West Coast Pictures Archive

ATTERBERG: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 =  Sym. ‘Västkustbilder’; Three Nocturnes; Vittorioso – Gothenburg Sym. Orch. /Neeme Järvi – Chandos

ATTERBERG: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 =  Sym. ‘Västkustbilder’; Three Nocturnes; Vittorioso – Gothenburg Sym. Orch. /Neeme Järvi – Chandos

Excellent performances of works as part of a resurgence. KURT ATTERBERG: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 =  Symphony No. 3, Op. 10 ‘Västkustbilder’; Three Nocturnes, Op.35bis; Vittorioso, Op. 58 – Gothenburg Sym. Orch./Neeme Järvi – Chandos  CHAN10894, 62:23 (3/25/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: The music of twentieth century composer Kurt Atterberg has been undergoing quite a resurgence these past twenty or so years with many recordings, especially of his symphonies, and other orchestral pieces getting a lot of attention. This is volume four of a particularly interesting set with conductor Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony, as part of this resurgence. What little I have heard of the Atterberg symphonies, in particular, I have enjoyed and the present Symphony No. 3, ‘West Coast Pictures’, is certainly the focal point of this album. With the movement subtitles “Summer Haze”, “Storm” and “Summer Night”, this is a work clearly designed to be a set of three short ‘tone poems’ of sorts that depict the composer’s impressions of the Swedish west coast. Originally, Atterberg wrote the three movements quite separately and only after a couple of performances of the first two, deciding to write a third a reconsider the work as a symphony. As […]