
CHANDOS CHAN 9450 (1996)

Symphony No. 3 for Two Choruses and Orchestra (1972-75)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Vocal Ensemble/Danish National Chorus/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
DACAPO 6220547 (2009)

Leif Segerstam/Danish National Radio Choir/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Concerto in Due Tempi)
CHANDOS CHAN 9491 (1997)

Tamás Vetö/ Danish National Radio Choir/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Luna and Twilight)
DACAPO 8.224041 (1996)
(original LP release: EMI/DANISH MUSIC ANTHOLOGY D.M.A. 077) (1984)


Symphony No. 4 "Indian Rose Garden and Chinese Witch's Lake" (1980-1)

Jorma Panula/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
POINT PCD 5070 (1987)

Leif Segerstam /Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
CHANDOS CHAN 9533 (1997)


Symphony No. 5 (1986-90)

Leif Segerstam /Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
CHANDOS CHAN 9533 (1997)

Symphony No. 6 "At the End of the Day" (1998-9)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Terrains Vagues)
CHANDOS CHAN 9904 (2002)


Symphony No. 7 (2004-2006)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
DACAPO 6220547 (2009)

Symphony No. 8 (2011)

Sakari Oromu/Vienna PhilharmonicOrchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
DACAPO 6.220574 (2014)


IB NØRHOLM
(b. 1931), DENMARK

Born in Søborg, Copenhagen. At Copenhagen's Royal Danish Academy of Music where he later became a professor, he studied theory with Vagn Holmboe andform and analysis with Niels Viggo Bentzon and Finn Høffding. He graduated with degrees as an organist and music teacher and went on to practice both professions as well as that of music critic. He has composed prolifically, producing operas as well as many works for orchestra, chamber groups, solo piano and organ and voice. His orchestral catalogue also includes Symphony No. 10, Op. 147 " Towards the "Horizon" (1998) and Concertos for Violin, Viola and Cello.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 10 (1958)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
KONTRAPUNKT 32132 (1992)


Symphony No. 2 for Narrator and Orchestra, Op. 50 "Isola Bella" (1968-71)

Edward Serov/ Anders Nyborg (narrator)/Odense Symphony Orchestra
KONTRAPUNKT 32182 (1994)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 57 (1973)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
KONTRAPUNKT 32132 (1992)


Symphony No. 4 for Soloists, Narrator, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 76 "Decreation"
(1976-8)

Eduard Serov/Nina Pavlovski (soprano)/Stefan Dahlberg (tenor)/Per Høyer (bass)/ Ib Nørholm (narrator)/ Danish National Radio Choir/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
KONTRAPUNKT 32212 (1995)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 80 "The Elements" (1980)

Jan Latham-Koenig/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonic Fantasy and The Shadow: Suite)
KONTRAPUNKT 32005 (1987)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
KONTRAPUNKT 32212 (1995)


Symphony No. 6 for Baritone, Soprano, Two Narrators and Orchestra, Op. 85 (1981)

Edward Serov/Per Høyer (baritone)/Majken Bjerno (soprano)/ Uffe Henriksen and Ulla Seel/(narrators)/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
KONTRAPUNKT 32162 (1993)


Symphony No. 7, Op. 88 "Ecliptic Instincts" (1982)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 9)
KONTRAPUNKT 32112 (1992)


Symphony No. 8 for Baritone and Orchestra, Op. 114 (1989-90)

Edward Serov/Per Høyer (baritone)/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
KONTRAPUNKT 32162 (1993)


Symphony No. 9, Op. 116 "The Sun Garden in Three Shades of Lights" (1990)

Eduard Serov/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
KONTRAPUNKT 32112 (1992)

 

LUDVIG NORMAN
(1831-1885), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He began his musical training with Adolf Lindblad and later studied composition at the Leipzig Conservatory with Ignaz Moscheles, Moritz Hauptmann and Julius Rietz and also met Robert Schumann. He taught at the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm and became the conductor of the Nya Harmoniska Sällskapet and became the Kapellmeister at the Royal Swedish Opera. In addition to his Symphonies he composed several smaller works for orchestra, chamber music and works for solo instruments.

Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 22 (1858)

Mika Eichenholz/National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa
( + Symphony No. 3)
STERLING CDS-1038-2 (2000)


Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 40 (1871)

Hans-Peter Frank/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Antony and Cleopatra Overture, Concert Overture and Andante Sostenuto e Cantabile)
MUSICA SVECIAE MSCD 512 (1989)


Symphony No. 3 in D minor, Op. 58 (1881)

Mika Eichenholz/National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa
( + Symphony No. 1)
STERLING CDS-1038-2 (2006)

 

KNUT NYSTEDT
(b. 1915), NORWAY

Born in Christiania (now Oslo). He attended the Oslo Conservatory where he studied organ with Arild Sandvold, conducting with Øivin Fjeldstad and composition with Per Steenburg and Bjarne Brustad. He had additional composition training with Aaron Copland in New York. He worked as an organist, choral conductor and teacher of choral conducting at the Oslo Conservatory. He has composed for the stage as well as orchestral, chamber and, especially, choral music. Some of his other major orchestral works are a Symphony, Op. 13 (1942-43), Concerto Grosso, "The Land of Suspense," "The Seven Seals" and a Horn Concerto.

Apocalypsis Joannis, Symphony for Soprano, Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 155 (1998)

Arild Remmereit/Mona Julsrud (soprano)/James Gilchrist (tenor)/Oslo Philharmonic Chorus/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
SIMAX PSC 1241 (2 CDs) (2003)


Symphony for Strings, op. 26 (1950)

Timur Mynbayev/Minsk Chamber Orchestra
( + Concertino for Clarinetto, English Horn and Strings and Concerto Grosso for Three Trumpets and Strings)
HEMERA HCD 2902 (1992)


Sinfonia del Mare, Op. 97 (1983)

Karsten Andersen/Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elverum
( + The Burnt Sacrifice, O Crux, Shells, De Profundis, Resurrexit and Suoni)
AURORA NCD-B 4950 (1988)
(original LP release: PRO MUSICA PP 9006) (1983)

 

GÖSTA NYSTROEM
(1890-1966), SWEDEN

Born in Silvberg, Dalarna County. After initial musical training from his father, he studied at the Stockholm Conservatory and then studied composition privately with Andreas Hallén. His education continued in Copenhagen, Berlin and ultimately Paris where he was a pupil of Vincent d'Indy, Leonid Sabanjev for composition and instrumentation and conducting with Camille Chevillard. In addition to his work as a composer he was also a music critic on the newspaper in Gothenburg. He composed in various genres including a radio opera, ballet, incidental music for plays as well as orchestral, chamber music and songs. Besides his Symphonies, his orchestral output also includes a Violin Concerto, Viola Concerto, Concerto Ricercante for Piano and Orchestra, 2 Concertos for Strings and the symphonic poems "Arctic Ocean" and "Tower of Babel."

Symphony No. 1 "Sinfonia Breve" (1931)

Sixten Ehrling/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5 and Ishavet)
CAPRICE CAP 21332 (1989)
(original LP release: CAPRICE CAP 1116) (1975)

Christoph König/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
BIS CD-1682 (2011)


Symphony No. 2 "Sinfonia Espressiva" (1932-5)

Sixten Ehrling/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Alfvén: Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 and Festspel)
LYSSNA 7 (LP) (1974)

Paavo Järvi/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
BIS CD-782 (1997)

Tor Mann/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1950)
(included in collection: "Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, 75 years - 1914-1989")
BIS CD-421-4 (4 CDs) (1988)

Symphony No. 3 for Soprano and Orchestra "Sinfonia del Mare" (1947-8)

Christoph König/Malena Ernman (mezzo)/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
BIS CD-1682 (2011)

Tor Mann/Ingrid Eksell (soprano)/Swedish Radio Orchestra
DIAL 11/METRONOME CLP 504 (LP) (c. 1950)

Evgeny Svetlanov/Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo)/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + The Tempest: Prelude and Songs by the Sea)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 709 (2001)

Stig Westerberg/ Elisabeth Söderström (soprano)/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonia Concertante)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1015 (1987)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33207) (1971)


Symphony No. 4 "Sinfonia Shakespeariana" (1952)

B. Tommy Andersson/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
BIS CD-1082 (2004)


Symphony No. 5 "Sinfonia Seria" (1963)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5 and Ishavet)
CAPRICE CAP 21332 (1989)

Paavo Järvi/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
BIS CD-782 (1997)


Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Tramontana" (1965)

B. Tommy Andersson/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
BIS CD-1082 (2004)


Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra (1944, rev. 1952)

Issay Dobrowen/Guido Vecchi (cello)/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (orig. version) (rec. 1949)
(included in collection: "Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra: Recordings 1930-1978")
BIS LP 301-303 (5 LPs) (1985)

Paavo Järvi/Niels Ullner (cello)/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Viola Concerto and Ishavet)
BIS CD-682 (1994)

Goran W. Nilson/Eleme´r Lavotha (cello)/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Carlid: Mass for Strings)
CAPRICE CAP 1272 (LP) (1985)

Stig Westerberg/Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (cello)/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1015 (1987)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33136) (1959)

 

PER AUGUST ÖLANDER
(1824-1886), SWEDEN

Born in Linköping, Östergötland County. He studied at Uppsala University. He was a largely self-taught in composition and while he worked as a music critic and violinist he made his living as a civil servant as a custom's officer. As far as is known, he composed very little beyond his Symphony besides an opera, an operetta, a mass and some chamber music.

