The 12 Keyboard Suites

Daphne 1041

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Description:

Johan Helmich Roman “the Father of Swedish Music”
There are gaps in the available recordings of his works. One outstanding instance being
the music chosen for this production: “12 Suites for Keyboard Instrument”. Like,
say, the music of J. S. Bach, which is very often performed on a modern grand piano,
Roman’s music sounds both natural and living when played on modern instruments.
This music needs to be brought to life for a new generation of record listeners and
repertoire-questing pianists, both in Sweden and further afield. Then there will be no
reason for not expecting Roman’s name to have a chance of emerging from its
remarkable obscurity as that of a composer for keyboard instruments and acquiring
international standing, thereby reinstating him as “the Swedish virtuoso”.


Tracklist:

CD 1

Suite I in Eb Major, BeRI 225

1 Allegro

2 Adagio

3 Non tanto

4 Vivace

 

Suite II in D Major BeRI 226

5 *

6 Lento non troppo

7 Allegro moderato

8 Non troppo allegro

9 Presto

 

Suite III in G Major BeRI 227

10 Largo

11 *

12 Allegretto

13 Allegro assai

14 Menuet

 

Suite IV in D Major BeRI 228

15 Lento

16 Carillon, Allegro

17 Non troppo adagio

18 *

19 Allegretto

20 Presto

21 Villanella

 

Suite V in G minor BeRI 229

22 Con spirito

23 *

24 Lento

25 Vivace

26 Lento

27 Andante

 

Suite VI in Bb Major BeRI 230

28 *

29 Andante

30 Vivace

 

 

 

 

CD 2

 

Suite VII in F Major BeRI 231

1 Moderato

2 Vivace

3 Allegro

 

Suite VIII in A Major BeRI 232

4 Commodo

5 Lento

6 Vivace

7 Scozzese Vivace

 

Suite IX in D Minor BeRI 233

8 *

9 Adagio

10 *

11 Lento

 

Suite X in B Minor BeRI 234

12Adagio

13 Come Alla breve

14 *

15 *

16 Tempo di Minuetto

 

Suite XI in F Minor BeRI 235

17 *

18 *

19 Lento poco

20 *

 

Suite XII in E Minor BeRI 236

21 Allegro

22 *

23 *

 

* Without expression marking


Reviews:

 

“Ekberg succesfully highlights the delicate musical idiom and the charm of these unjustly neglected keyboard pieces.”

Ulf Gustavsson, UNT

 

“Ekberg plays with pregnant touch and focus on rhythmic drive [...] Not a day to soon for this Swedish musical treasure to be recorded for posterity. I hope that it reaches far beyond the national borders and attracts interest for Romans music among pianists around the world. “

Måns Uggla, Nerikes allehanda

 

“A much anticipated groundbreaking effort, especially as Ekberg’s personal commitment permeats his interpretations, thus making the music come alive.”

Stig Johansson HiFi

 

“It is hard to imagine how anyone could be better prepared for the task, and Oskar fills Roman’s music with refinement and colour [...] One of the most exciting releases to come out of Sweden this year.”

Jan-Erik Zandersson, Nya Upplagan

 

Pianist Oskar Ekberg is a marvelous pianist. Perhaps he is by a thin margin less accomplished when compared to players who are the cream of the Scarlatti performance crop. Still, his performances of these suites are superb. He obviously loves this music, and I’m confident that he will make you love it too.

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Buy the record here:

http://cdon.eu/music/roman_j_h/12_keyboard_suites-19349141

Website:

http://www.oskarekberg.com/en/

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