Pettersson - Eight Barefoot Songs


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Pettersson - Eight Barefoot Songs



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30th March 2009




72 minutes


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Pettersson - Eight Barefoot Songs


Barfotasanger: selection

orchestrated by Antal Doráti

Concerto No. 1 for string orchestra

Concerto No. 2 for string orchestra

Anders Larsson (baritone)

Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Christian Lindberg



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The 24 Barefoot Songs for voice and piano are Pettersson’s settings of his own poems, and as such form a singularly profound portrait of the composer. Their importance can be measured by the fact that Pettersson throughout his life returned to themes from the collection, reusing them in his large-scale works. It was Doráti who suggested the orchestration of eight of the songs, a task with which he was entrusted by the composer. The two concertos for strings were composed in 1950 and 1956 respectively and signify the very individual road that Pettersson would take as a composer of orchestral works.

Allan Pettersson: 8 Barfotasanger (Barefoot Songs) (arr. A. Dorati for orchestra)

No. 1. Herren gar pa angen

No. 2. Klokar och knythander

No. 3. Blomma, saj

No. 4. Jungfrun och ljugarpust

No. 5. Mens flugorna surra

No. 6. Du lognar

No. 7. Min langtan

No. 8. En spelekarls himlafard

Allan Pettersson: Concerto No. 1 for Strings

I. Allegro

II. Andante

III. Largamente

Allan Pettersson: Concerto No. 2 for Strings

I. Allegro

II. Dolce e molto tranquillo

III. Allegro

Gramophone Magazine

September 2009

“…24 Barefoot Songs composed to his own texts in 1943-45 offer ample proof of his natural songwriting genius. Anders Larsson's sympathetic renditions underline the lyrical qualities, beautifully accompanied by the Nordic Chamber Orchestra under Christian Lindberg. Lindberg evidently has a real feel for Pettersson's music, heard in the first two of the three concertos for string orchestra. No 2... is the real find, though, a vital and dramatic piece...Lindberg proves a most persuasive advocate.”

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