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Sonatas by Scarlatti & Mendelssohn – Sveinung Bjelland

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas E Major K 531 · F sharp Major K 318 · A Major K 533 · B Minor K 87 · E Major K 380 · G Major K 427 · G Minor K 476 · F Major K 44 · F Minor K 481 · C Major K 499 · Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in E Majormore…, op.6

Sveinung Bjelland, piano

– Much as I admire Murray Perahia’s extraordinary poise and refined fingerwork in the Mendelssohn sonata, Bjelland digs a little deeper. [10/10 ClassicsToday.com]

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The gallant style in pianism

Has it ever occurred to you that there might be a connection between the piano styles of Domenico Scarlatti and Felix Mendelssohn? Sveinung Bjelland makes a very strong case for a style gallant in his solo debut on CD – performed with all the delicacy and élan you could imagine.

Scarlatti wrote his sonatas for different instruments than the modern grand piano, but still these pieces have established themselves on the repertoire with an exclusive selection of pianists, headed of course by Vladimir Horowitz. Sveinung Bjelland perceives a stylistic idiom beginning with Scarlatti, and continued in the works of, among others, Clementi and Hummel before reaching one of its last exponents in Mendelssohn, whose own career developed from this ‘style galant’ towards a more orchestral approach to the piano. For sure, his name is forever linked to the Bach revival, but he also made meticulous studies of Scarlatti.

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Has it ever occurred to you that there might be a connection between the piano styles of Domenico Scarlatti and Felix Mendelssohn? Sveinung Bjelland makes a very strong case for a style gallant in his solo debut on CD – performed with all the delicacy and élan you could imagine.

Established

Although this is Sveinung Bjelland’s first release with solo piano music, he has already received critical acclaim for his concerto and chamber recordings, most recently for a release together with clarinettist Fredrik Fors in ‘Les nouveaux musiciens’ series on Harmonia Mundi. Bjelland performs as soloist with all the Norwegian orchestras, coming up this season is Chopin’s E minor with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Mozart Double Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Fresh and characteristic

Sveinung Bjelland is one of those remarkable pianists with the ability to leave his audible watermark in every thing he plays – a warm, singing and sustained brilliance – refreshingly recognisable in today’s jungle of pianists. As a performer he radiates that profound confidence found also with other soloists on the highest level, the kind of confidence that makes an audience follow wherever the musical journey is going.

Domenico Scarlatti |Felix Mendelssohn |Martin Sauer |Sveinung Bjelland

Release date: 16.01.2006

EAN : 7033662012947

Cat.No.: PSC1294

Priskategori : CD