A virtuoso pianist and renowned conductor in his day, Wilhelm Stenhammar achieved early success with his magnificently wide-ranging and Brahmsian Piano Concerto No. 1. After many years of mixed fortunes as a composer, he found his personal voice in the remarkable Piano Concerto No. 2. Conceived as a single span, this vividly affirmative romantic masterpiece was the wellspring for his Serenade and Symphony No. 2.
STENHAMMAR, W.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Sivelov, Malmo Symphony, Venzago)