B TOMMY ANDERSSON (b.1964): Warriors, The Garden of Delights.
Catalogue Number: 09O085
Reference: CDM 3001-2
Description: Two big, bold, thoroughly accessible scores, bursting with irrepressible energy. Andersson's idiom is eclectic, likely drawing on the many influences encountered in his active career as conductor, with echoes of late romanticism, early and neoclassical Stravinsky, Martinu, Sibelius, Prokofiev and many more besides, plus a lively modern popular touch suggesting stage and screen - and all very tonal. The Garden captures the teeming energy and unselfconscious abandon of the figures in Bosch's famous painting - especially the central, eponymous panel - with a serene central section that has more in common with the left-hand 'Eden' scene, but with not much suggestion of the nightmarishly grotesque right panel. Warriors is a ballet score in six linked scenes, inspired by a legend about the elite army of Thebes in the 4th century B.C. Battle music alternates with sensual love scenes and stately images of noble reflection, like statues or friezes depicting the warriors of antiquity. The whole is underscored by a restless energy, providing an irresistible forward momentum. Orchestra of Norrlands Operan; B Tommy Andersson.