Volume 57 in Hyperions Romantic Piano Concerto series turns up another discovery: the music of Swedish composer Adolf Wiklund. These little-known but lusciously tuneful works are characterized by big-boned, symphonic gestures reminiscent of Rachmaninov, yet tempered with the Nordic clarity of Grieg. Wiklunds two piano concertos are central to his output, and in fact they enjoyed considerable popularity in Sweden until as recently as fifty years ago, when modernist sensibilities deemed them unfashionable. This glittering performance from Martin Sturfält and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, directed by brilliant violinist-turned-conductor Andrew Manze, is bound to bring this unfairly neglected music back into general currency.
This is a fabulous and very worthy addition to a series that shows no signs yet of diminishing returns; long may it continue. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR, June'12
Martin Sturfalt plays all three works with magnificent aplomb, his energy and palpable enthusiasm matched by Andrew Manze and his players. --Gramophone,Aug'12