nosagcd 083 - MUSIK: JAN WALLGREN /

This CD contains Jan Wallgren´s four main chamber music compositions for string quartet and solists in World Premiere Recordings.

JAN WALLGREN (1935 - 1996) Jan was born in Oslo and grew up in Stockholm. He devoted himself for many years mainly to jazz and toured with his own trio as well as playing in several different jazz orchestras, and his piano playing and compositions marked the quartet that Bengt Ernryd led during the middle of the 60s. Jan has appeared as a soloist and composer with among others the Swedish Radio Jazz Group and the Polish Radios Big band, andhe is documented both on LP and CD.

Aside from working as a piano soloist, orchestra leader, and theatre musician, Jan taught singers and musicians, classically trained pianists, and music students. He wrote theatre and film music, and composed an opera, "Balagantjik," that was premiered at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1986. Among several important compositions, his Requiem, "För levande och döda" (For Living and Dead), set to texts by the poet Tomas Tranströmer, stands out.

Jan’s final composition for The Stockholm String Quartet, "Vandring," with texts taken from Dag Hammarskjöld’s book "Vägmärken" (Markings), was finished in April 1996, two months before his death.

Ingrid Tobiasson, mezzo
Olle Persson, baritone
Jesper Harryson, oboe
Stockholm String Quartet

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Wallgren: from Six Blueprints: Ostinato

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American Records Guide: " (---) Wallgren has a gift for melody and harmony, a simply arranged but warmly emotional style of writing that goes to the heart, whatever the words are. (---) This is a touching tribute to a composer in an attractive idiom who wrote a good deal for The Stockholm Quartet. The performances are lovely, both vocally and instrumentally."


1. Divertimento from Balagantjik
for oboe and string quartet
2. Vandring
for baritone and string quartet
Words by Dag Hammarskjöld from Vägmärken (1963)
Six Blueprints for string quartet24´47
   3. Pastorale (6´22)
   4. Notturno (2´57)
   5. Canon. Quasi ragtime (2´37)
   6. Ostinato (1´26)
   7. Recercare (4´17)
   8. Variazioni. Tema med sex variationer (7´01)
Karins sånger
for mezzo soprano and string quartet
Words by Karin Boye.
   9. Svalorna (1´41)
   10. Nattens djupa violoncell (7´25)
   11. Till någon som är mycket ung (3´36)
   12. I rörelse (2´22)
   13. Aftonbön (5´40)
            total durata: 70´35

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