Palmgren: Sonata in D minor, May Night & 24 Preludes

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Palmgren: Sonata in D minor, May Night & 24 Preludes



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2nd July 2012




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Palmgren: Sonata in D minor, May Night & 24 Preludes


Sonata in D minor, Op. 11

May Night, Op. 27 No. 4

Preludes (24), Op. 17

Henri Sigfridsson (piano)



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This CD features Finnish pianist Henri Sigfridsson performing works by Finnish composer Selim Palmgren.

Selim Palmgren (1878–1951) is regarded as the most important post-romantic composer for piano in Finland. The core of his output is formed by his five piano concertos and more than 300 small pieces for piano.

The Sonata in D minor is Palmgren’s most extensive work for piano and it was hailed as a milestone in Finnish music.

Henri Sigfridsson (b. 1974) is one of the major Finnish musical talents of his generations and has built up a successful international career.

Selim Palmgren: Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 11

I. Un poco sostenuto

II. Un poco moderato

III. Finale: Molto allegro con spirito

Selim Palmgren: Toukokuu, Op. 27

Toukokuu, Op. 27: No. 4. Kevatyo May night

Selim Palmgren: 24 Preludes, Op. 17

No. 1. Andante

No. 2. Kansan tapaan

No. 3. Allegretto con grazia

No. 4. Tempo di valse (poco moderato)

No. 5. Presto

No. 6. Sarabande: Andante cantabile

No. 7. Un poco mosso

No. 8. Allegro feroce

No. 9. Cradle Song

No. 10. Kansan tapaan

No. 11. Unikuva

No. 12. The Sea

No. 13. Veloce

No. 14. Pesante

No. 15. Piiritanssi

No. 16. Andante con moto

No. 17. Allegro agitato

No. 18. Duo: Rubato

No. 19. Bird Song

No. 20. In memoriam: Lugubre

No. 21. Un poco mosso

No. 22. Kansan tapaan

No. 23. Venezia: Malinconico

No. 24. The War

BBC Music Magazine

October 2012


“Palmgren has a powerful voice...and demands just the kind of full-blooded, many-faceted performance that Sigfridsson delivers.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2012

“I found myself longing for music of greater substance and flavour. What is unarguable is the quality of Sigfridsson's performances, which are uniformly superb...I hope he will go on to give us further recordings from Palmgren's 300 or so piano works.”

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