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PALMGREN, SELIM (1878–1951)

Complete Piano Works • 1


  • Jouni Somero, piano

Selim Palmgren, a native of Finland and a student of Busoni, was one of the most prominent and prolific Nordic composer-pianists since Edvard Grieg, with works that were widely performed by some of the most notable concert pianists of his day. From early pieces influenced by Chopin via the tour de force of his only surviving Piano Sonata, to the darker Autumn Prologue – this is the first volume of a complete edition that includes première recordings of unpublished works, showcasing every side of Palmgren’s varied character.

Tracklist

1
Souvenir de Chopin (1892) (00:01:41)
2
Intermezzo (1895) (1895) (00:00:53)
3
Aria (1904) (00:03:41)
4
Prélude, Op. 1, No. 1 (c1896) (00:01:55)
5
Illusion, Op. 1, No. 2 (1897) (00:03:01)
6
Etude, Op. 1, No. 3 (c1898) (00:01:04)
 
3 Klaverstycken (3 Piano Pieces), Op. 2 (1898?) (00:06:00 )
7
No. 1. Berceuse (00:01:57)
8
No. 2. Élégie (00:02:30)
9
No. 3. Vals-Intermezzo (00:01:15)
10
Tuutulaulu (Cradle Song, Refrain de Berceau) (version for piano) (1903?) (00:03:13)
11
Syysproloogi (Autumn Prologue) (c1926) (00:03:48)
12
Studie (1906) (00:01:02)
 
Finnische Lyrik: 12 Klavierstücke (Finnish Lyric Pieces: 12 Pieces for Piano), Op. 22 (c1908) (00:24:00 )
13
No. 1. Ländliches Bild (Maalaiskuvaus, Pastorale) (00:02:12)
14
No. 2. Finnische Volksweise (Suomalainen kansanlaulu, Popular Song of Finland) (00:01:47)
15
No. 3. Paganini (Pieni harjoitelma, Little Study) (00:00:55)
16
No. 4. Humor (Huumoria, Fun) (00:01:01)
17
No. 5. Die Glockenblumen (Sinikellot, The Bell-flowers) (00:02:30)
18
No. 6. Gavotte and Musette (00:02:34)
19
No. 7. Polska (Finnischer Volkstanz, Dance of Finland) (00:01:15)
20
No. 8. Lenznacht (Kevätyö, Spring Night) (00:03:56)
21
No. 9. Serenade (Ständchen) (00:02:06)
22
No. 10. Walzer aus Österbotten (Pohjalainen valssi, Waltz from Ostrobothnia) (00:01:28)
23
No. 11. Einsames Lied (Yksinäisen laulu, Solitary Song) (00:01:48)
24
No. 12. Frühlingseinzug (Kevään tulo, Spring's Arrival) (00:01:40)
 
Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 11 (1901) (00:16:00 )
25
I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro (00:06:09)
26
II. Un poco moderato (00:04:50)
27
III. Finale: Molto allegro con spirito (00:04:59)
Total Time: 01:05:10

The Artist(s)

Jouni Somero Jouni Somero is one of the most active performers among present Finnish musicians. He has given over 3,100 concerts in many countries worldwide.

The Composer(s)

Selim Palmgren During the first decades of the past century Selim Palmgren, a pupil of Ferruccio Busoni and Conrad Ansorge, was undoubtedly one of the most performed Nordic composers of piano music. His piano works, including hundreds of pieces and five piano concertos, were being widely performed, and even recorded, by some of the greatest pianists of the era, including Ignaz Friedman, Myra Hess, Wilhelm Backhaus, Benno Moiseiwitch and conducted by star conductors the likes of Arthur Nikisch, Leopold Stokowski and Václav Talich, to name a few. Palmgren’s music was being widely published and distributed by well-known music publishers both in the US and in Europe.