Symphony in E flat major (c. 1868)

Harry Damgaard /Västerås Symphony Orchestra
( + Lindblad: Symphony in No. 2)
STERLING CDS-1005-2 (1996)
(original LP release: STERLING S-1005) (1978)

 

OLE OLSEN
(1850-1927), NORWAY

Born in Hammerfest, Finnmark County. As a child he learned the piano, violin and pipe organ and began composing. In Trondheim he studied composition and the organ with Fredrick and Just Lindeman and later studied at the Leipzig Conservatory under Oskar Paul. In 1874 he became a teacher in Christiania (now Oslo) and settled there permanently where he became the conductor of various orchestras. He composed several operas, choral, orchestral and instrumental works. He was famous for his large number of military marches in the national tradition.

Symphony in G major, Op. 5 (1878)

Christian Lindberg/Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra (Nordnorsk Symphony Orchestra
( + Asgaardsreien and Trombone Concerto)
BIS SACD-1968 (2011)

Terje Mikkelsen/Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
( + Asgaardsreien and Suite for String Orchestra)
STERLING CDS 1086-2 (2010)

 

OTTO OLSSON
(1879-1964), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He had piano and organ lessons from Albert Lindström and then continued his studies at the Stockholm Conservatory with August Lagergren for organ, Oscar Bolander for piano and Joseph Dente for theory and composition. He graduated as music teacher and organist and joined the staff of this school and also worked as a church organist. He achieved great fame as an organist. As a composer he naturally wrote a lot for his own instrument (including 2 Organ Symphonies) but he also produced a Te Deum and other choral works as well as chamber music, piano pieces and songs.

Symphony in G minor, Op. 11 (1901-2)

Mats Liljefors /Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
STERLING CDS-1020-2 (1997)

 

ANNE-MARIE ØRBECK
(1911-1996), NORWAY

Born in Christiania (now Oslo). She studied piano in Oslo with Agnes Hansen and with Sandra Droucker in Berlin where she also studied composition with Mark Lothar and Paul Höffer. Later on in Paris she had further instruction from Nadia Boulanger, Hanns Jelinek and Darius Milhaud. Her Symphony, the only one written thus far by a female Norwegian composer, was her only extended work (except for a Piano Concertino) with the rest of her catalogue consisting of a few orchestral miniatures, songs and short instrumental pieces.

Symphony in D major (1945)

Per Dreier/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Songs)
AURORA ACD 4925 (1990)

 

MOSES PERGAMENT
(1893-1977), (FINLAND)/SWEDEN

Born in Helsinki. He settled in Sweden in 1915 and studied at the University of Helsinki, and was taught the violin at the St Petersburg Conservatory and opera conducting at Sternsches Musik konservatorium in Berlin. He worked as a music critic for over 40 years for several Swedish newspapers and founded and directed the Orchestra of the Jewish Music Society in Stockholm. He composed prolifically in most genres including opera and film scores. For orchestra, he wrote a Concerto Romantico for Strings, Rapsodia Ebraica, Swedish Rhapsody, Dybbuk Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Concertos for 2 Violins, Viola and Cello and much else.

Den Judiska Sången (The Jewish Song), Choral Symphony for Soprano, Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra (1944)

James de Preist/Birgit Nordin (soprano)/Sven-Olof Eliasson (tenor)/Musikaliskas Sällskapet Chorus/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
CAPRICE CAP 2003 (2 LPs) (1976)

 

WILHELM PETERSON-BERGER
(1867-1942), SWEDEN

Born in Ullånger, Västernorrland County. He studied music privately with Oscar Bolander in Stockholm and then entered the Stockholm Conservatory where he studied organ and composition and took counterpoint with Joseph Dente. After graduating as an organist he went to Dresden where he studied the piano and composition with Edmund Kretschmer. He taught music in Umeå and then music theory harmony, ensemble playing and the piano in Dresden. For the rest of his musical career he was a formidable music critic as well as a composer. Most of Peterson-Berger's orchestral works are now recorded, but he is primarily remembered and quite famous as a composer of songs and piano pieces. He also wrote operas and choral works.

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major "Baneret" (1903, rev. 1933)

Michail Jurovski/Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Suite "Last Summer")
CPO 999 561-2 (1998)

Leif Segerstam/Kungliga Hovkapellet
( + Symphony No. 5)
STERLING CDS-1006-2 (1997)


Symphony No. 2 in E flat major "Sunnanfärd" (1910)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Oriental Dance, Sveagaldrar: Prelude and Romance for Violin and Orchestra)
CPO 999 564-2 (1998)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 95 (1996)
(original LP release: HMV (Sweden) 061-35455) (1977)


Symphony No. 3 in F minor "Same-Ätnam" (1913-5)

Sten Frykberg /Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1954)
SVERIGES RADIO SR RELP 5001 (LP) (1963)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Earina Suite for Orchestra and Doomsday Prophets: Chorale & Fugue)
CPO 999 632-2 (2000)
Siegfried Kohler/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Romance for Violin and Orchestra and Gullebarns Vaggsanger)
MUSICA SVECIAE MSCD 630 (1992)


Symphony No. 4 in A major "Holmia" (1928)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Törnrorossagan Suite and Frösöblomster: Suite No. 1)
CPO 999 669-2 (2001)


Symphony No. 5 in B minor "Solitudo" (1932-3)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
CPO 999 984-2 (2005)

Leif Segerstam/Kungliga Hovkapellet
( + Symphony No. 1)
STERLING CDS-1006-2 (1997)

 

ALLAN PETTERSSON
(1911-1980), SWEDEN

Born in Västra Ryd, Uppland. He studied at the Stockholm Conservatory where his teachers were Julius Ruthström (violin), Axel Runnquist and Frowald Erdtel (viola), Gustav Nordqvist (harmony), Henrik Melcher Melchers (counterpoint) and Charles Barkel and Olallo Morales (chamber music). He won a Jenny Lind Fellowship in 1939. His studies continued in Paris with Maurice Vieux and then back home in Stockholm for composition with Otto Olsson (fugue and counterpoint), Karl-Birger Blomdahl and Tor Mann (orchestration). His studies were completed in Paris with Arthur Honegger and Rene Leibowitz. He worked as a viola player in the Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra for more than a decade but then spent the rest of his life as a composer. After many years of almost total neglect, his music became well known in Sweden and, to some extent, worldwide. Most of his compositions were for orchestra but he wrote chamber music and songs as well. His major works have all been recorded. His Symphony No. 1 (1950-1) was withdrawn but its remaining parts are scheduled for performance (see below) and his Symphony No. 17 (1980) was not completed.

Symphony No. 1 (1951, unfinished, performance edition by Christian Lindberg, 2010)

Christian Lindberg/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
BIS CD-1860 (2011)

Symphony No. 2 (1952-3)

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonic Movement)
CPO 999 281-2 (1991)

Christian Lindberg/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
BIS CD-1860 (2011)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Mesto for String Orchestra)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1012 (1987)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33219/DECCA SXL 6265) (1966)

Symphony No. 3 (1955)

Alun Francis/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
( + Symphony No. 4)
CPO 999 223-2 (1994)

Leif Segerstam/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 15)
BIS CD-680 (1995)

Symphony No. 4 (1959)

Sergiu Comissiona/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1970)
(included in collection: "Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra: Recordings 1930-1978")
BIS LP 301-303 (5 LPs) (1985)

Alun Francis/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
( + Symphony No. 4)
CPO 999 223-2 (1994)


Symphony No. 5 (1960-2)

Moshe Atzmon/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Viola Concerto)
BIS CD-480 (1990)

Alun Francis/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
( + Symphony No. 16)
CPO 999 284-2 (1996)

Andreas Peer Kähler/Berlin Sibelius Orchestra
BLUEBELL ABCD 015 (1986)


Symphony No. 6 (1963-6)

Okko Kamu/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
CBS 76553 (LP) (1976)

Christian Lindberg/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
BIS SACD-1980 (2012)

Manfred Trojahn/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
CPO 999 124-2 (1993)


Symphony No. 7 (1966-7)

Gerd Albrecht/Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
CPO 999 190-2 (1992)

Sergiu Comissiona/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Mozart: Bassoon Concerto)
CAPRICE CAP 21411 (1994)

Antal Dorati/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 16)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1002 (1994)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33194/DECCA SXL 6538) (1970)

Leif Segerstam/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 11)
BIS CD-580 (1992)


Symphony No. 8 (1963-6)

Gerd Albrecht/Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
ORFEO C 377 941 A (1994)

Sergiu Comissiona/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
POLAR POLS 289/DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 2531 176 (LP) (1980)

Thomas Sanderling/Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
CPO 999 085-2 (1992)

Leif Segerstam/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 10)
BIS CD-880 (1998)

Symphony No. 9 (1970-2)

Sergiu Comissiona/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
PHILIPS 6767 951 (2 LPs) (1978)

Alun Francis/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
CPO 999 231-2 (1994)

Christian Lindberg/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
BIS SACD-2038 (2014)


Symphony No. 10 (1970-2)

Antal Dorati/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Blomdahl: Symphony No. 2)
HMV (Sweden) 061-35142 (LP) (1975)

