Stenhammar: Piano Concerto No. 1

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COMPOSERS: Stenhammar
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Piano Concerto No. 1
PERFORMER: Mats Widlund (piano)Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvensky
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9074 DDD
Wilhelm Stenhammar is hardly a household name now, but in his day he enjoyed considerable success not only in his native Sweden but also in Germany.

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The manuscript of the concerto was destroyed during the Second World War, and a reconstruction was used for many years. This new recording, however, is based on a manuscript copy which has been rediscovered in America.

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It’s hardly a major discovery, but it is an attractive enough piece. Mats Widlund is a persuasive soloist, and the work has been well recorded. As a bonus, Chandos has appended the impetuous opening bars of Stenhammar’s projected Third Symphony. Misha Donat