2020-07-28 16:33:00 UTC
About fifteen years ago a customer at a record store I frequented began getting promos from the various Scandinavian classical labels (Caprice, Phono Sueica, Kontrapunkt, BIS, etc.) which he sold to the store, and which the store then priced at $5-$10 each. I was familiar with the music of some of those composers -- e.g. Norgaard, Sallinen, Holmboe -- but many of them were new to me. Unfortunately, IIRC one couldn't listen before buying, so I began, as the mood hit me, to take a flier. Over time I found that the music of Norgaard and Sallinen began to pale for me, while I grew increasingly impressed by (especially) Ib Norholm (he might be described as an intriguing mix of Webern and Sibelius) (particularly impressed by
Norholm's symphonies 6 and 6, I have more of his symphonies on their way to me) and Herman Koppel and found something or more than something to interest me in the music of Jan Carlstedt, Seven-Erik Back, Anders Eliasson, Gunnar Valkare, and Victoria Borisova-Ollas. Any of these composers ring bells for anyone here, one way or the other? I should add that there are many more composers in the capacious Scandinavian modern bag that I didn't interest me at all or that I actively disliked.