Alun Francis/North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 11)
CPO 999 285-2 (1997)

Leif Segerstam/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 8)
BIS CD-880 (1998)


Symphony No. 11 (1974)

Alun Francis/North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 11)
CPO 999 285-2 (1997)

Leif Segerstam/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
BIS CD-580 (1992)


Symphony No. 12 for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra "De Döda på Torget" (1974)

Manfred Honeck/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
CPO 777 146-2 (2006)

Carl Rune Larsson/Stockholm Philharmonic Choir/Uppsala University Chamber Choir/ Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Concerto No. 1 for Strings)
CAPRICE CAP 21369 (1988)
(original LP release: CAPRICE CAP 1127) (1978)


Symphony No. 13 (1976)

Alun Francis/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
CPO 999 224-2 (1993)


Symphony No. 14 (1976)

Johan Arnell/Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
CPO 999 191-2 (1992)

Sergiu Comissiona/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
PHONO SUECIA PS CD 12 (1986)
(original LP release: PHONO SUECIA PS 12) (1982)


Symphony No. 15 (1978)

Peter Ruzicka/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
( + Ruzicka: Das Gesegnete, das Verfluchte)
CPO 999 095-2 (2006)

Leif Segerstam/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
BIS CD-680 (1995)


Symphony No. 16 for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (1979)

Yuri Ahronovich/Frederick L. Hemke (saxophone)/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1002 (1994)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33270) (1984)

Alun Francis/John Edward Kelly (saxophone)/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
( + Symphony No. 16)
CPO 999 284-2 (1996)



HANS-ERIK PHILIP
(b. 1943) DENMARK


Coming from a background in jazz, Philip has been a productive composer of film scores and has also written some concert works.

Symphony for Choir and Orchestra and Soloists (c. 2000)

Béla Drahos/Mónika Juhász Miczura (soprano)/Budapest Symphony Chorus/Budapest SymphonyOrchestra
( + And other dreams and Tusindfryd)
DANICA DCD 8221 (2002)

TURE RANGSTRÖM
(1884-1947), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm. He briefly studied counterpoint and composition with Johan Lindegren in Stockholm before going to Berlin to study composition with Hans Pfitzner and singing with Julius Hey. He worked as a music critic various and also as a singing teacher and was one of the founders of the Society of Swedish Composers. In addition, he was active as a conductor and became Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Orchestral Society. He composed operas, orchestral, chamber music, solo piano pieces and numerous songs. His other orchestral works include the suites "Divertimento Elegiaco," "Intermezzo Drammatico" and "Vauxhall" as well as a number of shorter works.

Symphony No. 1 in C sharp minor "August Strindberg In Memoriam" (1914)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, and 4, Dityramb, Varhymn and Intermezzo Drammatico)
CPO 999 748-2 (3 CDs) (2000)
(original CD release: CPO 999 367-2) (1995)

Tor Mann/Stockholm Stockholm Concert Orchestra
DECCA LXT 2665/LONDON LLP-514 (LP) (1952)

Leif Segerstam/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
STERLING CDS-1014-2 (1994)
(original LP release: HMV (Sweden) 061-35712) (1979)


Symphony No. 2 in D minor "Mitt Land" (1919)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, and 4, Dityramb, Varhymn and Intermezzo Drammatico)
CPO 999 748-2 (3 CDs) (2000)
(original CD release: CPO 999 368-2) (1996)

Leif Segerstam/Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
HMV (Sweden) 061-35921 (LP) (1982)


Symphony No. 3 in D flat major "Sång under Stjärnorna" (1929)

Janos Fürst/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
STERLING CDS-1014-2 (1994)
(original LP release: HMV (Sweden) 061-35774) (1980)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, and 4, Dityramb, Varhymn and Intermezzo Drammatico)
CPO 999 748-2 (3 CDs) (2000)
(original CD release: CPO 999 369-2) (1996)


Symphony No. 4 in D minor "Invocatio" (1936)

Yuri Ahronovitch/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Vauxhall Suite)
CAPRICE CAP 21195 (1986)

Michail Jurovski/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, and 3, Dityramb, Varhymn and Intermezzo Drammatico)
CPO 999 748-2 (3 CDs) (2000)
(original CD release: CPO 999 369-2) (1996)

 

KARL AAGE RASMUSSEN
(b. 1947), DENMARK

Born in Kolding, Jutland. He was educated at the Aarhus Academy of Music where he studied music history, theory and composition with Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen as principal teachers. He later joined the staff of this school and later taught at Copenhagen's Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. In addition, he founded a chamber orchestra and a piano theater and was also a prolific essayist on musical subjects. He composed operas, orchestral and chamber music in addition to other genres. Some of his other major works are Symphony for Young Lovers (1967), Symphonie Classique (1969), Symphony Anfang und Ende (1973) and Double Concerto for Harp, Guitar and Orchestra.

Symphony in Time (1982)

Leif Segerstam/Danish Radio Symhony Orchestra
( + Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Symphony-Antiphony)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9010 (1995)

 

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN
(b. 1961), DENMARK (FAROE ISLANDS)

Born in Sandur, Faroe Islands. He first studied in Norway, then returned to Tórshavn in the Faroes as music teacher and jazz pianist. His studies resumed at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen where he took composition classes with Ib Nørholm and electronic music with Ivar Frounberg. His compositions encompass many genres and styles from traditional to highly advanced forms. Some other works for orchestra are "Vox Humana," "Grave - In memoriam Karsten Hoydal" and "Prelude to an Orchestra."

Symphony No. 1 "Oceanic Days" (1995-97)

Hannu Lintu/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Saxophone Concerto)
DACAPO 6.220506 (2005)

 

KNUDÅGE RIISAGER
(1897-1974)

Born in in Kunda, Estonia to Danish parents. He studied composition in Copenhagen with Otto Malling and Peder Gram and piano with Peder Moller. He pursued further musical studies with Albert Roussel and Paul Le Flem in Paris and Hermann Grabner in Leipzig. He held administrative posts with several Danish composer's organizations. He composed a vast amont of music ranging from operas and ballets to works for solo voices and instruments.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 8 (1925)

Bo Holten/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Overture for Erasmus Montanus, Klods Hans, Comoedie and Shrovetide)
DA CAPO 8.226146 (2011)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 14 (1927)

Bo Holten/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3, Concerto for Orchestra, T-DOXC and Primavera Overture)
DA CAPO 8.226147 (2013)

Symphony No. 3, Op. 30 "Sinfonia" (1935)

Bo Holten/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Concerto for Orchestra, T-DOXC and Primavera Overture)
DA CAPO 8.226147 (2013)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 38 "Sinfonia Gaia" (1940)

Bo Holten/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5, Sinfonia Concertante and Summer Rhapsody)
DACAPO 8.226148 (2014)

Symphony No. 5 for Strings and Timpani, Op. 52 "Sinfonia Serena" (1949-50)

Bo Holten/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Sinfonia Concertante and Summer Rhapsody)
DACAPO 8.226148 (2014)

Sinfonia Concertante per Strumenti ad Arco, Op. 34 (1937)

Bo Holten/Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 and Summer Rhapsody)
DACAPO 8.226148 (2014)


HILDING ROSENBERG
(1892-1985), SWEDEN

Born in Bosjökloster, Skåne County. In Kalmar, he graduated as an organist and then worked as a concert pianist, music teacher and church musician. He continued his studies at the Stockholm Conservatory where he was taught the piano by Richard Andersson and composition and counterpoint by Ernst Ellberg and also studied conducting. He later studied counterpoint and composition with Wilhelm Stenhammar and conducting with Hermann Scherchen. He worked as a conductor, was Director of Music at the Royal Opera and then became a highly esteemed teacher as well as the foremost Swedish composer of his generation. His compositional catalogue is vast and includes every genre from opera to solo piano pieces and songs. For orchestra there are also the unrecorded numbered Symphonies Nos. 1, Op. 5 (1917, rev. 1971) and 7 (1968), Symphony for Winds and Percussion (1966) and Sinfonia da Chiesa Nos. 1 (1923, rev. 1950) and 2 (1924) and Concertos for Orchestra, String Orchestra and various solo instruments.

