Ballades & Other Stories Erik T. Tawaststjerna

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Label: Alba

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Erik T. Tawaststjerna

Composer: Matthew Whittall (1975), Kaija Saariaho (1952), Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

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  • Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928 - 2016): Sonata No. 2 "The Fire Sermon":
  • 1Sonata No. 2 "The Fire Sermon": I. Molto allegro03:52
  • 2Sonata No. 2 "The Fire Sermon": II. Andante assai03:59
  • 3Sonata No. 2 "The Fire Sermon": III. Allegro brutale02:57
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849):
  • 4Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 2308:57
  • Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958): Piano Jubilees:
  • 5Piano Jubilees: No. 6, —04:06
  • 6Piano Jubilees: No. 3, —01:21
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 7Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 3807:01
  • Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952):
  • 8Ballade05:52
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 9Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 4707:09
  • Matthew Whittall (b. 1975): 12 Preludes, Book 2 "Leaves of Grass":
  • 1012 Preludes, Book 2 "Leaves of Grass": No. 6, On the Beach at Night04:43
  • 1112 Preludes, Book 2 "Leaves of Grass": No. 7, A Noiseless Patient Spider03:42
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 12Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 5210:29
  • Total Runtime01:04:08

Info for Ballades & Other Stories

The new album by Erik T. Tawaststjerna will be released on the 8th of April. He has taught a number of pianists who have recorded for Alba, for example Janne Mertanen, Risto-Matti Marin, Tuula Hällström, Katriina Korte and Emil Holmström.

The repertoire on this recording has its roots in a series of recitals pianist Erik T. Tawaststjerna gave in 2017. For a long time, he had planned to perform all four of Chopin’s ballades in a recital, yet simply to join them together as a ‘suite’ or ‘sonata’ did not feel like the right solution. Chopin hardly had this in mind either. So he began to plan a programme that would intersperse contemporary ballades or other works based on a narrative idea between the Chopin ballades. And so this fresh new album, Ballades & other stories, came to life.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, and he was the first to write ballades. A ballade was originally a narrative poem. The title and the general concept were taken up by composers of the Romantic era, especially by Chopin. The other composers on this album are Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016), Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958), Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) and Matthew Whittall (b. 1975).

Erik T. Tawaststjerna is Professor Emeritus at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. He graduated from the Vienna Music Academy, and earned a Master of Music degree from New York’s Juilliard School. He also holds a doctorate from New York University. He has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in Finland, and he has performed all around the world. Tawaststjerna has made numerous recordings, among them a series of 8 recordings of the complete piano music of Jean Sibelius. He has been teaching since 1982 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he was appointed full professor of piano in 1986.

Erik T. Tawaststjerna, piano

Erik T. Tawaststjerna
is a professor of piano at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki since 1986. He earned degrees from the Vienna Music Academy and New York’s Juilliard School as well as a doctorate from New York University.

After winning the second prize at the Finnish Maj Lind piano competition in 1968 he has played concerts all over the world. In 1990 he was invited to give a performance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. He has recorded the complete piano music by Jean Sibelius (BIS records), and he has given master classes at several major conservatoires in Europe and Asia. Many of his students have received prizes in international piano competitions. He has also been a jury member at international piano competitions in London, