Sivelov piano concertos / Fibich Symphony No. 3 / Liszt Hexamdron / Marc-Andre hamelin / Thalberg

SIVELÖV: Concerto Classico for Piano and Orchestra , Concerto Nol 2 for Piano and Strings. Concerto No. 5 "Riddarkonserten for Piano and Brass Band.
Niklas Sivelöv, piano. Malmoö Symphony Orchestra / Livgardetsikkar / Victor Aviat / David Bjorkman, cond.
NAXOS 8.573181 TT: 65 min.
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LISZT: Hexaméron. Concert paraphrase on themes from Verdi's Ernani. Fantasy on themes from Bellini's Norma.. THALBERG: Grand Fantasy on Thtmes from Donizetti's Don Pasquale. Fantasy on Themes from Rossii's Mose.
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
HARMONIA MUNDI CDA 68320 TT: 75:04
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FIBICH: Symphony No 3 iin E minor, Op. 53. Sarka Overture, Op. 51. Boure (The Tempest), Op. 40. Act III Overture. Nevesta messinska (The Bride of Messina, Op. 18 - Funeral Mrch from Act III
Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra / Marek Stilec, cond.
NXOS 8.574120 TT: 63:21
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Swedish pianist Niklas Sivlov (b 1968) has a distinguished career in his native land and currently is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He has given many solo recitals and appeared with a numer of orchestras. On this new CD we have premiere recordings of three of his major works, outlined above. His music features brief clusters and whsps of sound that don't amoun to much, often of improvisational nature. I found all three concertos totally uninteresting; they seem endless. Surely we can assume these performances do what can be done for this music with the composer as soloist. The recordings are excellent sonically. These doubtless will be the only recordings of this music; I'm sure no other pianist would wish to play them.

 

Amazing pianist Marc-André Hamelin continues to display his total command of the ketybord and sensitive sense of dynamics on this superb new issue of opera transcriptins and fantasies. These are written by two of the legendary keyboard master rivals of he time,, Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg both of whom dazzled audiences with their virtuosity. Of particuar interest is Hexaméron, a major work suggested by Princess Cristina Trivulzio Belgiojoso in 1837. She persuaded Liszt to assemble a set of variations of the march along with five of his pianist-friends. Liszt composed the introduction, second variation, connecting sections and finale, and integrated the piece into an artistic unity. Five well-known composer-performers each contributed one variation: Frédéric Chopin, Carl Czerny, Henri Herz, Johann Peter Pixis and Sigismond Thalberg. The theme is March of the Puritans from Bellini's opera I puritani.
Princess Cristina Trivulzio Belgiojoso conceived the piece in 183. It is a set of variations of the march along with five of his pianist-friends. Liszt composed the introduction, second variation, connecting sections and finale, and integrated the piece into an artistic unity. Five well-known composer-performers each contributed one variation: Frédéric Chopin, Carl Czerny, Henri Herz, Johann Peter Pixis and Sigismond Thalberg.

Zdenek Fibich (1850 - 1900) had the misfortune of being overshadowed by his famous Czech compatriots, Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana. Fibich composed seven operas, chamber music and symphonie works including three symphonies. All have been recorded a number of times, all three on Chandos with Neemi Järvi and the Detroit Symphony. Naxos is now in the process of recording all of Fibich's symhonuic music and here complete their symphony set with Marek Silec and the fine Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra with this issue of Symphony No. 3, along with four relatively unknown orchestral pieces. While Fibish was an excellent nationalistic composer, his music generally does not match his compatriots. It is well written, melodic and melodic. Many years ago this site praised a recording of four of Fibich's lesser-known works (REVIEW). This new Naxos CD gives us an opportunity to hear more of Fibicg's rekatively unknon woks The recording was made January 2019 in Ostrava's House of Culture, and the stereo sound is excellent.

R.E.B. (August 2020