Karg-Elert - Music for Piano and Organ | Toccata Classics TOCC0419

Karg-Elert - Music for Piano and Organ


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0419

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd June 2017



This recording revives long-forgotten sonorities that once would have been very familiar: the sound of piano and organ being played together. It also presents a Sibelius premiere: the arrangement by Sigfird Karg-Elert of the suite from Pelléas and Mélisande.

As the popularity of domestic music-making grew through the nineteenth century, it brought first the piano and, then, often the harmonium into well-off living-rooms across the western world. Composers naturally responded, with original works and arrangements: Sibelius’s Andante cantabile was written after a visit to relatives who had both instruments in their salon. Karg-Elert, by contrast, was one of the world’s outstanding virtuosi on both harmonium and organ and composed with his concert public in mind.

Annikka Konttori-Gustafsson has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and Lied pianist in her native Finland, of course, but in concert-halls across the world, performing a wealth of Finnish music and of French twentieth-century repertoire. As university lecturer in piano and doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy, her duties include teaching at the DocMus doctoral school, supervising doctoral students and giving seminars.

Dr Jan Lehtola is one the most successful and progressive Finnish organists of his generation. He has given more than 150 world and regional premieres and can be heard on more than 30 commercial recordings, one of them an album of the complete album music of William Humphreys Dayas for Toccata Classics, released on TOCC0285. He graduated from the Church Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, gaining his diploma with distinction in 1998. He is a Lecturer in Organ Music in the Sibelius Academy.

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