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Franz Berwald

Franz Berwald

(1796 - 1868)

Franz Adolf Berwald (July 23, 1796 - April 3, 1868) was a Swedish Romantic composer of opera, chamber music, and symphonies. Though his compositions were well received in Germany and Austria, his works were not appreciated in his native Sweden during his lifetime, and so he made his vocation orthopedic surgery.

Though he was never able to devote himself entirely to compositions, his works display a great craftsmanship. He was innovative in the structuring of his symphonies, and he provided both inspiration to and influence on Swedish composers of later generations such as Ludvig Norman, Tor Aulin, and Wilhelm Stenhammar.

Recommended Recordings

Chamber Music

BIS CD-759
Piano Trios #1-3/Naxos 8.223170
Ilona Prunyi (piano), András Kiss (violin), Csaba Onczay (cello)
String Quartets #1-3/BIS CD-759
Yggdrasil Quartet
Complete Piano Quintets/Naxos 8.553970
Bengt-Åke Lundin (piano)/Uppsala Chamber Soloists
Quartet for Piano & Winds; Quintet for Piano & Strings; Septet for Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Cello & Bass/Koch CD310056H1
Werner Genuit (piano)/Consortium Classicum

Symphonies (1-4)

EMI Double Forte CZS573335-2
4 Symphonies #1-4, Tone Poems/EMI Double Forte CZS573335-2
Ulf Björlin/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2 Symphonies #1 & 2, "Estrella de Soria"/Naxos 8.553051
Okko Kamu/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
2 Symphonies #3 & 4, Piano Concerto/Naxos 8.553052
Okko Kamu/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
4 Symphonies, Tone Poems & Overtures/Hyperion CDD22043
Roy Goodman/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
4 Symphonies #1 "Serieuse", #2 "Capricieuse", #3 "Singulière" and #4 "Naïve"/Deutsche Grammophon 415502-2
Neeme Järvi /Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra