Schwedische Spätromantik Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871–1927) gehört zu den wichtigsten Komponisten Schwedens und war zu Lebzeiten eine hoch geachtete Persönlichkeit des skandinavischen Musiklebens. Sein Schaffen ist stilistisch in der Spätromantik verwurzelt und weist eine außergewöhnlich hohe Qualität auf. Die beiden Klavierkonzerte Stenhammars wurden mit der großartigen Pianistin Seta Tanyel bei Hyperion zum ersten Mal gemeinsam eingespielt.
Welcome to a genuinely outstanding disc in the Romantic Piano Concerto series. Sometimes the works found along the unfrequented byways of the Romantic piano tradition can exhibit no more than surface brilliance, but that cannot be said of these two splendid concertos by Stenhammar, recorded for the first time together on one CD.
The original orchestration of Stenhammar’s Piano Concerto No 1 is recorded here: a version which was long thought lost when the publishers were bombed during the second world war – a copy of the original was discovered in the Library of Congress in 1983. The twenty-two year old’s Opus 1 is a masterpiece, majestic and virtuosic at its opening; bringing the listener into a world of Nordic mystery at the start of the third movement; the finale ending with music of sad, reflective sweetness. The second concerto is a distinctly different work, with an novel, some have said ‘improvised’, structure, and a sense of tension between soloist and orchestra which is only resolved in the glorious virtuosic finale.
Hyperion is delighted to present the distinguished musician Andrew Manze in his new incarnation as a conductor. Directing the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, he is truly a force to be reckoned with. Pianist Seta Tanyel has featured on previous RPC recordings, always gaining the highest critical acclaim; however her magnificent playing on this new disc transcends her previous achievements.
'This is a piece certainly worth having. Seta Tanyel is in full command of the pianistic demands, and Andrew Manze conducts the Helsingborg orchestra with finesse and energy' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Each piece is a fine, distinctive work, embodying many of the central qualities of this distinguished musician … Splendidly played by the Turkish / Armenian pianist Seta Tanyel and well backed by Andrew Manze' (The Dominion Post, New Zealand)
'Andrew Manze incisively shapes Stenhammar's sonorous woodwind writing, and the Helsingborg Symphony strings boast superior presence and heft' (ClassicsToday. com)
'Tanyel, backed by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, turns in a wondrous performance… an ear opener that will whet your appetite for more… this set is a winner… Simply tremendous' (Midwest Record Review, USA)
FonoForum 02/10: "Seta Tanyel, eine brillante Pianistin
mit ausgesprochen kraftvollem Anschlag und zupackendem
Temperament, und das unter seinem Chefdirigenten Andrew
Manze hervorragend disponierte Helsingborgs
Symfoniorkester offenbaren viel Sinn für diese Musik."