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Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2 - Blomstedt

Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2 - Blomstedt

BIS  BIS-2424

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2, Serenade

Gothenburg Symphony
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)


It was in 1953, 65 years ago, that Herbert Blomstedt conducted the Gothenburg Symphony for the first time. Since then he has been back on numerous occasions, performing a wide range of works – only not those by Wilhelm Stenhammar. Blomstedt has told of how an international career gave him little opportunity to study and conduct Stenhammar’s music. At the age of 85, however, when he no longer had any obligations as a chief conductor, he thought ‘now or never’ and began to study the composer’s major scores in earnest. And when the time came to perform and record them, what other orchestra could he choose but the Gothenburg Symphony – Stenhammar’s ‘own’ orchestra which he conducted between 1907 and 1922.

The works on this disc are possibly the finest orchestral music that Stenhammar composed and he gave the premieres of both with the orchestra, Symphony No. 2 in 1915 and the revised version of the Serenade in 1920. In fact, he even dedicated the symphony to the members of the orchestra, his ‘dear friends’.

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Recorded at public performances at the Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden, in December 2013 (Symphony) and in June 2014 (Serenade), 24/96

Recording producer: Lennart Dehn

Sound engineer: Torbjörn Samuelsson

Recording equipment: Thuresson and Schoeps microphones; Stagetec Truematch microphone pre-amplifier and high-resolution A/D converter; Pyramix digital audio workstation; Amega loudspeakers

Post-production: Editing: Lennart Dehn
Mixing: Torbjörn Samuelsson
Mastering: Matthias Spitzbarth

Executive producer: Robert Suff
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Comment by Steven Harrison - January 2, 2020 (1 of 1)

Does anyone have trouble playing this disc?
This is the one disc that my SA-8260 player will not read and play. It reads and plays in my SA-7001KI player.
I just tried it in a friend's CD63SE player and it would not read and play.

I have two copies of this disc, and both are as above. Just wondering if anyone else has had issues with this.