Allan Pettersson: Violin Concerto No. 2 (SACD)

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Ulf Wallin, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Christian Lindberg

In terms of genre, Allan Pettersson was uniquely single-minded: during his entire career as a composer (1953–80) he produced only a dozen or so works that were not symphonies. By name, Violin Concerto No. 2 is one of these, but it is fair to say that it straddles the divide. Pettersson himself remarked: ‘In reality my work was a Symphony for violin and orchestra. From this results the fact that the solo violin is incorporated into the orchestra like any other instrument.’ It should therefore not come as a surprise that Christian Lindberg has chosen to include this massive 53-minute work in his acclaimed and award-winning series of Pettersson’s symphonies, realised in collaboration with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

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Pettersson: Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra (1977)
1. Opening
2. Tempo II (after Fig. 54) 
3. A tempo (after Fig. 93) 
4. Cantando (Fig. 117) 

5. Pettersson: Symphony No. 17, fragment (1980)
Performing edition prepared by Markus Brylka and Christian Lindberg