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Merlin Patterson
Fanfare, November 2014

PETTERSSON, A.: Symphony No. 6 (Norrkoping Symphony, C. Lindberg) BIS-1980
PETTERSSON, A.: Symphony No. 9 (Norrköping Symphony, C. Lindberg) BIS-2038

If you do not know the music of Swedish composer Allan Pettersson, the symphonies on these two BIS discs could serve as a virtual baptism by fire. Full of anguish, grief, and tragedy, the music is not uplifting, but it is always moving and beautifully profound. © 2014 Fanfare

David Hurwitz, February 2014

…this is one hell of a performance (in a good sense). Pettersson makes ridiculous demands on the orchestra, especially the strings, who have to sustain the music’s unrelenting intensity virtually without interruption. Kudos to Lindberg and the Norrköping players for pulling it off so handsomely… BIS’s typically superb SACD sonics illuminate the music’s every dark corner and crevice. This is just the antidote to a sunny day. © 2014 Read complete review

MusicWeb International, September 2013

True connoisseurs know that one of the finest ways to spend thirty or sixty minutes is listening to an excellent recording of a magnificent symphony. They will also know that some of the twentieth century’s greatest symphonists have been Scandinavian… Prominent in that list must stand the name of Swede Allan Pettersson—any arguments to the contrary are truly obliterated by this recording, the latest volume in BIS’s long-winded but compelling series dedicated to this relatively unsung master of the genre.

…propelled constantly onwards by the sheer force of musical argument and expression—always fundamentally tonal too—the listener’s mind is unable to wander….the tone is almost always expansively serious-minded, graphically introspective, post-apocalyptically serene: the symphonies are eerily lifelike in their restriction of genuinely joyous moments. The final ten minutes of the Sixth are devastatingly soulful. This is one of the twentieth century’s greatest symphonic works.

With a terrific performance under Lindberg by the astonishingly talented Norrköping Symphony Orchestra…this is one of the recordings of the year. © MusicWeb International Read complete review

Guy Rickards
Gramophone, January 2013

Lindberg…catches [the Sixth’s] dark atmosphere to perfection, pacing its progress through the succession of climaxes superbly well…BIS’s sensational sound with its huge dynamic range opens out details and perspectives not heard so cleanly hitherto. Try the passage starting just before 37’30”, ushering in the paragraph that builds to the main climax, where Petterssonian restraint, Lindbergian acuity, the fine cor anglais-playing…and BIS’s superior sound combine. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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