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