Symphony No. 2, Op. 62 "Sinfonia Grave" (1928-35)

Herbert Blomstedt/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Overture to The Marionettes and Louisville Concerto)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1026 (1988)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33160/TURNABOUT TVS-34436 (LP) (1964)


Symphony No. 3 "De Fyra Tidsåldrarna" (The Four Ages of Man) (1939, rev. 1952 - without title)

Herbert Blomstedt/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 100 (1997)
(original LP release: HMV (Sweden) SCLP 1071) (1967)

Sir Andrew Davis/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Louisville Concerto and Orpheus on the Town: Ballet Suite)
FINLANDIA 398429719-2 (2001)

Tor Mann/Stockholm Concert Orchestra
DECCA LXT 2885/LONDON LL-944 (LP) (C. 1955)

Hilding Rosenberg/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1939)
( + Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5, Sinfonia Concertante, Orpheus on the Town: Ballet Suite, Den Heliga Natten, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Suite for Violin and Piano)
CAPRICE CAP 21510 (3 CDs) (1993)

Mario Venzago/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
BIS CD-1383 (2010)


Symphony No. 4 "Johannes Uppenbarelse" (The Revelation of St. John) for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (1940)

Herbert Blomstedt/Erik Saedén (baritone)/Oratoriekören/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
HMV (Sweden) SCLP 1059-60 (2 LPs) (1967)

Sixten Ehrling/Håkan Hagegård (baritone)/ Swedish Radio Choir/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
CAPRICE CAP 21429 (1992)

Sixten Ehrling/Kurt Widmer (baritone)Luzerner Festwochenchor/Philharmonia Hungarica
SCHWANN MUSICA SACRA AMS 4518-9 (2 LPs) (1978)

Hilding Rosenberg/Anders de Wahl (bariton)/Swedish Radio Chorus/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (incomplete, rec. 1940)
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5, Sinfonia Concertante, Orpheus on the Town: Ballet Suite, Den Heliga Natten, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Suite for Violin and Piano)
CAPRICE CAP 21510 (3 CDs) (1993)


Symphony No. 5 for Alto, Chorus and Orchestra "Hortulanus" (The Keeper of the Garden) (1944)

Hilding Rosenberg/Lori Lail(alto)/Swedish Radio Chorus/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
(rec. 1944)
( + Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5, Sinfonia Concertante, Orpheus on the Town: Ballet Suite, Den Heliga Natten, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Suite for Violin and Piano)
CAPRICE CAP 21510 (3 CDs) (1993)


Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice" (1951)

Mario Venzago/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
BIS CD-1383 (2010)

Stig Westerberg/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 100 (1997)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL/TELEFUNKEN SLT 43053) (1960)


Symphony No. 8 "Sinfonia Serena" (revised from original Symphony No. 8 "In Candidum" for Chorus and Orchestra) (1974/1980)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto No. 2)
CAPRICE CAP 1283 (1985)

Symphony for Winds and Percussion (1966)

Per Engström/Östgöta blåsarsymfoniker
( + Von Koch: Saxophoniana. P. Bengtsson: Hekas! and Déak: 5 Pieces for Winds)
ÖSTGÖTAMUSIKEN SÖM 9202 (1992)


Sinfonia Concertante for Instrumental Ensemble (1935)

Janos Fürst /Einar Sveinbjörnsson (violin)/Ingvar Jónasson (viola)/ Hermann Gibhardt (oboe)/Ingemar Rilfors (bassoon)/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
LYSSNA 5 (LP) (1975)

Hilding Rosenberg/Gunnar Barter (violin)/Lince Berglund (viola)/ Rolf Lännerholm (oboe)/Bruno Lavér (bassoon)/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1949)
( + Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 and 5, Orpheus on the Town: Ballet Suite, De Helige Nacht, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Suite for Violin and Piano)
CAPRICE CAP 21510 (3 CDs) (1993)

 

POUL ROVSING OLSEN
(1922-1982), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied harmony and counterpoint with Knud Jeppesen at the Copenhagen's Royal Danish Conservatory of Music and composition with Nadia Boulanger and musical analysis with Olivier Messiaen in Paris. He worked in Copenhagen as a music critic and later,as a musical ethnologist, he did fieldwork in Greenland and the Persian Gulf and taught at the Universities of Lund and Copenhagen. His output includes 2 operas, ballets, orchestral and chamber music, piano pieces and songs. His other substantial orchestral pieces are Sinfonia II per Orchestra "Susudil" (1967), Piano Concerto and an early Symphonic Variations.

Sinfonia 1, Op. 40 (1957-58)

Lavard Friisholm/Danish National Radio Orchestra
Jørgensen: Quintet, Holm: Pezzo Concertante and Borup-Jørgensen: Nordic Summer Pastoral)
ODEON PASK 2004 (LP) (1966)

 

ALBERT RUBENSON
(1826-1901), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm the son of immigrants from Poland. He showed early musical talent and was taught the violin by Peter Elwers. His studies continued in Leipzig under Moritz Hauptmann for harmony and counterpoint, Niels Gade for composition and Ferdinand David for violin. He played the violin in the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Theater Orchestras under both Mendelssohn and Gade as conductors. On his return to Sweden, he worked as a violinist and music critic and received an appointment to the Stockholm Conservatory eventually becoming its director. He composed an operetta, incidental music, orchestral and chamber works and songs. His few other compositions for orchestra include a Suite in C major; a Symfonic Intermezzo and several Concert Overtures.

Symphony in C major (1847, rev. 1851)

Roy Goodman/Umeå Symphony Orchestra
( + Drapa, Symphonic Intermezzo and Trois Pièces Symphoniques)
STERLING CDS-1029-2 (1999)

 

POUL RUDERS
(b. 1949), DENMARK

Born in Ringsted, Zealand. After learning piano and organ as a child, he trained as an organist at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He also studied orchestration with Karl Aage Rasmussen but was basically self-taught in composition. After working as a church organist and choirmaster, he was able to devote his musical career primarily to composing. He has composed a large body of music ranging from opera and orchestral works through chamber, vocal and solo music. His orchestral catalogue also includes, among other works, Concertos for Piano, Violin (2), Viola, Clarinet and Oboe.

Symphony No. 1 "Himmelhoch Jauchzend - zum Tode Betrübt" (1989)

Leif Segerstam/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Thus saw Saint John, Gong and Tundra)
CHANDOS CHAN 9179 (1993)

Symphony No. 2 "Symphony and Transformation" (1995-5)

Michael Schønwandt/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto)
DACAPO 8.224125 (1999)

Symphony No. 3 "Dream Catcher" (2006)

Scott Yoo/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Offred Suite and Tundra (Hommage á Jean Sibelius)
BRIDGE BRIDGE 9382 (2012)


Symphony No. 4 "Organ Symphony" (2008)

Roberto Minczuk/Flemming Dreisig (organ)/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Trio Transcendentale and Songs and Rhapsodies)
BRIDGE BRIDGE 9375 (2012)

 

TERJE RYPDAL
(b. 1947), NORWAY

Born in Oslo. He is best-known as a rock and jazz musician. His nrecorded Symphonies are No. 1, Op. 6 (1973), 2, Op. 11 (1978), 3, Op. 21 (1981). 4, Op. 34 (1985-6), 6, Op. 77 (1997-8) and 7, Op. 100 (2009 12).
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (1992)

Normunds Sne/Riga Festival Orchestra
( + Double Concerto)
ECM CD-1025 (2000)

 

HARALD SÆVERUD
(1897-1992), NORWAY

Born in Bergen. He received his basic music education at the Bergen Music Academy from Leipzig-educated composer Borghild Holmsen. At the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik he studied composition with F.F. Koch and conducting with Clemens Kraus. He was a recipient of the Norwegian State Salary of Art which enabled him to devote his musical career exclusively to composition. He became the dean of Norwegian composers and wrote a large number of works for the theater, orchestra and chamber groups. For orchestra, his cycle of 9 Symphonies is supplemented by "Allegria" (Sinfonia Concertante) (1957), "Mozart-Motto Sinfonietta" (1971), Concertos for Piano, Violin, Oboe, Bassoon and many smaller pieces. His son Ketil Hvoslef (b. 1939) became a well-known composer.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 1 (1916-9): Finale revised as Overtura Appasionata, Op. 2 (1920)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Symphony Orchestra
( + Grieg: Symphonic Dances and Tveitt: Hundrad Hardingtonar frå Hardanger - Suite No. 1)
PHILIPS 412 744-1 (LP) (1984)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Rondo Amoroso, Gjætlevise-variasjoner, Småfuglvals, Syljetone, Kvernslått, Divertimento No. 1, Siljuslåtten and Den Siste Bå'nlåt)
BIS CD-1032 (2005)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 4 (1922, rev. 1934)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Romanza for violin and orchestra, Sumarnatt Batsong - Barcarola d'una Notte d'Estate, Cinquanta Variazioni Piccole)
BIS CD-1262 (2005)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 5 (1926)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
BIS CD-872 (1998)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 11 (1937)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8, Canto Ostinato, Galdreslåtten and Rondo Amoroso)
SIMAX PSC 3124 (2 CDs) (1997)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Romanza for violin and orchestra, Sumarnatt Batsong - Barcarola d'una Notte d'Estate, Cinquanta Variazioni Piccole)
BIS CD-1262 (2005)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 16 "Quasi una Fantasia" (1941)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, Canto Ostinato, Galdreslåtten and Rondo Amoroso)
SIMAX PSC 3124 (2 CDs) (1997)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Oboe Concerto op.15. Entrata regale op.41. Sonata Giubilata)
BIS CD-1162 (2003)


Symphony No. 6, Op. 19 "Sinfonia Dolorosa" (1942)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7 and Oboe Concerto)
AURORA NCD-B 4953 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 007) (1977)

Alexander Dmitriev/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Galdreslåtten, Kjempevise-slatten and Peer Gynt Suites Nos.1 and 2)
BIS CD-762 (1996)

Øivin Fjeldstad/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1950)
( + Rondo Amoroso, Galdreslåtten, Valen: The Cemetery by the Sea, Michelangelo Sonnet and The silent Island)
MERCURY MG 10149 (LP) (1954) (from Norwegian 78's)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, Canto Ostinato, Galdreslåtten and Rondo Amoroso)
SIMAX PSC 3124 (2 CDs) (1997)


