horizontal line

Martin Sturfält is a pianist with a fine career ahead of him. He launches headlong into the turbulent solo that opens the First Concerto of Swedish composer Adolf Wiklund (1879-1950). The first movement contains echoes of Brahms, Medtner and Tchaikovsky, while the central marries Russia to Debussian Impressionism (Pelléas in particular). Dark shadows are perfectly evoked by the orchestra (string portamento is used expressively).

The later Second Concerto is more sophisticated. This is a firmly constructed piece with a lovely central movement, complete with Rachmaninov bell gestures and radiant harmonic arrivals. In his excellent booklet notes, Sturfält refers to the Konsertstycke as ‘organically fluent’, and this is certainly true, but this is a junior piece (1902), and in comparison with the other two items, it shows. Although Ingemar Edgren has recorded both concertos (on a Capriccio LP), this Hyperion issue is the one to have.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica

   Read full review   

To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.

Read more classical music reviews online here:

Piano International, 2012 - ©Rhinegold Publishing