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PALMGREN, SELIM (1878–1951)

Complete Piano Works • 3


  • Jouni Somero, piano

Selim Palmgren, a student of Busoni, was one of the leading Nordic composers during the first decades of the 20th century. His wide-ranging music for piano was performed and recorded by some of the greatest artists of the day. This third volume in the first complete cycle of Palmgren’s piano music on disc includes a varied cross-section of works written over a 50-year period. It includes the youthful Lyriskt intermezzo, Op. 8, romantic miniatures of great charm—as well as one of his greatest achievements, the atmospheric suite Kevät (‘Spring’), in which impressionist elements fuse with rich Finnish folk melody.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D

Tracklist

 
3 Klavierstücke, Op. 4 (1893-c1900) (00:07:00 )
1
No. 1. Consolation (00:01:36)
2
No. 2. Scherzo (00:02:50)
3
No. 3. Sonette (00:02:08)
 
Lyriskt intermezzo, Op. 8 (1899-1900) (00:15:00 )
4
No. 1. Kärlekstanke (Love Thoughts) (00:01:01)
5
No. 2. Nycker (Whimsy) (00:01:06)
6
No. 3. Sorg (Sorrow) (00:02:03)
7
No. 4. Vita liljor (White Lilies) (00:02:09)
8
No. 5. Koketteri (Dalliance) (00:01:31)
9
No. 6. Från gamla tider (From Old Times) (00:01:10)
10
No. 7. Intermezzo (00:03:14)
11
No. 8. Finale (00:01:53)
12
Barcarolle, Op. 14 () (00:05:53)
13
Tanssiaskelia (Dance Steps) (c1936) (00:00:20)
14
Sydänmaan laulu (Song of Wilderness) (1927) (00:01:09)
15
Gavotte et Musette (1898) (00:04:26)
 
Kevät (Spring), Op. 27, "Toukokuu" (May) (1906-1908?) (00:06:00 )
16
No. 1. Praeludium (00:02:46)
17
No. 2. Hyljätyn laulu (Song of the Abandoned) (00:02:01)
18
No. 3. Sudenkorento (The Dragonfly) (00:01:37)
19
No. 4. Toukokuun yö (May Night) (00:03:01)
20
No. 5. Tanssi-intermezzo (Dance Intermezzo) (00:02:28)
21
No. 6. Barcarolle (00:02:57)
22
No. 7. Postludium (00:00:57)
 
Sol och skyar (Sun and Clouds), Op. 102 (1942) (00:20:00 )
23
No. 1. Nyårsringning, Januari (New Year's Bells, January) (00:01:15)
24
No. 2. Mot ljuset, Februari (Towards the Light, February) (00:01:42)
25
No. 3. Vårbrytning, Mars (Break of Spring, March) (00:01:26)
26
No. 4. Ostadigt, April (Unsteadily, April) (00:01:01)
27
No. 5. Majsol ler, Maj (May Sun Smiles, May) (00:02:16)
28
No. 6. Kring midsommarstången, Juni (Around the Maypole, June) (00:01:28)
29
No. 7. På höängen, Juli (On the Hay, July) (00:00:52)
30
No. 8. Båtfärd i augusti, Augusti (Boat Trip in August) (00:01:35)
31
No. 9. Sommarns sista ros, September (The Last Rose of Summer, September) (00:02:37)
32
No. 10. Mot mörker, Oktober (Towards Darkness, October) (00:01:36)
33
No. 11. Kala träd, November (Bare Trees, November) (00:02:08)
34
No. 12. Frid på jorden, December (Peace on Earth, December) (00:01:35)
35
Intermezzo for the Left Hand (c1904) (00:01:44)
Total Time: 01:09:31

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.