Symphony No. 7, Op. 27 "Salme" (Psalm) (1945)

Karsten Andersen/Bergen Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6 and Oboe Concerto)
AURORA NCD-B 4953 (1988)
(original LP release: PHILIPS 6507 063) (1978)

Alexander Dmitriev/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Bassoon Concerto and Lucretia-Suite)
BIS CD-822 (1997)

Odd Grüner-Hegge/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Irgens-Jensen: Passacaglia)
TRIOLA TNLP 2 (LP) (c. 1958?)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 8, Canto Ostinato, Galdreslåtten and Rondo Amoroso)
SIMAX PSC 3124 (2 CDs) (1997)


Symphony No. 8, Op. 40 "Minnesota" (1958)

Dmitri Kitayenko/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, Canto Ostinato, Galdreslåtten and Rondo Amoroso)
SIMAX PSC 3124 (2 CDs) (1997)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto)
BIS CD-972 (2000)


Symphony No. 9, Op. 45 (1966)

Alexander Dmitriev/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto and Fanfare and Hymn)
BIS CD-692 (1998)

Per Dreier/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Rondo Amoroso, Galdreslåtten and Kjempeviseslåtten)
NORWEGIAN COMPOSERS NCD 4913 (1986)

 

HERMAN SANDBY
(1881-1965), DENMARK

Born in Kundby, Zealand. He studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main with Hugo Becker for cello and Iwan Knorr for composition. It was here that he met and became a lifelong associate of Percy Grainger. He traveled the world as a cellist and settled in America where he served a time as first cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He composed a large amount of music, mostly for orchestra and chamber groups. He wrote 5 Symphonies with only the 4th thus far recorded. The others are: Nos. 1 (1930), 2 in A minor (1937), 3 in C (1943), and 5 in B minor (1956). Other orchestral works include a Cello Concerto, Violin Concerto, Serenade for Strings and Nordic Rhapsody.

Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1948)

Launy Grøndahl/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1956)
( + Børresen: Symphony No. 2, Simonsen: Symphony No. 2 and Glass: Symphony No. 5)
DANACORD DACOCD 370371 (2 CDs) (1996)
(original release: DANACORD 139-40 {2 LPs}) (1985)

 

POUL SCHIERBECK
(1888-1949), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied composition with Carl Nielsen and Thomas Laub. He was a church organist in Copenhagen before becoming a teacher of orchestration and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He composed an opera, music for radio drama and marionette theatre, symphonic and chamber music, piano pieces, choral works and songs. However, he is best known for the scores he wrote for the films of Carl Dreyer. For orchestra, he also composed "Night" for piano and orchestra and the overture "In Denmark I was Born."

Symphony No. 1, Op. 15 (1916-9)

Ilya Stupel/Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Radio-Rhapsody)
DANACORD DACOCD 417 (1993)

 

GERHARD SCHJELDERUP
(1859-1933), NORWAY

Born in Kristiansand. After studies in Kristiania (now Oslo), he studied at the Paris Conservatory where his teachers included Jules Massenet. At this time, he also toured as a cellist in a group that included his sisters.He was greatly influenced on hearing Wagner's "Ring of the Niebelungen" and thereafter devoted himself mostly to the composition of opera. He moved to Germany and taught in Munich and Dresden. In addition to operas and incidental music, he also composed orchestral, chamber and vocal works. His Symphony No. 1 was written in 1887.

Symphony No. 2 "To Norway" (1924)

Eivind Aadland /Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphonic Drama "Brand")
CPO 777348-2 (2010)

 

OLE SCHMIDT
(1928-2010), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. His musical career started out as a self-taught jazz pianist who earned his living by playing in restaurants. While continuing to play jazz, he entered the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen where he studied the piano and conducting as well as composition with a galaxy of teachers that included Vagn Holmboe, Finn Høffding, Jörgen Jersild, and Niels Viggo Bentzon. Afterwards, he studied conducting privately with Albert Wolff, Rafael Kubelik, and Sergiu Celibidache. He went on to become one of Denmark's leading conductors with appointments and guest conducting abroad as well. He composed ballets, incidental music and a substantial amount of music for orchestra and chamber groups. Some of his other orchestral works are a Symphony No. 1, Op. 14 (c. 1950),Sinfonietta for 3 Quintets (1977), Sinfonietta for Symphonic Winds (2004) and Concertos for Piano (2), Violin, Accordion (2), Tuba, Horn and Guitar.

Symphony for Soprano, Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra "Oresund Symphony" (1993)

Ole Schmidt/Kari Hamnøy (soprano)/ Anders Lundh (tenor)/Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
( + Gade: Violin Concerto)
BIS CD-672 (1994)


Chamber Symphony in D major (1960)

Ole Schmidt/ Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra
( + Hommage à Franz Liszt, Concerto for Flute and Strings and Wind Quintet)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224035 (1996)

 

JOSEF OTTO AF SILLÉN
(1859-1951), SWEDEN

Born in Stora Frösunda, near Stockholm. While serving as a military officer, he received lessons in musical theory and composition from the violinist Lars Johan Zetterqvist. He then had further studies with Wilhelm Heintze, Johan Lindegren, Andreas Hallen and Ernst Ellberg. Music would not be his vocation as he spent his working life in the insurance industry. However, he composed a considerable amount of music much of which went unperformed. He wrote 5 Symphonies of which the 1st only survives as fragments, No. 2 in E minor was performed in 1927 and Nos. 4 and 5 were composed when the composer was in his 80's.

Symphony No. 3 in E minor (1937)

Göran W. Nilson/Gävle Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
STERLING CDS-1044-2 (2001)

 

RUDOLPH SIMONSEN
(1889-1947), DENMARK

Born in Copenhagen. He studied piano with Agnes Adler and theory with Otto Malling at Copenhagen's Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. His piano training was completed in Munich under Teresa Carreño and Andrew Rachlew and he then began teaching at his alma mater where he eventually succeeded Carl Nielsen as its director. He composed a fairly small amount of music and was better known for his writings on philosophy and musical culture. His later Symphonies are Nos. 3 "Roma" (1923) and 4 "Denmark" (1925) and he also produced a Piano Concerto.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor "Zion" (1920)

Israel Yinon/South Jutland Symony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Overture in G)
CPO 777 229-2 (2009)

Symphony No. 2 in A minor "Hellas" (1921)

Launy Grøndahl/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1954)
( + Børresen: Symphony No. 2, Glass: Symphony No. 5 and Sandby: Symphony No. 4)
DANACORD DACOCD 370371 (2 CDs) (1996)
(original release: DANACORD 139-40 {2 LPs}) (1985)

Israel Yinon/South Jutland Symony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Overture in G)
CPO 777 229-2 (2009)

 

CHRISTIAN SINDING
(1856-1941), NORWAY

Born in Kongsberg, Buskerud County. He studied music first in Christiania (now Oslo) with L. Lindeman before going to Germany, where he studied at the Leipzig Conservatory under Salomon Jadassohn and Carl Reinecke. He lived in Germany for much of his life but continued to receive regular grants from the Norwegian government. He briefly went to the United States to teach composition at the Eastman School of Music. His name has been primarily kept alive because of his piano piece "Rustle of Spring" but he was a prolific composer in various genres including opera whose orchestral catalogue also includes a Piano Concerto, 3 Violin Concertos, "Épisodes Chevalèresque" and Suite for Violin and Orchestra.

Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 21 (1890, rev. 1895)

Thomas Dausgaard/NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover
( + Symphony No. 2)
CPO 999 502-2 (2001)

Øivin Fjeldstad/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto)
NORSK KULTURRÅDS NKFCD 50016-2 (1998)
(original LP release: NORSK KULTURRÅDS 30 011) (1976)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
APEX 09274 8310-2 (2002)
(original CD release: FINLANDIA 3984-27889-2 (1998)


Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 83 (1904)

Thomas Dausgaard/NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover
( + Symphony No. 1)
CPO 999 502-2 (2001)

Kjell Ingebretsen/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Rondo Infinito)
NORSK KULTURRÅDS 30 025 (LP) (1978)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
APEX 09274 8310-2 (2002)
(original CD release: FINLANDIA 3984-27889-2 (1998)


Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op.121 (1919)

David Porcelijn/NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover
( + Symphony No. 4)
CPO 999 596-2 (2004)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
APEX 09274 9373-2 (2002)
(original CD release: FINLANDIA 8573-82356-2 (2000)


Symphony No. 4, Op.129 "Winter and Spring Rhapsody" (1936)

David Porcelijn/NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover
( + Symphony No. 3)
CPO 999 596-2 (2004)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3)
APEX 09274 9373-2 (2002)
(original CD release: FINLANDIA 8573-82356-2 (2000)

 

YNGVE SKÖLD
(1899-1992), SWEDEN

Born in Vallby, Södermanland County. He studied the piano with Richard Andersson and music theory with Harald Fryklöf. He graduated from the Stockholm Conservatory as a music teacher and choirmaster. He continued his studies of composition, conducting and piano at the Brno Conservatory) and at the Meisterschule in Prague. His jobs included resident pianist with Svensk Filmindustri and was librarian of the Society of Swedish Composers. He started composing at an early age and produced a large body of works that ranged from film scores to works for solo instruments. In addition to the Symphony that has been recorded he also wrote the following: Nos. 1, Op. 3 (1915), 3, Op. 50 (1948) and 4, Op. 66 (1966) as well as Sinfonia da Chiesa op.38 (1939). His orchestral catalogue also includes 3 Piano Concertos, Concertos for Violin, Cello, Horn and a Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.

Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 (1937)

Tuomas Ollila/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
PHONO SUECIA PSCD 719 (2002)

 

RAGNAR SÖDERLIND
(b. 1945), NORWAY

Born in Oslo. He studied with Conrad Baden in Oslo and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Erik Bergman and Joonas Kokkonen. He also holds a degree in conducting from the Norwegian State Academy of Music where he was taught by Arvid Fladmoe. He is now associate professor at this institution. He has composed a large amount of music in most instrumental and vocal genres from opera to to solo songs. Thus far he has produced 8 numbered Symphonies with the following not as yet recorded: Nos. 1 for Large Orchestra and Soprano, Op. 23 (1975-79), 5, Op. 60 "Kvitsunn" (1995-2001), 6, Op. 74 "Todesahnung" (1998-9), 7, Op. 85 "La Campane dell'Atlantico" (2002), 8, Op. 95 "Jean Sibelius in Memoriam" (2004-5). His large orchestral catalogue also includes: Sinfonia Minimale, Op. 16 (1971), Sinfonietta for Brass and Percussion, Op. 31 (1981-8) and Concertos for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello and several symphonic poems.

Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 "Sinfonia Breve" (1981)

Ragnar Söderlind/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3, Rokkomborre and Legg Ikkje Ditt Liv i mi Hand)
AURORA ACD 4917 (1989)


Symphony No. 3 for Soprano, Baritone and Orchestra, Op. 40 "Les Illuminations Symphoniques" (1984)

Ragnar Söderlind/Nini Ritzau (soprano)/Knut Jørgen Moe (baritone)/London Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Rokkomborre and Legg Ikkje Ditt Liv i mi Hand)
AURORA ACD 4917 (1989)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 50 "Sedimenti Musicali" (1991)

Vladimir Fedoseyev/Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
( + Cello Concerto)
AURORA ACD 5014 (2000)

 

LEIF SOLBERG
(b. 1914), NORWAY

Born in Lena at Eastern Toten. He studied at the Oslo Conservatory of Music with Arild Sandvold where he graduated as an organist. Later, he studied In Copenhagen with Find Viderø for organ and Jørgen Jersild for instrumentation. His organ studies continued In London, Salzburg and Haarlem. In addition, the Norwegian composer Karl Andersen instructed him in 12 tone harmomy. Among Solberg's other compositions are two string quartets, a violin sonata, six major organ works, a number of smaller compositions for organ and choral works.

Symphony in D minor (1950-51)


Paul Mann/Liepäja Symphony Orchestra
( + choral and organ works)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0260 (2014)

 

ØISTEIN SOMMERFELDT
(1919-1994), NORWAY

Born in Christiania (now Oslo). He studied at the Oslo Music Conservatory, where he took the conductor's examination in 1947. He studied composition briefly with Fartein Valen but the really important influence on his development as a composer was his lessons with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In addition to composing, he has worked as a music critic and served on the board of Norwegian Society of Composers. Most of his works are in the genres of songs and piano works but he has produced other works for orchestra including a Piano Concerto and 3 Suites based on Grieg's "Slåtter," Op. 72.

Sinfonia La Betulla, Op. 12 (1974)

Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Towards a Yearning, From William Blake's Poetry, Fable Suite, Miniature Ouverture, Om Kjærlighet, Monologi for Cello and Two Stein Mehren Songs)
AURORA NCD-B 4946 (1988)
(original LP release: NORWEGIAN COMPOSERS NC 4902) (1984)

 

TORSTEN SÖRENSON
(1908-1992), SWEDEN

Born in Grebbestad, Västra Götaland County. He graduated from the Stockholm State Academy of Music as a music teacher, church musician and organist. Subsequently, he had further studies in counterpoint with Torsten Ahlberg in Gothenburg and for composition with Hilding Rosenberg in Stockholm and Carl Orff in Berlin. He worked as a church musician and taught music theory at the State Academy of Music in Gothenburg. He composed works for orchestra, chamber groups, piano and voice. Some of his other major orchestral works are: Symphony for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 29 (1955), Sinfonia da Chiesa No. 1, Op. 32 (1958) and No. 2 (1964-9) and Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion.

Sinfonetta for String Orchestra, Op. 14 (1946, rev. 1957)

Dean Dixon/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1955)
(included in collection: "Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra: Recordings 1930-1978")
BIS LP 301-303 (5 LPs) (1985)


JOHN SPEIGHT
(b.1945, ICELAND)

Born in Plymouth, England. At the Guildhall School of Music, he first trained as a singer but also studied composition with Richard Rodney Bennett. He moved permanently to Iceland in 1972. He has composed operas, orchestral and instrumental works.

Symphony No. 1 "Sinfonia Trittico" (1983-4)

Páll Pamplicher Pálsson/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Clarinet Concerto)
ICELANDIC MUSIC ITM7-14 (2001)


Symphony No. 2 for Soprano and Orchestra (1991)

Anne Manson/Julie Kennard (soprano)/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Clarinet Concerto)
ICELANDIC MUSIC ITM7-14 (2001)

WILHELM STENHAMMAR
(1871-1927), SWEDEN

Born in Stockholm, the son of composer Per Ulrik Stenhammar. He studied with various important teachers including Richard Andersson for piano, Wilhelm Heinze (organ), Joseph Dente (counterpoint) and Emil Sjögren and Andreas Hallén (composition). He toured initially as a pianist and chamber musician but eventually became well known as a conductor and became Artistic Director and chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony. He composed operas, incidental music, orchestral, chamber, piano and vocal music. Besides the Symphonies, his other major orchestral works are his 2 Piano Concertos and Excelsior Overture. A somewhat early death deprived Sweden of one of its finest composers.

Symphony No. 1 in F major (1902-3)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
BIS CD-219 (1986)
(original LP release: BIS LP-219) (1983)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Serenade and Excelsior Overture)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 445857-2 (2 CDs) (1995)

Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 34 (1911-15)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Excelsior Overture)
BIS CD-251(1984)
(original LP release: BIS LP-251) (1983)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1, Serenade and Excelsior Overture)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 445857-2 (2 CDs) (1995)

Paavo Järvi/ Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Excelsior Overture, Reverenza and Songs)
VIRGIN CLASSICS 5 45244-2 (1999)

Tor Mann/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Serenade)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1114 (1987)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33198/RCA VICTOR LSC-9854) (1959)

Petter Sundkvist/Royal Scottish National Orchestra
( + Excelsior Overture)
NAXOS 8.553888 (1996)

Stig Westerberg/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
CAPRICE CAP 21151 (1986)
(original LP release: CAPRICE CAP 1151) (1979)


Symphony No. 3 in C major (unfinished - fragment only arr. B.T. Andersson) (1918-9)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky/Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto No. 1)
CHANDOS CHAN 9074 (1992)



JOHAN SVENDSEN
(1840-1911), NORWAY

Born in Christiania (now Oslo). His father was a music teacher who taught him both the violin and clarinet from him and he was working as an orchestral musician by the time he finished school. His formal education was at the the Leipzig Conservatory where he studied the violin with Ferdinand David and to composition with Carl Reinecke. He worked as a violinist in various orchestras but eventually his main vocation was that of conductor and in this capacity became a leading figure in the musical life of Copenhagen. He composed orchestral, chamber and instrumental music. His orchestral output also includes Concertos for Violin and Cello, 4 Norwegian Rhapsodies, the symphonic poems "Romeo and Juliet" and "Zorahayde" and a number of other pieces. He supposedly completed a 3rd Symphony but his wife threw it into the fire and this anecdote appears thinly-disguised in Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler."

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 4 (1865-6)

Miltiades Caridis/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
NORSK KULTURRÅDS NKFCD 50010-2 (1995)
(original LP release: NORSK KULTURRÅDS 30 001) (1974)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Polonaise No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 9932 (2001)

Bjarte Engeset/Bournemouth Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 2)
NAXOS 8.553898 (1998)

Odd Grüner-Hegge/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Zorahayde)
PHILIPS 838 051 AY (LP) (1961)

Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
EMI ENCORE 585069-2 (2003)
(original CD release: EMI CDC 7-49769-2) (1988)

Neeme Järvi/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto, Norwegian Artists' Carnival and 2 Icelandic Melodies))
CHANDOS CHAN 10766 (2013)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and 2 Swedish Folk Tunes for Strings)
BIS CD-347 (1987)

Terje Mikkelsen/Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Norwegian Artists Carnival, Romeo and Juliet, Carnival in Paris, Zorahayda, Festival Polonaise, Andante Funèbre. Sigurd Slembe, Norwegian Rhapsodies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and Ifjol Gjaett' e Gjeitinn)
CPO 777372-2 (3 CDs) (2008)
(original CD release: LA VERGNE CLASSICS LAVER 260741) (1997)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2)
APEX 09274 0621-2 (2001)
(original CD release: FINLANDIA 06301 9055-2 (1998)


Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 15 (1874)

Thomas Dausgaard/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and Polonaise No. 2)
CHANDOS CHAN 9932 (2001)

Bjarte Engeset/Bournemouth Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No. 2)
NAXOS 8.553898 (1998)

