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Stenhammar: Symphonies / Serenade / Excelsior Overture


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Stenhammar: Excelsior Symphonic Overture op.13 (1896)Neeme Järvi13:17Album Only
listen  2. Stenhammar: Symphony No.1 in F major (1902-03) - 1. Tempo molto tranquillo - AllegroNeeme Järvi16:53Album Only
listen  3. Stenhammar: Symphony No.1 in F major (1902-03) - 2. Andante con motoNeeme Järvi10:49Album Only
listen  4. Stenhammar: Symphony No.1 in F major (1902-03) - 3. Allegro amabileNeeme Järvi 9:15Album Only
listen  5. Stenhammar: Symphony No.1 in F major (1902-03) - 4. Allegro non tanto, ma con fuoco - TranquilloNeeme Järvi13:19Album Only


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Stenhammar: Serenade in F major, op.31 (1911-13) - 1. Overtura: AllegrissimoNeeme Järvi 6:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stenhammar: Serenade in F major, op.31 (1911-13) - 2. Canzonetta: Tempo di valse, un poco tranquilloNeeme Järvi 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stenhammar: Serenade in F major, op.31 (1911-13) - 3. Scherzo: PrestoNeeme Järvi 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stenhammar: Serenade in F major, op.31 (1911-13) - 4. Notturno: Andante sostenutoNeeme Järvi 6:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Stenhammar: Serenade in F major, op.31 (1911-13) - 5. Finale: Tempo moderatoNeeme Järvi 8:08Album Only
listen  6. Stenhammar: Symphony No.2 in G minor, op.34 (1911-15) - 1. Allegro energicoNeeme Järvi11:56Album Only
listen  7. Stenhammar: Symphony No.2 in G minor, op.34 (1911-15) - 2. AndanteNeeme Järvi 8:52Album Only
listen  8. Stenhammar: Symphony No.2 in G minor, op.34 (1911-15) - 3. Scherzo: Allegro, ma non troppo prestoNeeme Järvi 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stenhammar: Symphony No.2 in G minor, op.34 (1911-15) - 4. Finale: Sostenuto - Allegro vivaceNeeme Järvi14:19Album Only

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jarvi
  • Composer: Stenhammar
  • Audio CD (February 13, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GP5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) was a fine Swedish late-Romantic composer whose Serenade in F became a popular item on LP. Here it is again, along with his two Symphonies and a concert overture, in performances by an orchestra he directed for 15 years. This same conductor and orchestra made excellent recordings of these works for the BIS label, which are still highly enjoyable. But these remakes show similar fine sound and more refined, better-executed performances. Either recording will introduce you to a composer who never deserved his neglect. --Leslie Gerber

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Especially if you love the symphonies of Bruckner, Stenhammar's two will certainly satisfy.
Giacomo C.
These sprawling, gorgeous, lush symphonies will soon unfold and reveal themselves as worthy of standing side by side with the great works in the symphonic literature.
Robert Thomas
Wilhelm Stenhammar is a major discovery for anyone who enjoys large scale Romantic orchestral music.
johnf

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hannibal on August 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
One has to applaud Neeme Järvi's championing the music of Wilhelm Stenhammar, but the lukewarm reception given by some of the critics here to Stenhammar's music can only be explained by their sole hearing of Järvi's ubiquitous interpretations and the "cool" and somewhat "mechanical" approach he takes.

To fully appreciate the magical beauty that lies in these scores (particularly the Second Symphony and the Serenade in F) one has to listen to them being conducted by the great Swedish conductor Stig Westerberg who brings out the rhapsodic beauty and tenderness that Järvi cannot, or simply, does not.

As a famous critic once said: "If you haven't heard Bruckner conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler, you haven't heard Bruckner." - Similarly, I say, "if you haven't heard Stenhammar conducted by Stig Westerberg, you haven't heard Stenhammar." - Search out Westerberg's recordings, and I'm sure you'll agree.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Giacomo C. on September 19, 2004
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Jarvi and the Goteborgs Symfoniker give a committed and stirring account of all four pieces here. The recording is well done, no complaints about the sound.
The music of Stenhammar is not given the recognition it deserves - these are all strong works, well worth hearing. Especially if you love the symphonies of Bruckner, Stenhammar's two will certainly satisfy.
Whole heartedly recommeded to all lovers of late romantic symphonies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By johnf on August 17, 2014
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Wilhelm Stenhammar is a major discovery for anyone who enjoys large scale Romantic orchestral music. The CD era was especially notable for its contributions to classical music by expanding the available repertoire one could sample. The big international labels always stuck to the Big Names and the Big Works, and still do. Their very size dictates large minimum sales. But CDs broke their hold and brought into play many independent labels that recorded repertoire previously ignored, much to the delight of those of us who were tired of reading about composers but not being able to hear their work. Ironically, this recording actually is by one of the biggest majors (Universal, formerly Polygram) but is in the nature of a "favor" to a conductor who has done well for them, allowing him to champion some composer who is usually the domain of the small independents, much like when EMI let Mauriss Jansons record the Svendsen symphonies.

If you enjoy Romantic orchestral music (and Postromantic - Stenhammar is both, but I hate these pedanic definitions) You will find quite a trove of it in the Scandinavian composers. The usual reason given in books and liner notes is that Scandinavia was totally uninvolved in the Great War, and thus 19th Century sensibilities went on there for some time uninterrupted, including the Romantic approach to Symphonic music. Of course we all know our Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen - they are given to us - but virtually everyone else has remained in the Regional repertoires and must be discovered for yourself.

For me, Stenhammar is clearly the best of all the little-known Scandinavian composers up to the 1920's and 1930's, and is worthy of rediscovery by public and critics alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By christianw7 on January 18, 2013
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Stenhammar was a late Romantic Swedish composer with a relatively small output. He sounds at times like Brahms, Wagner, etc, with a little Sibelius thrown in for Scandinavian measure. It's all beautiful and atmospheric, invoking the forests and mountains of northern Europe. This recording is missing the 2nd movement from the Serenade in F (entitled Reverenza), so I bought this single track from Jarvi's Bis recording for $1 Stenhammar: Serenade, Op. 31. I then created a playlist inserting it in its proper place in the work.
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