Andrew Manze & Larsson Vol. 2
FonoForum wrote of Vol. 1, »With the complete recording of the orchestral works inaugurated here, the cpo label has once again initiated a project that will expand the musical horizon, especially with such well-versed interpretations … The continuation is urgently to be wished!« We are now presenting our second volume featuring orchestral works by Lars-Erik Larsson, who in today’s Sweden continues to share the honors with Dag Wirén as one of the most popular composers of the modern classical period. Larsson’s Symphony No. 1 had four movements, but his Symphony No. 2 reducing the number of movements to three clearly displays a cyclical design. The main theme of the first movement registers its presence beginning with the third measure; while its original shape is subject to marginal modifications, it is identical to the ostinato theme of the finale. Just as eight years later in his Symphony No. 3, the finale is the only movement that Larsson did not withdraw but submitted to his publisher Carl Gehrmans, thenceforth with the title »Ostinato« derived from its structure. The Orchestral Variations op. 50 of 1962 offer exemplary documentation of the free twelve-tone style of Larsson’s mature years, and in the late Barococo Suite op. 64 of 1973, playing with historicizing topoi with a fine sense of humor, he not only manifests an astonishingly youthful freshness but also shows himself from his most natural and timelessly attractive side – just as before in the Sinfonietta and the Pastoral Suite or in the Twelve Concertini.