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Sivelov Symphonies no 1&5 Robert McQuistonClassical Lost and Found, June 2023 Swedish conductor Joachim Gustafsson and the Malmö Opera Orchestra…deliver superb accounts of both selections. In that regard, the MalOpO musicians deserve a big round of applause for the many, demanding, solo-instrumental passages they play so well, particularly in the later symphony. That said, both works…
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Spring 2023

The Spring of 2023 was quite busy with the premiere of the 6th Concerto Earth Rites by Sivelov and the Concerto by Edward  Smaldone, Prendendo Fuoco. The Sivelov concerto was premiered and commissioned by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Joshua Weilerstein . It was recorded and will be released in 2024 on Naxos. Prendendo Fuoco…
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New review of the Symphonies 1 & 5

MusicWeb International Niklas Sivelöv (b.1968)Symphony No. 1 (2013)Symphony No. 5 (2020)Malmö Opera Orchestra/Joachim Gustafssonrec. 2021, Malmö, SwedenNAXOS 8.574508 [59] Niklas Sivelöv is a Swedish concert pianist, composer and teacher. Born in Skellefteå in Northern Sweden, his ancestors hail from Karelia and Northern Finland. He’s recorded a substantial discography as a pianist, and his own compositions have…
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Beethoven 4th concerto!

New reviews of the Naxos CD with Symphonies 1& 5

Politiken  4 STARS I did not know Sivelöv’s music. I have now discovered it, and he is a wonderful symphonist who can write broadly, darkly and compellingly for orchestra. A lone oriental voice emerges in the Nordic context, because today’s world is globalised. But gloominess and conciseness are quite clearly the music’s DNA, and to…
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Review of the Madison recital!

Concert Review: Niklas Sivelöv, September 18, 2022 By Paul Baker For his September 18 concert, Swedish virtuoso Niklas Sivelöv strode out in long tails and gray ascot looking not a little like a clean-shaven Beethoven. As he sat at the vintage Mason & Hamlin 1906 model AA piano I appreciated that nod to sartorial tradition.…
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New review of the orchestral CD!

    Joachim Gustafsson | Sivelöv: Sinfonie Nr. 3 „Primavera“  05.03.2021 Ohne Corona würde es die vorliegende Aufnahme nicht geben. Da die schwedischen Musiker im Frühling vergangenen Jahres Pandemie-bedingt keine öffentlichen Konzerte geben konnten, hatten sie Zeit, die Partituren ihres Landsmanns zu studieren. Die Musik gefiel ihnen so gut, dass sie beschlossen, die Werke einzuspielen. Das…
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New review about Bach vol. 2 & 3

Great review in the biggest newspaper in Sweden Dagens Nyheter  4 Stars!   In this incomparable music, it is as if Niklas Sivelöv celebrates that he is now the first Swede to record all piano works by Bach.And he does it in a splendid and swinging way! Martin Nyström Read more:

Success at the Schönberg Centre Vienna!

I never heard Schönberg played with so much elegance, “Schwung” – a favourite word of Sibelius which he often used in his diaries – and delicate touch.  Your whole recital was impressive – unobtrosively educational by erecting an arc from Bach to your great compatriot Eliasson, for whom Bach was “almost a god”, detecting almost…
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5 STARS for Bach Partitas & English Suites vol 2 and 3!

The pianist does things with this music that you have never really heard before. Niklas Sivelöv turns an ear to the silent infinity Sivelöv is an insightful and original interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach’s piano music. Sensitive and daring. Tobias Lund Sydsvenskan