Most of the pieces on this album have been designated 'WoO' (Works without Opus Number) or bear the numbering from the Hess catalogue of unpublished pieces. These include the piano transcription of the topically programmatic Wellington's Victory and the genial variations on Rule Britannia and God Save the King. The Marches, Menuets and Ecossaises derive from a variety of sources, while there is a strangely tragic aspect to the Waltz in C minor.
The 18 sketches listed under Bia. 96 give a fascinating picture of Beethoven experimenting with possible ideas. Varying in length, key and mood, these sketches are described by Holsbergen, co-funder with Mark Zimmer of The Unheard Beethoven, and can ve seen on Adagio and Allegro for Piano, Biamonti 96 and associated sketches (1800-1802).
In 1832 German-born Friedrich Burgmüller settled in Paris where he became internationally admired for his salon pieces and studies. Written for the burgeoning market for piano teaching material, the set of 25 Easy and Progressive Studies, Op. 100 was soon followed by the 18 Charecteristic Studies, Op. 109, a continuation of the earlier set, each piece bearing a charming title. They continue to provide a basis for teaching to this day.
Per Nørgård is regarded as the most important contemporary Danish composer, but his impressive early piano works, foreshadowing significant elements of his mature style, Have never before appeared on CD. These include the youthfully joyous and bravura Toccata and the symphonic-scaled Sonate,Op. 6 influenced by Sibelius and Holmboe. Released on NAXOS.
Edvard Grieg first met Percy Grainger in London in 1906 and the two became good friends. Grieg invited the ‘Young Apollo’ to spend the summer of 1907 with him at Troldhaugen where they revised the famous Piano Concerto in A minor. Their alterations resulted in the final edition ‘sanctioned by Grieg himself’. Norwegian composer Helge Evju has taken up the challenge to compose a work based on incomplete concerto fragments by Grieg, creating a romantic and beautiful companion.
The second released CD by Carl Petersson brings you the inspiring music of Godowsky. It received a prestigious recommendation by Fanfare, picked as the classical album of the month in Hi-Fi & Music and in Sweden the acknowledged newspaper "Göteborgsposten" called it a baffeling showcase of virtuosity.
American Record Guide does not only say that Carl executes the showmanship of the works but that he also is a very fine musician and should give Debussys preludes a go.
This album with the recordings of the two piano concertos by Friedrich von Flotow is released under the wings of Sterling Records. The album is on sale in 32 countries - among others in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, South America, Sweden, France and Germany.
Besides the piano concertos the CD also contains Flotow's orchestral pieces. The record is a world premiere, bringing the fresh works of this romantic to up-to-date listeners.