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Stenhammar: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 -Romantic Piano Concerto vol. 49
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Stenhammar: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 -Romantic Piano Concerto vol. 49
Genre: Classical
 
These two splendid concertos by Stenhammar are offered together on one CD for the first time. The original orchestration of Stenhammar's first concerto was long thought to be lost when the offices of the publisher were bom...  more »

     
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All Artists: Seta Tanyel
Title: Stenhammar: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 -Romantic Piano Concerto vol. 49
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Label: Hyperion
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 11/10/2009
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 034571177502

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These two splendid concertos by Stenhammar are offered together on one CD for the first time. The original orchestration of Stenhammar's first concerto was long thought to be lost when the offices of the publisher were bombed during the second world war. However, in 1983 a copy of the original was found in the Library of Congress and this version is featured here. The twenty-two year old's opus one is a masterpiece. Majestic and virtuosic at its opening, the work explores a world of Nordic mystery in the third movement and ends with music of sad, reflective sweetness. The second concerto is a distinctly different work, with a novel structure and a steady tension between soloist and orchestra that is only resolved in the virtuosic finale. Andrew Manze makes his Hyperion debut directly the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Seta Tanyel has been featured on previous Romantic Piano Concerto recordings, always gaining the highest critical acclaim.
 

CD Reviews

Stenhammar Concertos Together
Hegelian | Concord, MA USA | 01/04/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Stenhammar's two piano concertos are delightful, especially the beautiful and melodic Number 1. This is the first recording I am aware of to put both concertos on a single disc.

Turkish pianist Seta Tanyel, whose reputation rests chiefly on an outstanding series of recordings of Polish romantic piano works and concertos. These new recordings were made in November, 2008.

Ms. Tanyel has the technical and emotional depth to tackle these works and she does a fine job. Unfortunately, there are two problems. The orchestra, while it makes a good effort, is just not a first-rate ensemble. The melodies in the first concerto call for lush string sound that isn't there. Tempos seem slow--as though the orchestra couldn't handle anything faster. From an orchestral standpoint, then, these are merely acceptable performances. Things do improve in the second concerto, and I think I prefer this performancve overall to Ortiz on BIS.

Second, the overly reverberant recording sometimes makes it hard to hear what's going on.

This disc can be recommended as an introduction to these works. But if you want the best performance and recording available of the first concerto, stick with Widlund on Chandos. We can only hope, however, to hear more from Ms. Tanyel."