Ragnar Söderlind: Symphonies nos. 2 and 3 – London Symphony Orchestra

RAGNAR SÖDERLIND: SYMPHONY NO. 2 "SINFONIA BREVE", OP. 30 · 3 SYMPHONIE "LES ILLUMINATIONS SYMPHONIQUES POUR SOPRANO, BARITONE ET ORCHESTRE, OP. 40. PRÈLUDE DÈMOCRATIQUE ("UNE AFFICHE MUSICALE") · 3 SYMPHONIE "LEmore…S ILLUMINATIONS SYMPHONIQUES POUR SOPRANO, BARITONE ET ORCHESTRE, OP. 40. ANGOISSE ("UNE ÈTUDE PSYCHOLOGIQUE") · 3 SYMPHONIE "LES ILLUMINATIONS SYMPHONIQUES POUR SOPRANO, BARITONE ET ORCHESTRE, OP. 40. PHRASES · 3 SYMPHONIE "LES ILLUMINATIONS SYMPHONIQUES POUR SOPRANO, BARITONE ET ORCHESTRE, OP. 40. A UNE RASION ("UNE PRIÈRE") · 3 SYMPHONIE "LES ILLUMINATIONS SYMPHONIQUES POUR SOPRANO, BARITONE ET ORCHESTRE, OP. 40. DÈPART (EPILOGUE) · ROKKOMBORRE. POEMA SINFONICA, OP. 8 · LEGG IKKE DITT LIV I MI HAND ·

Knut Jørgen Moe, baritone · Nini Ritzau, soprano · London Symphony Orchestra · Ragnar Söderlind, conductor

The neo-romanticist Ragnar Söderlind’s orchestral works exhibits a composer of rare talent. Collected here are some of his finest works for orchestra.

Genre: Orchestral

A rare compositional talent

Ragnar Söderlind exhibited a rare compositional talent already from his very first works. As a “neo-romanticist” he incorporates the stylistic techniques of a former age into his music, and renews them in the light of the avant-garde composer´s innovations in the treatment of sound. This album presents the deep-felt, characteristic, and indeed magnificent, orchestral works of Söderlind.

The orchestral work Rokkomborre (1967) marked Söderlind´s breakthrough as a symphonic composer. Inspired by the Rokkomborre Mountain and the unique landscape of North Norway, this short, musically precise work is characterized by vivid contrasts, rapid changes and the distinctive manner in which the characterisitc motifs are dealt with as the music is unfolds. Symphony No. 2 evokes spectacular landscapes, providing a dramatic setting for the struggle between the forces of good and evil. A Sami joik (ritual chant) evolves into a patriotic battle hymn, but the work dies away in resignation and hopelessness. The universal and emotional means employed by the composer make any additional commentay seem superfluous. Providing the point of departure for the third symphony´s five movements, the texts of Arthur Rimbaud´s collection of poems Illuminations are sung alternately by a soprano and a baritone. Rimbaud´s poetry is characterized by vivid contrasts, which lend themselves well to a variety of interpretations. In order to create symphonic cohesion between the various emotions and moods, Söderlind has employed cinematic effects and a technique of musical transformation, not unlike that associated with Alban Berg.

Arne-Peter Rognan |London Symphony Orchestra |Ragnar Söderlind

Release date: 20.01.1992

EAN : 7035971491727

Cat.No.: ACD4917

Priskategori : CD