The Heritage of Wilhelm Stenhammar | Caprice CAP22069

The Heritage of Wilhelm Stenhammar

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Label: Caprice

Cat No: CAP22069

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th November 2019

Contents

Artists

Hans Leygraf (piano)
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Tor Mann
Sixten Eckerberg

Artists

Hans Leygraf (piano)
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Tor Mann
Sixten Eckerberg

About

The great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar can be heard as an accompanist on recordings with John Forsell, and as a soloist on a few piano rolls, but never as a conductor. However, his successor, Tor Mann was recorded while rehearsing and performing the famous Second Symphony, and the Serenade, works he himself experienced under the composer’s baton as an orchestral cellist. Sixten Eckerberg succeeded Tor Mann, and together with the Gothenburg Symphony and pianist Hans Leygraf, he made the world premiere gramophone records of Stenhammar’s important orchestral works.

Wilhelm Stenhammar stood just once in front of a microphone. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra gave a radio evening concert with him as a piano soloist. Thus, after the news on Sunday 13 June 1926, the Swedish people could listen in their headphones to how a multifaceted celebrity musician was playing along with his old friends. It was a prematurely aged 55-year-old who probably did not do very well – last spring Stenhammar had suffered a first brain haemorrhage, from which he had not yet fully recovered. And this was his last concert.

Despite the stroke, Stenhammar had tried just over three months earlier to pick up his abandoned baton in the Gothenburg concert hall and to end his career as an orchestra fosterer in a dignified manner. A year earlier, he had conducted his last opera performance, Donizetti’s opera The Daughter of the Regiment, which ended the Royal Theatre’s school concert on 15 February 1925.

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