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Stenhammar: Piano Concertos no 1 & 2 / Seta Tanyel, Andrew Manze, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 1
>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 23
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Notes & Reviews:

These two splendid concertos by Stenhammar are offered together on one CD for the first time. The original orchestration of Stenhammar's first concerto was long thought to be lost when the offices of the publisher were bombed during the Second World War. However, in 1983 a copy of the original was found in the Library of Congress and this version is featured here. The twenty-two year old's opus one is a masterpiece. Majestic and virtuosic at its opening, the work explores a world of Nordic mystery in the third movement and ends with music of sad, reflective sweetness. The second concerto is a distinctly different work, with a novel structure and a steady tension between soloist and orchestra that is only resolved in the virtuosic finale. Andrew Manze, makes his Hyperion debut directing the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Seta Tanyel has featured on previous RPC recordings, always gaining the highest critical acclaim.

"With good liner notes and attractive sound, this is definitely a release followers of the "Romantic Piano Concerto" series will treasure."-Fanfare

'Hyperion's 49th is a real humdinger ... [Second Concerto] Few will be able to resist the tumultous finale. Manze was a shrewd choice of conductor, as was Seta Tanyel as soloist, a pianist whose lyrical grace is matched by a no-holds-barred bravura and an innate sparkle that makes her the preferred choice over the excellent Mats Widlund in the First Concerto (Chandos). The recorded sound is of Hyperion's usual high standard' (Gramophone)

'Wilhelm Stenhammar's two piano concertos are astonishing works, and their neglect outside the composer's native Sweden is shameful. As with much of his output, they derive their complexity and strength from his need to find an individual voice while also staking a claim for a place in the evolving symphonic tradition that includes Beethoven and Brahms. The latter's Second Piano Concerto was Stenhammar's structural starting point in each instance, but while his vast First Concerto (1893) swerves between the enormity of epic and the intimacy of folk song, the taut, embattled Second (1909) places piano and orchestra in terse opposition until the tension is eventually released in one of the most forceful slow movements ever composed. The performances, bigger in scope and scale than any we've heard before, are exceptional. The soloist is Seta Tanyel, formidable in her declamatory intensity and lyrical weight. Andrew Manze, meanwhile, conducts with steely commitment' (The Guardian)

'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)

'Stenhammar's concertos embrace traditional concerto forms with flair and lyricism ... charm, virtuosity, melodiousness and drama. Tanyel's fiery vigour is fabulous and the orchestra plays ample tribute to its fellow countryman under the impressive baton of Briton Andrew Manze' (Classic FM Magazine)

'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)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsingborg Concert Hall, Sweden (11/24/2008-11/28/2008).



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>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 1
  • Performer: Seta Tanyel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 45 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1893

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Seta Tanyel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Running Time: 28 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1904-1907