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