Øivin Fjeldstad/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Carnival in Paris, Festival Polonaise and Romance for Violin and Orchestra)
NORSK KULTURRÅDS NKFCD 50011-2 (1995)
(original LP release: NORSK KULTURRÅDS 30 009) (1975)

Alexander Gauk/Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
MELODIYA D 3048-9 (LP) (1956)

Odd Grüner-Hegge/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (rec. 1950)
( + Norwegian Rhapsodies Nos. 2 and 3)
MERCURY MG 90004 (LP) (c.1955) (from Norwegian 78's)

Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
EMI ENCORE 585069-2 (2003)
(original CD release: EMI CDC 7-49769-2) (1988)

Neeme Järvi/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Cello Concerto, Norwegian Rhapsodies Nos. 2 and 3)
CHANDOS CHAN 10711 (2012)

Neeme Järvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1 and 2 Swedish Folk Tunes for Strings)
BIS CD-347 (1987)

Grant Llwellyn/Stavanger Symfoniorkester
( + Norwegian Artists Carnival, Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 and Carnival in Paris)
CHATSWORTH FMC 1002 (1994)

Terje Mikkelsen/Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2, Norwegian Artists Carnival, Romeo and Juliet, Carnival in Paris, Zorahayda, Festival Polonaise, Andante Funèbre. Sigurd Slembe, Norwegian Rhapsodies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and Ifjol Gjaett' e Gjeitinn)
CPO 777372-2 (3 CDs) (2008)
(original CD release: LA VERGNE CLASSICS LAVER 260741) (1997)

Ari Rasilainen/Norwegian Radio Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 1)
APEX 09274 0621-2 (2001)
(original CD release: FINLANDIA 06301 9055-2 (1998)

 

FRANZ SYBERG
(1904-1955), DENMARK

Born in Kerteminde, Funen. He studied composition and music theory at the Leipzig Conservatory with Sigfrid Karg-Elert and Werner Hübschmann. Returning to Denmark where he studied organ with Peter Thomsen and became the organist in his home town. His catalogue is quite small and consists of incidental music, the recorded orchestral and an Oboe Concertino music, chamber works and organ pieces.

Symphony (1939)

Tamás Vetö/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Sinfonbietta and Adagio for Strings)
KONTRAPUNKT 32088 (1991)'


Sinfonietta (1934-5)

Tamás Vetö/Odense Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony and Adagio for Strings)
KONTRAPUNKT 32088 (1991)

 

SVEND ERIK TARP
(1908-1994), DENMARK

Born in Thisted, Jutland. He studied theory with Knud Jeppesen and music history with Rudolph Simonsen at Copenhagen's Royal Danish Conservatory of Music and later joined its faculty. His academic career took him to other schools as well. He composed operas, ballets, orchestral, chamber, piano and vocal works. The unrecorded Symphonies are Nos. 1 "Sinfonia Divertente" (1945), 3 , Op. 66 " Sinfonia quasi una Fantasia" (1958), 4 , Op. 77 (1975), 5 (1977), 6 (1977), 8 for Girls' Chorus and Orchestra (1989), 9 (1991), 10 "Signs and Odd Facts" (1992). His orchestral catalogue also includes a Sinfonietta for Chamber Orchestra (1931), Piano Concerto and Violin Concerto.

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 50 (1949)

Miltiades Caridis/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Te Deum)
ODEON PASK 2009 (LP) (1969)


Symphony No. 7 in C minor, Op.81 "Galaxy" (1978)

Ole Schmidt/Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Piano Concerto, The Battle of Jericho and Te Deum)
MARCO POLO/DACAPO DCCD 9005 (1992)

 

LEIFUR THÓRARINSSON (ÞÓRARINSON)
(1934-98), ICELAND

Born in Reykjavik. He attended the Reykjavík College of Music where he studied the violin with Björn Ólafsson. He also studied theory and composition with Jón Þórarinsson and went on to play with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Later on he studied composition with Hanns Jelinek in Vienna and with Wallingford Riegger and Gunther Schuller in New York. On his return to Iceland, in addition to composing, he was a radio announcer and programmer with Iceland Radio for many years and was also a teacher and a music journalist. A prolific composer, his catalogue includes a number of large, symphonic works including an Oboe Concerto, a Violin Concerto and 2 Symphonies (Symphony No. 1-1963). He also wrote chamber music, works for solo instruments and singers, choral pieces, and many shorter orchestral works. This is supplemented by popular songs and jazz along with music for over forty theatrical productions.

Symphony No. 2 (1997)

Petri Sakari/Iceland Symphony Orchestra
( + Violin Concerto)
ITM- 7-12 (2000)

 

GUNNAR THYRESTAM
(1900-1984), SWEDEN

Born in Gävle. He studied in Stockholm with Gottfried Berg and Ernst Ellberg and had further training in composition and conducting at Potsdam. He worked chiefly as an organist and teacher at various posts in Sweden. Most of his catalogue is comprised of church music and a large amount of works for solo organ. However, there are 2 other numbered Symphonies: Nos. 1 for Soprano and Orchesrtra "Sinfonia Sacra " (1978-9) and 3 for Chorus and Accompaniment "Sinfonia Hedesundensis" (1980) as well as a Sinfonia Overtura (1957).

Symphony No. 2 "Sinfonia Berslagiensis" (1980)

Glenn Mossop/Bergslagen Chamber Orchestra
( + Koch: Bergslagen Overture, Rosenberg: Scenes from Bergslagen, Atterberg : Bergslagen Serenade, Forsman: Bergslagen and Franzén : Four Realities)
NOSAG RECORDS CD 060 (2002)
(original LP release: SORDONE LP 1) (1988)



GEIRR TVEITT
(1908-1981), NORWAY

Born in Bergen. Encouraged as a teenager to seek a career as a composer by Christian Sinding, he studied composition with Hermann Grabner and Leopold Wenninger at the Leipzig Conservatory, Egon Wellesz in Vienna and Arthur Honegger and Heitor Villa-Lobos in Paris where he also attended the classes of Nadia Boulanger. He made an extensive study of Norwegian folk music and worked as a music writer and critic. He became a recipient of the Norwegian State Salary of Art. Many of his works were lost in a disastrous fire in 1970 though some were later recovered. He composed 3 numbered Symphonies but only No. 1, Op. 183 "Christmas" (1958) still exists. His other major orchestral works include 5 Piano Concertos, 2 Concertos for Hardanger Fiddle and 5 Suites (1 not extant) based on "A Hundred Hardanger Tunes."

Sun God Symphony (Three Pieces from "Baldur's Dream"), Op. 81 (reconstructed by K. Husby) (1958/1999)

Ole Kristian Ruud/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Prillar)
BIS CD-1027 (2001)


Sinfonia di Soffiatori (1974)

Bjarte Engeset /The Royal Norwegian Navy Band
( + Sinfonietta di Soffiatori, Prince Christian Frederik's March of Honour, The Old Mill on the Brook, Hymn to Freedom and A Hundred Hardanger Tunes - Excerpts)
NAXOS 8.572095 (2008)


Sinfonietta di Soffiatori, Op. 203 (1962)

Bjarte Engeset /The Royal Norwegian Navy Band
( + Sinfonia di Soffiatori, Prince Christian Frederik's March of Honour, The Old Mill on the Brook, Hymn to Freedom and A Hundred Hardanger Tunes - Excerpts)
NAXOS 8.572095 (2008)

 


FARTEIN VALEN
(1887-1952), NORWAY

Born in Stavanger. He studied with Catharinus Elling at the Oslo Conservatory of music, graduating with a degree in organ playing. In 1909 he moved to Berlin to study composition at the Hochschule für Musik with Max Bruch and Karl Leopold Wolf. After his return to Oslo he worked as an archivist and teacher at the University, jobs he left after receiving the Norwegian State Salary of Art. In addition to his 4 Symphonies, he composed Concertos for Piano and Violin, 9 short orchestral pieces and various works for chamber groups, solo instruments and voices.

Symphony No. 1, Op. 30 (1937-9)

Aldo Ceccato/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 4)
SIMAX PSC 3101 (2 CDs) (1992)
(original CD release: NIM CDN 31000) (1987)

Christian Eggen/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Pastoral, Sonetto di Michelangelo, Cantico di Ringraziamento, and Violin Concerto)
BIS CD-1522 (2008)


Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 (1941-4)

Aldo Ceccato/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 4)
SIMAX PSC 3101 (2 CDs) (1992)
(original CD release: NIM CDN 31001) (1987)

Christian Eggen/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No.3, Nenia, An die Hoffnung and Epithalamion)
BIS CD-1632 (2008)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 41 (1944-6)

Aldo Ceccato/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4)
SIMAX PSC 3101 (2 CDs) (1992)
(original CD release: NIM CDN 31001) (1987)

Christian Eggen/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No.2, Nenia, An die Hoffnung and Epithalamion)
BIS CD-1632 (2008)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 43 (1947-9)

Aldo Ceccato/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 3)
SIMAX PSC 3101 (2 CDs) (1992)
(original CD release: NIM CDN 31000) (1987)

Christian Eggen/Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
( + Cemetery by the Sea, La Isla de las Calmas, Ode to Sleep and Piano Concerto)
BIS CD-1642 (2008)

 

GUNNAR VALKARE
(b. 1943), SWEDEN

Born in Norrköping. He studied organ and piano at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and also studied composition under Ingvar Lidholm and conducting under Siegfried Naumann. He graduated as an organist and worked as an organist, music teacher and resident composer. He composed a large body of works in various genres in a highly advanced musical idiom mostly in untraditional forms but there is also a Symphony No. 2 (Finale) (1990) and Sinfonia (1986).

