This brief note is intended for those of you who take an interest in historical recordings of classical music, and might otherwise miss some recent Swedish issues on CDs (and downloads). They come from the indefatigable veteran restorer of Swedish sound documents Carl-Gunnar Åhlén, whose website www.aahlen.se lists a huge range of his LP and CD issues now going back 50 years. Many of these have been on the Caprice label in a series called Collector’s Classics, whose issues always come with long and informative notes by Carl-Gunnar. In recent years, and like many small-label releases, you almost need to know about their existence to find them, and sadly the extensive texts are given only in Swedish.
Rytmiska serier hamrar i stråkarna. En fagottslinga blir till en ropande röst. Sugande oroshärdar mullrar, samtidigt som staccatomeddelanden sipprar in som från en annan värld. Så bryter sången igenom och orkestersatsen landar i ett ögonblick av frid.