Symphony No. 3; Sinfonietta; Serenade and Divertimento
Chandos CHSA 5194
Iceland National Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Rumon Gamba.
Symphony No. 3; Sinfonietta; Serenade and Divertimento.
The march from Serenade became famous because it was used as the signature tune for Monitor, a cultural programme on BBC television, which aired from the late ‘50s to the mid ‘60s. Wiren’s work is not unlike that of Carl Nielsen and makes a pleasant change from the same tunes trotted out daily by Classic FM.
Scandinavia’s most famous musical son was Edvard Grieg but it also produced several less-well-known tuneful composers, of which Wiren is one. Try him.
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