TURE RANGSTRÖM (1884-1947): Ballad for Piano and Orchestra, ADOLF WIKLUND (1879-1950): Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 1, LUDVIG NORMAN (1831-1885): Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54.

Catalogue Number: 04N003

Label: Sterling

Reference: CDS-1095-2

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: Presumably these are all at least CD premieres if not first recordings. The most conservative is the rather Schumannian piece by Norman, a youthful work of 1850 written under the influence of Schumann's piano concerto which survived two revisions in 1875 and 1880. The Wiklund, as you can tell by its opus number is also a starter work (1903), a calling card by a first-rate pianist who also wants to show what he can do with orchestration. Rangström, of course, is the outlier, his 1909 work having been revised in 1937 to such an extent that it sounds completely like the mature composer: rugged and original with a wild character stemming from its inspiration - dark Celtic legends of yore not specified so that the listener can apply his own imagination during its 22-minute length. Maria Verbaite (piano), NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra; B Tommy Andersson.


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