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  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Composer: Adolf Wiklund
  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B007RV4B3C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 10 - Martin Sturfalt/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
2. Konsertstycke in C major Op 1 - Martin Sturfalt/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
3. Piano Concerto No 2 in B minor Op 17 - Martin Sturfalt/Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

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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.

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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

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By someonewhocares2 on 11 Jun. 2012
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Adolf Wiklund was a Swedish composer, conductor and pianist, born in Varmland in 1879. He trained at the Royal Music Conservatory in Stockholm where his most important mentor was Stenhammar. Although Wiklund had planned on an international career and spent time in France and Germany, in 1911 he was lured back to Sweden by the offer of a conducting post at the Stockholm Royal Opera. Wiklund was always busy as a performer and was not a prolific composer but his music was highly regarded in his time and the Second Piano Concerto was briefly in Wilhelm Backhaus's repertoire. Wiklund died in Stockholm in 1950.

As you would expect, on the evidence of these concertos, Wiklund did not have a distinctive style. He wrote in a fairly anonymous and eclectic late-Romantic idiom, though his harmony shows the influence of twentieth century trends. Wiklund was a fine orchestrator though not a particularly colourful one. There is virtually no percussion, for example. In general, his music inhabits a Germanic rather than a Slavonic sound world though in places it also shows, perhaps surprisingly, the influence of Impressionism. Wiklund was capable of writing strong extended lyrical melodies in the manner of Rachmaninov but they are often stepwise and not strongly characterized rhythmically. As a result, they are a little elusive. That, together with Wiklund's fluid approach to melodic development, means that you will need to listen to this disc several times to grasp his musical thought. The rewards will be considerable, however.

The First Concerto dates from 1906-1907. Its 13 1/2 minute first movement follows the usual sonata structure. The soloist enters at once with a fine melody which is given a turbulent accompaniment. A linking figure is to feature prominently in the development.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Guy Mannering VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2012
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I first heard Wiklund's E minor concerto listening to Classic FM in the car. They had just played the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto and the Barber Adagio for the zillionth time and I was despairing of ever hearing anything new or fresh when, unannounced, this big bold piano theme came leaping out of the speakers and grabbed my attention. And it wasn't Rachmaninov's 2nd (which I was half expecting, this being Classic FM.) It was the opening to Wiklund's 1st piano concerto, and I was so taken by it that when I got to the shops I sat in the carpark for 10 minutes while the first movement played itself out. Wiklund went straight onto my Amazon wish list.

Wiklund's two piano concertos are turbulent, rhapsodic, lushly orchestrated late romantic works with some striking thematic material. I was particularly impressed by the second movement of the 1st concerto which eschews the Chopinesque filigree you often encounter in the slow movements of these forgotten romantic concertos, opening instead in a highly atmospheric nocturnal mood with a drum beating a soft tattoo in the background. According to pianist Martin Sturfalt in his excellent notes to this release, Wiklund shows here the influence of Debussy and his Pelleas et Melisande. Wiklund's music has been aptly described as eclectic, showing not only French influences but German, Russian, Slavic and of course Nordic influences all skilfully assimilated. But what I also kept getting hints of, listening to these two works, was the film music of the 30s, 40s and 50s, especially those cinematic pastiche concertos in the style of Rachmaninov, although both these works predate the advent of the talkies.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Another Winner in the Hyperion Series! 27 Aug. 2012
By baroquemusician - Published on Amazon.com
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I have acquired most of the CD's in the on going Romantic Piano Concerto from Hyperion. Most are top notch. A few are curiosities. Still, I am able to glean something positive from each disc in this outstanding series. This latest issue, #57, is a standout. If like Rachmaninoff and Steinhammer you'll get hooked on this offering. Wiklund's concerti are big, sinewy; he knew how to spin a melody, milking it for all its worth. Lush, romantic, rhapsodic. It's not hard to hear why Wiklund's works were regularly played and highly regarded at the turn of the last century. This disc is a tour-de-force. Virtuosic performances from Martin Sturfalt and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Top notch sound. Amazing. In my top five in the series.
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I was pleasantly astounded....... 23 Aug. 2012
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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to review this disc (57) in the long history of Hyperions ROMANTIC CONCERTO series. Like the others, the sonic quality, soundstage and engineering was terrific not to mention the pianists technical skills. This disc should be a revelation testament to the composer who sadly is little known. Three cheers.
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deja entendu! 19 Nov. 2013
By Zigeunerweisen - Published on Amazon.com
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I was glad to be introduced to a composer whose works weren't known to me. Or perhaps they have been? At 15:17 during Konsertstyke in C major (track 4) there is an unmistakable resemblance to the theme from "Star Wars."
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Forgettable 23 July 2012
By sergei kochkin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have listened to this twice like all Hyperion albums in this series. It was so unremarkable that I cannot remember a single thing about this piece of music, like many in the Hyperion series. Mediocre but worth a listen if you are curious to hear something new.
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