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.
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.