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CONTEMPORARY DANISH PIANO MUSIC

Per NØRGÅRD • Finn LYKKEBO • Lars Aksel BISGAARD


  • Carl Petersson, piano

PER NØRGÅRD is regarded as the most important contemporary Danish composer, but his impressive early piano works, foreshadowing significant elements of his mature style, have never before appeared on CD. These include the youthfully joyous and bravura Toccata and the symphonic-scaled Sonate, Op. 6 influenced by Sibelius and Holmboe. FINN LYKKEBO’S atonal Tableaux are poetic pearls of precision and economy, while the deeply symbolic and challenging Stadier and other works represent LARS AKSEL BISGAARD’S complete piano music.

Tracklist

Nørgård, Per
 
Piano Sonata (1949) (1949) (00:09:00 )
1
I. — * (00:03:30)
2
II. Pastorale. Andante - * (00:02:15)
3
III. Finale. Allegro * (00:03:16)
 
Toccata (1949) (00:09:24 )
4
Toccata (Part I) * (00:03:49)
5
Fuga * (00:02:30)
6
Toccata (Part II) * (00:03:10)
7
Piano Sonata in One Movement, Op. 6 (revised 1957 version) (1957) (00:13:23)
Lykkebo, Finn
 
Tableaux (1979) (00:10:00 )
8
No. 1. Couleurs et valses: Alla cadenza. Allegretto. Lento a la valse * (00:02:09)
9
No. 2. Les enfants: Andante * (00:01:36)
10
No. 3. Sons d'hiver: (Poco Allegro) - * (00:01:52)
11
No. 4. et les oiseaux chauds: Lento * (00:02:52)
12
No. 5. Parfums attrapées: Allegro * (00:01:25)
Bisgaard, Lars Aksel
 
Stadier, Op. 1 (1974) (00:16:15 )
13
Introduktion * (00:04:05)
14
Stadium I: Doppio movimento - * (00:02:14)
15
Stadium II: Quasi tempo primo - * (00:05:14)
16
Stadium III: Un poco meno vivo - Quasi tempo primo * (00:04:47)
17
Barcarole (1987) * (00:03:14)
18
Walking (Hommage a Thoreau) - Semplice (2014) * (00:04:59)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:06:20

The Artist

Carl Petersson graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies he took part in numerous international masterclasses in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. In 2013 he received his PhD degree from the Music Academy in Kraków. He has performed as a soloist as well as with orchestras on numerous occasions in Canada, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel.

Reviews

Piano News

“All in all this CD is an exciting and brilliantly played recording with a programme that leaves us curious to hear more of such music from Denmark.” – Piano News

“The 35-year-old Swedish pianist Carl Petersson demonstrates a great sense of command and he has an impressive technique on this CD, which seems to have been conceived from many people’s affection and care.” – Kristeligt Dagblad

“For those interested in exploring the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries in regards the Danish piano, now there’s no excuse to not. Excellent pianism, fine program notes, intriguing music, and all recorded in excellent sound—on my stereo, it sounded as though I were sitting in the same hall as the pianist. For what more could one ask?” – Fanfare

“The playing of Carl Petersson is excellent throughout. His control, especially in the faster more virtuosic sections is as measured as in the slower and more meditative moments.” – MusicWeb International