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“Luxurious And Sparkling Pianomania, 1 December 2012 Here is a plausible pub quiz question from Stockholm: Which is the most often played Swedish piano concerto? That would be the Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor by Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927). Exactly. Almost everyone knows the national composers of Norway (Grieg), Finland (Sibelius) and Denmark (Nielsen), but Sweden calls for some head-scratching. Stenhammar probably comes closest to that epithet, but it is his solid Germanic musical training from Berlin, often untouched by folk influences, which makes him somewhat less distinctive. Both of his piano concertos are however totally enjoyable examples of Romantic piano writing. The shorter Concerto No.2 of 1908 unusually begins with a solo introduction by the piano (like in Beethovens Fourth and Rachmaninovs Second), which never gets heard again (like Tchaikovskys First). Its movements play without a break (like Liszts) but contain memorable moments and melodies, including a rom”

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