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Erland von Koch - Second Symphony


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« on: October 06, 2012, 07:17:08 am »



Erland von Koch (1910 to 2009) - his Second Symphony, "Sinfonia Dalecarlica," opus thirty (1945), is available for download for the next thirty days:

    http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2480&artikel=5293205

It is played by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by B. Tommy Andersson. Dalecarlia, or in English "Dalarna," is the name of a province in central Sweden. The composer Erland von Koch, who lived just short of a hundred years, was the son of the composer Sigurd von Koch (1879 to 1919).

In order to retrieve the symphony, you may either:

1) simply click on "Klassisk förmiddag" next to the little loud-speaker above the picture.

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2) download it from these direct links - the symphony spans the two files:

    http://lyssnaigen.sr.se/Autorec/ET2W/P2/Klassisk_formiddag/2012/10/SRP2_2012-10-03_100400_3360_a96.m4a
    http://lyssnaigen.sr.se/Autorec/ET2W/P2/Klassisk_formiddag/2012/10/SRP2_2012-10-03_110000_3540_a96.m4a

Several of Erland von Koch's symphonies were posted in the U.C. Downloads, but not this one as far as I can see: "Britishcomposer" posted numbers 3 and 6; Holger posted numbers 4 and 5; Jowcol numbers 4 and 5 again, plus the double concerto and Musica Malincolica (or as Grove's spells it, "Malinconica"); and A.S. the Flute Concertino.
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 02:30:43 am »

The Second Symphony is, of course, available commercially on the Phono Suecia label.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 12:07:32 am »

That's a nice picture - the young composer communing with nature - I quite like it.

I know that I heard something by von Koch when I was a young listener back in the Seventies - the Dance Rhapsody or the Sinfonietta, maybe, from a 50s or 60s LP? I can't recall, but the Rutherford, NJ, Public Library near my home had a superb collection of LPs of works by lesser-celebrated Euro-composers issued on London and other labels. (They later de-accessioned all of them in a fit of stupidity as the CD era was starting. Librarians are supposed to know better than that!)

It's nice to see that von Koch lived to 98 and was still composing in his nineties. Interestingly, he wrote the scores for quite a number of Ingmar Bergman's early, lesser-known films such as It Rains on Our Love and Port of Call.   
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 09:07:46 am »

I was surprised at the quailty of this music..a very endearing work..
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 02:19:21 am »

Question - does anyone know of Von Koch symphony 1?
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 03:01:22 am »

I have a hunch-and it is no more than that-that the Symphony No.1, op.18(1938) MAY have been withdrawn by von Koch.

My evidence Huh It does not appear to be included in the list of 571 works by von Koch listed in the Swedish Music Information Centre website.

I hope that I am wrong.
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 07:11:40 am »

I will do some more checking...
I assume you have heard this delightful ditty.

von Koch,Erland - Nordic capriccio (1943)
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra,Andrew Manze.
Concert 2007, Helsingborg Concert Hall
Swedish radio P2 - Klassisk förmiddag 13 mars, 2013
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013, 03:23:19 pm »

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I assume you have heard this delightful ditty.

von Koch,Erland - Nordic capriccio (1943)
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra,Andrew Manze.
Concert 2007, Helsingborg Concert Hall
Swedish radio P2 - Klassisk förmiddag 13 mars, 2013

One of my all-time favorites! If only some enterprising conductor would (or could) program it here in the USA -- I believe it would be a great crowd-pleaser.
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