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Berwald: Symphonies Nos. 1 "Sinfonie sérieuse" & 4 "Sinfonie naive"

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  • Performer: Herbert Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony
  • Orchestra: Franz Berwald
  • Audio CD (October 12, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000E54X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As with the music of Sibelius, Berwald's can be a strange, alien sound world. It reminds me of watching clouds, or witnessing those colorful baroque ballet spectacles in which lavishly-costumed tableaux glide across the proscenium -- a musical procession that somehow lives in a flat, two-dimensional space. Like them, Berwald's music doesn't really get deeper as it gets longer, and that's part of its strangeness, and yes, charm.

Berwald does not concern himself with development. When he fixes on an idea, he will most often simply repeat it, verbatim, sometimes with limited variation, quite often without. At first (with our knowledge of Mahler's continual variation), this practice can seem insipid. But after awhile, it begins to feel like the experience of a recurring dream -- there's something haunting about the slow movements, when a rapt theme will be in effect cloned, sounding a literal echo of itself -- it's like watching a gorgeous Maxfield Parrish painting come into view over and over again.

I call these occasions of delectation Berwald's "pet moments." In the Symphony No. 1, there's that long apoggiatura in the second movement that hangs a dissonance for what seems like an eternity, before resolving into sweet, rueful whispers. It's a moment that Blomstedt prepares us for beautifully, his orchestra creating a long, suspenseful, darkening crescendo that expands and changes colors like a jellyfish. Much later, just before the fourth movement, this moment is reprised, like a Proustian memory held in suspension, and in Blomstedt's hands, we're grateful to hear it again.

Blomstedt understands these moments of strange beauty better than any conductor I've heard. His recordings of Berwald are the only ones that feature a truly world class orchestra and engineering.
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The San Francisco Symphony and Herbert Blomstedt were the ones to put Berwald's symphonies on the map. Swedish composer Franz Berwald (1796-1868) was an early Romanticist, but wrote far more complex works than those of Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schumann. Realizing that he would see no real success in Sweden, Berwald traveled to Berlin, but found himself an outsider from Berlin's exclusive elite circles (where Mendelssohn easily mixed). His symphonies were ignored and he opened an orthpaedic institute to stay afloat, but he continued to compose. His four symphonies contain some of the most imaginative writing of the period and are well worth a listen. We shouldn't forget that the San Francisco Symphony was already a great orchestra before Michael Tilson Thomas' arrival. Blomstedt's steadfast attention to detail and absolute consistency of interpretion may not have been newsworthy, but it did produce consistently excellent performances and some truly great recordings. Here, Berwald's symphonies are played with uncanny refinement, a true sense of structure, and real energy. I recomend this CD highly and also the companion disc with symphonies 2 & 3. And if the originals are completely unavailable, it would be worth checking ArkivMusic for reprints.
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Very nicely played by the SFS and well recorded by Decca/London, these symphonies receive a fairly lively but straightforward interpretation from Blomstedt. Not dull, but the performances never quite catch fire either.
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