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Hubert Culot
MusicWeb International, November 2012

Palmgren’s…Sonata Op.11 is a remarkably assured piece of music, not only as to the piano writing but also the quality and memorable fibre of the thematic content. It is obviously an ambitious work that achieves its goal within a relatively short time span and with great formal clarity.

…Palmgren’s Twenty-four Preludes Op.17 are quite well worth hearing and I for one enjoyed this fairly substantial set enormously.

The short May Night Op.27/4…is a fairly simple but quite effective vignette of great charm.

This is a very fine release indeed for Henri Sigfridsson plays superbly, with commitment and impeccable technique and he obviously relishes every ounce of the music. The recording is excellent and Kimmo Korhonen’s informative and detailed notes are yet another asset.

In short this beautifully produced release should appeal to anyone with a liking for superbly crafted music in a warmly expressive Romantic idiom. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Woo Soo Kang
American Record Guide, November 2012

…Finnish pianist Sigfridsson pays [Selim Palmgren] tribute with this fine recording. Sigfridsson plays well and is especially good at exploiting contrasts of character. His technique is flawless, and he is just as at home with dramatic virtuosity…as he is with ethereal moods…

…Sigfridsson offers a satisfying performance, and there are some gems. This release is definitely worth a closer look. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, August 2012

Selim Palmgren (1878-1951) wrote hundreds of piano pieces, and the best of them certainly deserve to be heard more frequently…the early Piano Sonata, which dates from the 1890s, shows the influence of Liszt and Grieg. It’s a bold, entertaining piece whose brief length (about 15 minutes) confirms that composer’s destiny as a miniaturist.

Sigfridsson plays all of this music with a singing tone and relaxed virtuosity that suits this composer especially well.

Ondine’s engineering is typically natural, with Sigridsson’s instrument captured vividly in a warm acoustic. Let’s hope this isn’t the last Palmgren disc that we get to hear. © 2012 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review






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