Bartokfan, thanks for the recommendations and the nice summary. It's good to hear from someone else who appreciates Pettersson's music. I have very little of Schnitke's work in my collection, I shall have to seek out some more of his work.
Rushton, I have found both the Segerstam/BIS very good, with the CPO series to be near equal. In fact comparing the 2 make a pointless case. Segerstam takes a more civil approach, CPO more gutsy. I have accepted Segerstam's handling only til recently. The notes to the 7th/BIS makes a slight mention of Segerstams' "more forgiving" approach. You may find that only one works for you. I'm a very devoted Pettersson fan so can accept both.
Bot to say that I agree with every recording in the 7th. The Dorati is most popular and highly praised, with the Stockholm. But it didn't dio much for me. The Comissiona live/Swedish RSO neither, its good, but not necessary with comparison to the CPO and BIS.
Basically there are only the CPO and BIS releases, can't go wrong with either.
I could go on about the significance of Pettersson for modern man's predictment, but this is not the forum to do so. Neither are classical music forum s a place to open up talking about the meaning and depths to Pettersson. They prefer their Beethoven :-)
Another master composer you really want to consider is Alfred Schnittke. Probably the most profound composer that I know. Schnittke was also a very deep thinker, as revealed in the book, A Schnittke Reader.
The first 30 pages are an interview with Schnittke on music and modern man's dilema.
Pick up a copy of the Concerto Grosso this weekend, follow up with a post.
i'd like to hear about your experience.
Both Schnittke and Pettersson were heirs to Shostakovich, and at times surpass the great master. Yet I don't draw a line of sepatation between the 3, as all threr stand as memvers of a spiritual family, beginning with Vivaldi, Corelli, Bach, many others, then going through Mozart, Haydn and continuing on.
Opps, where does Beethoven fit in...gee, he's in that line of course but has to bow before Mozart, with genuine respect.