PER NØRGÅRD (b.1932): Symphony No. 3 for Chorus and Orchestra, Symphony No. 7.
Catalogue Number: 03K011
Description: Nørgård's hugely ambitious, seminal work from the 1970s, and one from a few years ago in which he continues to prove that he has plenty to say in symphonic form: the Third employs his 'infinity series' - his personal version of serialism - as a framework for a freely heterophonic texture that paradoxically contains much material that is explicitly tonal in effect, if not always strictly functionally. Lofty chorales, slow spiralling motion and episodes of heightened color and texture seem at times directly derived from the tradition of Sibelius and Nielsen, and at others, the most radical departure from tradition of any kind. The complex, dynamic Seventh also has a great deal that is tonal about it, allowing unexpected juxtapositions and resolutions of stunning effect (the second movement is an extended exercise in just how far you can push this kind of thing, actually quite exhausting after seven minutes of being continually harmonically wrong-footed). The first and last movements dance incessantly, though in rhythms no dancer could follow, the orchestra augmented by the unusual and invigorating driving force of 14 tuned drums among the percussion. Danish National Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard. Dacapo SACD hybrid