Finnish composer Selim Palmgren (1878 - 1951) was, like his compatriot Uuno Klami, influenced by the French impressionists, especially Ravel. His five Piano Concertos are a happy blend of Scandinavian folk-tunefulness and impressionism. This is especially true in the delightful Second Concerto, subtitled "The River", which has a Rachmaninovian expansiveness that'd surely make it a hit with audiences... if anyone was ever this adventurous in their concert programs. The Third Concerto is subtitled "Metamorphoses" is one large movement, all derived from a single theme, with a breakneck finale that feels like Poulenc. The Piano Concerto #5 in A Major, op.99 , dating from 1941, could easily have been written forty years earlier, and again Rachmaninov rears his handsome head in the work. The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Jacques Mercier in all three works; the soloists are Juhani Lagerspetz, Matti Raekallia, and Raija Kerppo. You can read some reviews of this disc, and listen to excerpts, here .
Disc, booklet, and case are in near-mint condition.
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