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  • Carl Petersson, piano

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. FINN LYKKEBO’S atonal Tableaux are poetic pearls of precision and economy, while the deeply symbolic and challenging Stadier and other works represent LARS AKSEL BISGAARD’S complete piano music.


Nørgård, Per
Piano Sonata (1949) (1949) (00:09:00 )
I. — * (00:03:30)
II. Pastorale. Andante - * (00:02:15)
III. Finale. Allegro * (00:03:16)
Toccata (1949) (00:09:24 )
Toccata (Part I) * (00:03:49)
Fuga * (00:02:30)
Toccata (Part II) * (00:03:10)
Piano Sonata in One Movement, Op. 6 (revised 1957 version) (1957) (00:13:23)
Lykkebo, Finn
Tableaux (1979) (00:10:00 )
No. 1. Couleurs et valses: Alla cadenza. Allegretto. Lento a la valse * (00:02:09)
No. 2. Les enfants: Andante * (00:01:36)
No. 3. Sons d'hiver: (Poco Allegro) - * (00:01:52)
No. 4. et les oiseaux chauds: Lento * (00:02:52)
No. 5. Parfums attrapées: Allegro * (00:01:25)
Bisgaard, Lars Aksel
Stadier, Op. 1 (1974) (00:16:15 )
Introduktion * (00:04:05)
Stadium I: Doppio movimento - * (00:02:14)
Stadium II: Quasi tempo primo - * (00:05:14)
Stadium III: Un poco meno vivo - Quasi tempo primo * (00:04:47)
Barcarole (1987) * (00:03:14)
Walking (Hommage a Thoreau) - Semplice (2014) * (00:04:59)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:06:20

The Artist

Carl Petersson graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies he took part in numerous international masterclasses in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. In 2013 he received his PhD degree from the Music Academy in Kraków. He has performed as a soloist as well as with orchestras on numerous occasions in Canada, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel.

The Composer

A decisive factor in Lars Aksel Bisgaard’s choice of career was that in the winter of 1965–66 when, as a schoolboy, he participated in Finn Lykkebo’s knowledgeable and inspiring lessons in musical appreciation at evening classes. Lykkebo was very helpful in providing Bisgaard with information about what was necessary to gain admission to the conservatory’s music theory and music history classes. After passing his school-leaving exams, Bisgaard acquired the necessary knowledge first by studying musicology at the University of Copenhagen (1966–69) and then by following in Lykkebo’s footsteps as a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with music theory and music history as his main subjects (1969–75). Immediately after that, he commenced studies of composition under Per Nørgård at the Academy of Music in Aarhus (1975–81). In 1981 Lars Bisgaard succeeded Finn Lykkebo as a lecturer in music theory at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Esbjerg. He worked there until 1993, and then taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music until his retirement in 2013.

Finn Lykkebo began his musical education in earnest at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1960—initially as a church musician, and from 1963 onwards also with music theory and music history as principal subjects. He also studied composition under Per Nørgård, and at the same time Lykkebo composed choral settings, piano music and songs, primarily in smaller, more modest forms. Lykkebo always stood slightly on the periphery of the circle of young composers at the Academy, which centred around Per Nørgård. In 1965, when Nørgård left the Royal Danish Academy of Music to take up a similar teaching post at the Academy of Music in Aarhus, his pupils followed him there—with the exception of Finn Lykkebo, who henceforth stood on his own two feet as a composer, and basically regarded himself as self-taught in this capacity. After his diploma exam in 1966, Lykkebo worked as a lecturer in music theory at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Esbjerg (formerly the Vestjysk Musikkonservatorium) until 1981. Works from this period include Tableaux pour piano, composed in 1969 and revised in 1978. Tableaux is Lykkebo’s only published piano composition (it is published by Samfundet til udgivelse af dansk Musik).

Per Nørgård is the most prominent Danish composer after Carl Nielsen. His signature can be found almost anywhere in Danish music as a result of his animation, teaching, thought-provoking theories and cultural criticism. For more than thirty years his widely embracing musical personality has inspired and influenced a host of Scandinavian composers.


Piano News

“All in all this CD is an exciting and brilliantly played recording with a programme that leaves us curious to hear more of such music from Denmark.” – Piano News

“The 35-year-old Swedish pianist Carl Petersson demonstrates a great sense of command and he has an impressive technique on this CD, which seems to have been conceived from many people’s affection and care.” – Kristeligt Dagblad

“For those interested in exploring the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries in regards the Danish piano, now there’s no excuse to not. Excellent pianism, fine program notes, intriguing music, and all recorded in excellent sound—on my stereo, it sounded as though I were sitting in the same hall as the pianist. For what more could one ask?” – Fanfare

“The playing of Carl Petersson is excellent throughout. His control, especially in the faster more virtuosic sections is as measured as in the slower and more meditative moments.” – MusicWeb International