Modern classical Niklas Sivelöv: Piano concertos – Niklas Sivelöv, David Björkman and others (Naxos)
In addition to being much in demand as a concert pianist, Niklas Sivelöv is also a composer whose piano concertos are fun and reflective at the same time; music that swings as it thinks.
Niklas Sivelöv is one of our most prolific performing and recording artists. I remember his recording of JS Bach’s Das wohltemperierte Klavier, Books 1 and 2, from 2016 on HvB, one of the most adventurous ever made. And quite recently a fine recital CD with cellist Leonid Gorokhov was released on AMC/Amchara Classical.
Sivelöv is a creative musician who never stands still, full of ever-surprising ideas – as in these three piano concertos from the years 1998, 2002 and 2019 that stylistically span the Atlantic, between American, Russian and French influences, and between jazz, classical counterpoint and serialism.
It is music that swings as it thinks; it’s both fun and pensive at the same time, a bit like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Sivelöv is a free spirit, as the saying goes.
Best track: ‘Poco pesante’
Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter, 24 May 2020