05 Pettersson - Barefoot Songs (Suite) - Winter is Coming.flac
Allan Pettersson - Violin Concerto No. 2 - Suite from Barefoot Songs
Allan Pettersson (1911-1980)
Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra (1977) - Ida Haendel, Violin - Swedish Radio Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt
Suite from Barefoot Songs (1943-45) [6 songs arranged 1969 by Eskil Hemberg for mixed chorus: God Walks in the Meadow - Sunday Land - Tell Me, Rose - Winter is Coming - Fiddler's Journey to Heaven - You're Lying] - Margareta Dahlstrom, Soprano / Stockholm University Chorus / Eskil Hemberg
From the notes for this recording:
"Allan Pettersson's Second Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, written for Ida Haendel, and perhaps one of the most exacting violin concertos to have been written during the 20th century, makes enormous demands on the soloist's technique, memorisation capacity and powers of concentration. It is composed in a single long block - a form frequently employed in his symphonies.
The first 'Barefoot Song' in the choral suite - God Walks in the Meadow - with which this recording continues is, in a manner of speaking, present in virtually every bar of the concerto..."
Concerning his Second Violin Concerto Allan Pettersson has written the following:
"A person makes his way into his inner reality, flees from the reality out there, which is controlled by the image of man - the perfect robot - , where the idea of humanity has been annihilated for the sake of ideologies which manifest themselves in homicide, fratricide - Cain and Abel again. There in the nocturnal landscape where actor and observer are one and the same person, as in the unreality of a dream where words cannot be uttered. In the sanctuary within the human being one can hear a song played on the violin with a noble tone and which has fingerprints of a person, a lonely creature who is seeking salvation from the threatening collective outside. The cynic calls this escapism. But the little man who doesn't understand lofty words - he knows only that danger is threatening, and there are no lofty words for that. But the idea of man is not his own idea - and for that reason it is indestructable."
...and about himself and his music in general:
"...I feel I have more in common with criminals - so-called criminals - than with other people. Not because of their criminality but because of their desire for freedom and their agony, suffering, sense of exclusion..."
"...Everything I want to say is in my music, but it is not ABOUT anything..."
"...My music is a protest against predestination, cruelty to man, man without a chance..."