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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, September 2016

Nordgren’s music is consistently interesting, and the various musical styles match the atmosphere of the films. It is quite different from anything you might think of as film music, but is definitely worth your time. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, May 2016

In his later films, Ingmar Bergman was to eschew conventional scores, other than the use of either Bach keyboard music or some very modest atonal writing; this disc is a reminder of an era when he utilised orchestral scores. Erik Nordgren, whose compositions include major concertos and chamber music, wrote seventeen film scores for Ingmar Bergman. The finest examples of their close collaboration can be heard on this recording. They include the symphonically proportioned Waiting Women, the suggestive and mysterious score for Wild Strawberries and the exceptional economy of The Face. © 2016 Classical CD Choice

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2016

In the 1940’s and 50’s Erik Nordgren formed a working friendship with the Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman, resulting in seventeen major scores. From those manuscripts, the conductor and musicologist, Adriano, has created performing scores of five of the best known films—Waiting Women, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, The Face and The Pleasure Garden. Those who know the films will link the various tracks with their place in the story, though without those connections—I hardly ever watch a film—you will still get much pleasure from music that is beautiful and effectively scored. He often used quite small ensembles, the Dangerous Wine scene in Smiles of a Summer Night, simply featuring a solo harp. He was equally convincing when working in period pastiche as the films required. At this juncture I should point out that Erik Nordgren is not to confused to the prolific composer, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Erik having made a career in both conducting and the administrative aspects of classical music for the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, becoming a prolific provider of music for the cinema and television through a long life beginning in 1913. The disc originally formed part of the film music series on the Marco Polo label, the playing and recording of the Slovak Radio orchestra being of high quality. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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