Dag Wirén: Sinfonietta, Serenade for Strings, Symphony No. 3 & Divertimento
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba
There’s no mistaking [Gamba’s] affection for the idiom: his 70-minute anthology would seem intent on seducing the general collector. Very attractive it is too…An eminently recommendable disc. — Gramophone
Bright and lively music from the Swedish composer Dag Wirén is unveiled here in surround-sound by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Rumon Gamba, only a few years after the completion of their Grammy-nominated and highly acclaimed series devoted to the neglected orchestral treasures of Vincent d’Indy. In this unique recording Gamba uses the large body of a full symphonic string section, rather than the somewhat smaller-scale chamber orchestra setup that has tended to be used for this music in the past.
The effect is a more complete expression of the wit and strength of these works. Designed to ‘entertain and amuse’, as the composer put it in a note, the widely popular Serenade for Strings is here given an even more brilliant and powerful touch. Other, lesser-known works on the album similarly showcase a composer of fascinating range, who could write light and humorous pieces such as the Sinfonietta and the lively Symphony No. 3, as well as powerful, rhythmical, and serious works, of which the later Divertimento is an example.
Wirén, Dag (1905-83)
Wirén: Divertimento, Op. 29
Wirén: Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 11
Wirén: Sinfonietta, Op. 7A
Wirén: Symphony No. 3, Op. 20