SELIM PALMGREN (1878-1951): Piano Concertos No. 1, No. 2 “The River” and No. 3 “Metamorphoses”, 7 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 78.

Catalogue Number: 09S002

Label: Alba

Reference: ABCD 385

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $18.98

Description: For those of you who don’t have the Finlandia recordings of these concertos from the mid 90s, this new recording will introduce you to Palmgren’s condensed version of “The Romantic Piano Concerto”: in single-movement form of 15-, 18- and 23-minute length (in ascending numerical order), the composer begins in mid-19th century virtuoso style with No. 1 (1905), adds a Nordic, Sibelian quality and mixes it with Rachmaninov in the portrait of the river flowing through his home town of Pori (1912) and reaches a conspicuously brilliant piano style in the 1916 Metamorphoses whose delirious reception at its Helsinki premiere had only been previously experiened by Sibelius. Church melodies are the source of 1 and 3 and a Swedish folk tun in The River. Presumably, the other two concertos will follow. The 15 minutes of violin pieces are a more than enjoyable bonus. Henri Sigfridsson (piano), Pori Sinfonietta; Jan Söderblom (conductor, violin).

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