Hilding Rosenberg Piano works vol.1: Mats Widlund

Daphne 1001

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Description:

This collection provides a fascinating picture of Rosenberg's compositional development.

Plastiska Scener (1921)

Sonat nr 1 (1923)

11 små föredragsstudier (1925)

Sonat nr 3 (1926)

Improvisationer (1939)

Mats Widlund is one of the leading soloists in Sweden and performs regularly with all the major symphony orchestras in the country. His international engagements have included performances throughout Europe, in USA, Canada and Japan. The release of this recording has been made possible through the support of the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs. Critically acclaimed.


Tracklist:

Plastiska Scener (1921)
1. I Largamente [1.21]
2. II Tempo giusto [1.03]
3. III Moderato [0.37]
4. IV Lento [2.02]
5. V Quasi recit. [1.45]
6. VI Allegretto [0.19]
7. VII Presto [0.30]
8. VIII Andantino [0.45]

Sonat nr 1 (1923)
9. I Moderato espressivo [4.18]
10. II Presto [2.12]
11. III Largo recitativo [2.29]
12. IV Allegro comodo [3.24]

11 Små föredragsstudier
13. I Lungt [1.00]
14. II Livligt och älskligt [0.38]
15. III Raskt och uppsluppet [1.25]
16. IV Uttrycksfullt [1.00]
17. V Lungt löpande [1.05]
18. VI Raskt och muntert [1.20]
19. VII Lungt och stilla [1.54]
20. VIII I folkton [0.47]
21. IX Skämtsamt [1.01]
22. X Långsamt valstempo [1.20]
23. XI Drömmande [1.26]

Sonat nr 3 (1926)
24. I Andantino quasi Allegretto [3.05]
25. II Lento molto quieto [4.23]
26. III SCHERZO Presto [5.58]
27. FINALE Allegro energico [3.43]

Improvisationer (1939)
28. I Maestoso energico [0.52]
29. II Andante [1.43]
30. III Allegro [1.44]
31. IV Lento [2.00]
32. V Allegro moderato [1.01]
33. VI Moderato [2.23]
34. VII Allegro vivace [1.28]
35. VIII Maestoso energico [0.49]


Reviews:

During the 1920s Rosenberg (a man in his immortal twenties) was very productive of pianoworks.
They tumbled out in profusion and then were forgotten. He returned to piano music in thevery late 1930s and 1940s but to nowhere near the same extent.

The Plastiska Scener - an eight piece sequence - is deeply and instantly attractive: pastoral lullabies, glittering scales (the Tempo Giusto arpeggios uncannily predictive of the third movement of Bax's Winter Legends), Brahmsian concision slightly curdled, macabre brevity (the allegretto is 19 seconds long), a Presto like a truncated concert study by Frank Bridge and an unresolved andantino.

The First Sonata's somnambulistic doldrums in the first three movements and the insect scuttling of the Allegro comodo contrast with the Prokofiev-Bach confection of the Third Sonata's first movement, the thickened syllables of its Debussian lento, the sunnily smiling Scherzo and the ringing Poulencian brightness of the Allegro energico.
The Third Sonata is certainly a more accessible work although its impact is lessened by a brief recording distortion in track 26 (Scherzo) where for a few instants the sound crumbles and drops out completely.

Wind forward to 1939 and the eight Improvisations. These depart from the Schoenbergian antics of the first sonata. If anything they are Debussian (some Prokofiev in these as well) and are played by Widlund with the greatest sensitivity. Listen to his control of dynamics in the Moderato (track 33) and woodpecker brightness of Allegro Vivace (34). The opening and closing Allegro Energico has the awe and grandeur of Mussorgsky's Kiev Gate.

The eleven studies (1925) trace a charming and unsentimental line from Grieg. Sample tracks 22 and 23; the latter might almost trace a line from one of Macdowell's woodland flowers or
Peterson-Berger's delectable Frösoblosomster.

Special thanks go to the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs for their singular support for this project carried over two solo piano volumes (1001 and 1003) and into the piano concerto disc (1006).
Rob Barnett - http://www.musicweb.uk.net

Mats Widlund's recordings on daphne re-establish rosenberg's music. here are two recordings that might well become long term companions in a music lover's life.
H-G Peterson - http://www.svd.se

Music which is easy to listen to and played with both great insight and spontaneity.
Stig Jakobsson - Hifi and Music.

Widlund's interpretations are characterized by a remarkable clarity.
Björn Gustavsson - http://www.nerikes.se/


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