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FRANZ BERWALD  

(1796 - 1868)

Franz Berwald, descended from a family of Swedish musicians of remoter German origin, was a violinist by training and became the most important figure in Swedish music of the 19th century. In his career he enjoyed varying success in his own country, eventually turning to business, managing a glass works and opening a sawmill. He was appointed professor of composition of the Swedish Academy only in 1867, shortly before his death.

Orchestral Works

Of Berwald’s four surviving symphonies, the third, the Sinfonie singulière, remains the most popular. Like those of his Danish contemporary Carl Nielsen, Berwald’s symphonies have idiosyncratic titles, the first known as Sinfonie sérieuse, the second as Sinfonie capricieuse, and the fourth originally as Sinfonie naïve. He played his own Double Violin Concerto with his brother August, by whom his Violin Concerto was first performed in 1820. His Piano Concerto dates from 1855.

Chamber Musics

Berwald concentrated largely on the composition of chamber music between the years 1849 and 1859, completing two piano quintets, four piano trios and two string quartets.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
The Seasons Naxos 8.504038

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADAGIO - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570015-16
Orchestral
ADAGIO 2 Naxos
8.553841
Orchestral
BACH: Violin concerto in E Major / BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2 Amadis
7244
Chamber Music
BERWALD, F.: String Quartet No. 3 / MOZART, W.A.: Piano Quartet No. 1 (Leygraf, Saulesco Quartet) (1967) Swedish Society
SLT33178
Chamber Music
BERWALD: Complete Duos Naxos
8.554286
Chamber Music, Instrumental
BERWALD: Piano Quintets Naxos
8.553970
Chamber Music
BERWALD: Piano Trio in C Major / Piano Trio No. 4 Naxos
8.555002
Chamber Music
BERWALD: Piano Trio No. 4 / Piano Trio in C Major Marco Polo
8.223430
Chamber Music
BERWALD: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 Marco Polo
8.223170
Chamber Music
BERWALD: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 Naxos
8.555001
Chamber Music
BERWALD: Septet / Serenade / Piano Quartet Naxos
8.553714
Chamber Music
BERWALD: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 BIS
BIS-CD-759
Chamber Music
BERWALD: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.553051
Orchestral
BERWALD: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 BIS
BIS-CD-795-96
Orchestral
BERWALD: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 / Piano Concerto Naxos
8.553052
Orchestral, Concertos
BERWALD: Tone Poems Naxos
8.555370
Orchestral
Chamber Music - BERWALD, F. / DUPUY, E. (A Bassoon in Stockholm...) (Agrell, Coppola, Zwart, Destrubé, Polman, Morita, A. Brüggen, Brautigam) BIS
BIS-2141
Chamber Music
DROSTE-HULSHOFF, A. von: Judenbuche (Die) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB20062
Orchestral
KELLER, G.: Schmied seines Gluckes (Der) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10682
Chamber Music
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 9 Naxos
8.556823
Chamber Music
Organ Duo Recital: Blåberg, Morgan / Mohlin, Erik - SCHUBERT, F. / BERWALD, F. / LACHNER, F.P. / MANKELL, G.A. (Organ For Four Hands) Proprius
PROP7869
Instrumental
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV / BEETHOVEN: Piano Quintets / BERWALD: Piano Quartet BIS
BIS-CD-44
Chamber Music
ROMANTIC BLISS Naxos
8.578050
Orchestral
SONATA - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556609
Chamber Music
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSONS - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos
8.503135
Orchestral
SVERIGEBOXEN - Filharmoni och folkton Naxos
8.503185
Orchestral
SWEDISH CLASSICAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.503153
Orchestral
Swedish Romantic Violin Concertos Naxos
8.554287
Concertos
Vocal Recital: Otter, Anne Sofie von - LINDBLAD, A.F. / GEIJER, E.G. / BERWALD, F. / SODERMAN, A. (A Summer's Day - Swedish Romantic Songs) BIS
BIS-SACD-1867
Vocal
WINTER Naxos
8.557726
Orchestral




 
 
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