Only 19 years old, more or less directly from his debut as a concert pianist in his hometown of Trondheim, Thomas D. A. Tellefsen traveled to remote Paris to further his studies in music. Immensely talented, Thomas quickly made his way to the inner circles of this musical metropolis, and in 1844 he was introduced to Fréderic Chopin.
An opus list of 44
Thomas Tellefsen’s production holds 44 opus, and in our series of Scandinavian premier recordings Nordic Edition, we now release the first of three planned discs with his music: The Chamber Works, The Piano Concertos, Walzes – Nocturnes – Mazurkas.
A true virtuoso
Tellefsen himself was a true virtuoso of the piano – something the piano parts of his works also verifies. If you put this fact together with the very interesting combination of continental and Norwegian influences that characterizes Tellefsen’s music, pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg stands out as the ideal ‘Tellefsen ambassador’ today. His international success with recordings of the complete works of Grieg, Sæverud and Halfdan Kjerulf (Simax 2001 PSC 1225) is really outstanding. On this recording he is joined by violinist Atle Sponberg and cellist Øystein Birkeland, and together they give the fresh and romantic air of Tellefsen’s music the best presentation possible – making Thomas Dycke Ackland Tellefsen the greatest rediscovery from Norway in 2004!