Symphony No 1 (1986-89)

Cecilia Rydinger Alin/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Viaggio, Världen som Bild, Passage 3,5, Scapes and Funeral Music)
PHONO SUECIA PSCE 15 (1999)

 

LARS JOHAN WERLE
(1926-2001), SWEDEN

Born in Gävle. As a composer he was self-taught, though he studied counterpoint with Sven-Erik Bäck and also studied musicology with Carl-Allan Moberg at the University of Uppsala. He worked as a jazz musician and was a music producer at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. Later he taught at the Royal College of Opera in Stockholm as teacher of composition at the Gothenburg College of Music. He composed a large number of operas and also wrote orchestral, chamber and vocal music. His few other pieces for orchestra are of short duration.

Sinfonia da Camera, Op. 2 (1961)

Ulf Björlin/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Björlin: Epitaphium and Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand)
HMV (Sweden) 061-34271 (1971)

CHRISTOPH WEYSE
(1774-1842), DENMARK

Born in Altona, Holstein (now in Germany but then in Denmark). Weyse studied music with Johann Abraham Peter Schulz in Copenhagen and he was appointed organist at the Reformed Church in that city and was also active as a pianist and a teacher at the University of Copenhagen. Later on he he was appointed Court Composer. His very substantial catalogue included, in addition to his Symphonies, operas, cantatas, other instrumental works and many organ pieces and songs.

Symphony No. 1 in G minor (1795, rev. 1805)

Jan Ole Mortensen/Concerto Copenhagen
( + Symphony No. 7)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 399 (2002)

Michael Schønwandt/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224012 (1994)


Symphony No. 2 in C major (1795, rev. 1797)

Michael Schønwandt/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224012 (1994)


Symphony No. 3 in D major (1795, rev. 1800)

Michael Schønwandt/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224012 (1994)


Symphony No. 4, E minor (1795)

Michael Schønwandt/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224013 (1995)


Symphony No. 5, E flat major (1796, rev. 1838)

Michael Schønwandt/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224013 (1995)


Symphony No. 6 in C minor (1798, rev. c. 1800)

Michael Schønwandt/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 7)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224014 (1994)


Symphony No. 7 in E flat major (1799)

Jan Ole Mortensen/Concerto Copenhagen
( + Symphony No 1)
CLASSICO CLASSCD 399 (2002)

Michael Schønwandt/Royal Danish Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 6)
DACAPO/MARCO POLO 8.224013 (1994)

 

OTTO WINTER-HJELM
(1837-1931), NORWAY

Born in Christiania (now Oslo). He studied piano and composition locally with Halfdan Kjerulf before going to Germany for further study in Leipzig and Berlin. Back home he organized the first Norwegian music academy together with Edvard Grieg and worked as an organist, teacher and music critic. His Symphony No. 1 of 1862 and was the first symphony composed by a Norwegian. The remainder of his compositions was small-scale works for solo instruments or voices.

Symphony No. 2 in B minor (1863)

Kjell Ingebretsen/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
( + Tellefsen: Piano Concerto No. 1)
NORSK KULTURRÅDS 30058 (LP) (1984)

 

DAG WIRÉN
(1905-1986), SWEDEN

Born in Striberg, Örebro County. He studied at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm where Ernst Ellberg and Oskar Lindberg were his composition teachers. In Paris, he studied instrumentation with Leonid Sabanyev. He graduated as an organist in 1929. He received his music degree as an organist and then worked as a music critic. He composed operas, orchestral, chamber, piano and vocal music. His only unrecorded Symphony is No. 1, Op. 3 (1932) which was withdrawn and transformed into his Sinfonietta. His other major orchestral works are Concertos for Violin. Cello and Piano and his world famous Serenade for Strings.

Symphony No. 2, Op. 14 (1939)

Thomas Dausgaard/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 3 and Concert Overtures Nos. 1 and 2)
CPO 999 677-2 (2000)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 20 (1943-4)

Thomas Dausgaard/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 2 and Concert Overtures Nos. 1 and 2)
CPO 999 677-2 (2000)

Stefan Solyom/SAMI Sinfonietta
( + Sinfonietta, Cello Concerto and Romantic Suite:The Merchant of Venice)
MUSICA SVECIAE PSCD 716 (2001)


Symphony No. 4, Op. 27 (1951-2)

Sixten Ehrling/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1956)
( + Sinfonietta, Serenade for Strings and Music for Strings)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1035 (1988)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33147) (1965)

Thomas Dausgaard/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 5 and Oscarbalen)
CPO 999 563-2 (1998)


Symphony No. 5, Op. 38 (1963-4)

Thomas Dausgaard/Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4 and Oscarbalen)
CPO 999 563-2 (1998)


Sinfonietta, Op. 7a (1933-34)

Stefan Solyom/SAMI Sinfonietta
( + Symphony No.3, Cello Concerto and Romantic Suite:The Merchant of Venice)
MUSICA SVECIAE PSCD 716 (2001)

Stig Westerberg/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
( + Symphony No. 4, Serenade for Strings and Music for Strings)
SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SCD 1035 (1988)
(original LP release: SWEDISH SOCIETY DISCOFIL SLT 33167) (1965)

Dag Wirén/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (rec. 1948)
( + Concert Overture No. 2, Serenade for String Orchestra, Cello Concerto, Suite Miniature for Violin and Piano, Sonatina for Cello and Piano No. 1, Ironic Miniatures and Sonatina for Piano)
CAPRICE CAP 21761 (2005)
(original CD release included in collection: "Conducting Composers")
MUSICA SVECIAE PSCD 79 (1995)

 

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

(1) BOOKS

Clough, Francis F. and C.J. Cuming. The World's Encyclopedia of Recorded Music (including Supplements) in 3 vols. London:
Sidgwick and Jackson, 1952-57.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d ed., in 29 vols., edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. New York:
Grove, 2000.

Jacobsson, Stig. Svenska Tonsättere Diskografi. Gothenburg: Rikskonserter, 1986.

Layton, Robert (ed.). A Guide to the Symphony. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Sadie, Julie Anne and Rhian Samuel (eds). The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. New York: W.W. Norton and Co.,
1995.

The Society of Norwegian Composers. Contemporay Norwegian Orchestral and Chamber Music. Oslo: Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag, 1970.

Simpson, Robert. The Symphony, 2 vols. New York: Drake Publishers, 1972.

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th edition. New York: Schirmer Books, 1992.

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (edited by Laura Kuhn). New York:
Schirmer Books, 1997.

Swedish Music Information Center. Swedish Composers of the 20th Century. Stockholm: SMIC, 1988.

Thompson, Oscar (ed). The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians, updated 11th edition. New York: Dodd, Mead and
Co., 1985.

(2) RECORD CATALOGS

Gramophone Classical Record Catalogue (retitled: Gramophone Classical Catalogue) (1953-1996)

Schwann Long Playing Record Catalog (retitled: Schwann 1 – Record and Tape Guide and Schwann Opus) (1949-2001)

 

(3) WEBSITES

LIBRARY CATALOGUES AND NATIONAL COMPOSER INFORMATION SITES

British Library Sound Archive http://www.bl.uk/collections/sound-archive/nsa.html

Danish Music Info http://www.danishmusic.info/

Denmark: The Royal Library (Main Collection of Printed Music) http://www.kb.dk/en/nb/samling/ma/hs.html

Iceland Music Information Centre (ITM) http://www.mic.is/eng/

Library and Archives Canada http:www.colectionscanada.gc.

Library of Congress http://catalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First

Norwegian Music Information Centre http://www.mic.no/english

Swedish Music Information Centre (SMIC) http://www.mic.stim.se/avd/mic/prod/micv5.nsf/docsbycodename/start

New York Public Library Research Catalog http://catnyp.nypl.org/

 

OTHER SITES

Amazon (UK) http://www.amazon.co.uk

Arkiv Music http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/main.jsp

BIS Records http://www.bis.se/index.php

Chandos Records http://www.chandos.net

CPO Records http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/cpo/home

Crotchet http://www.crotchet.co.uk

Dutton Vocalion Records http://www.duttonvocalion.com

EMI/Virgin Classics http://www.emiclassics.com

Gramophone Archive http://www.gramophone.net

Hyperion Records http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk

Lyrita Recorded Edition http://www.lyrita.co.uk

MDT http://www.mdt.co.uk/MDTSite/pages/home/default.asp

MusicWeb International http://www.musicweb-international.com

MuziekWeb (Centrale Discotheek Rotterdam) http://www.muziekweb.nl/menu/shared/cat/pica/index.php

Naxos Records http://www.naxos.com

Sterling Records http://www.sterlingcd.com/

 

COMPOSER AND CONDUCTOR SITES

Many contemporary composers have their own websites and others can be found on the websites of their publishers. There are also websites for earlier composers and conductors that are maintained by societies that promote their music and recordings. These can be found by typing the composer's name into any search engine.

 

 



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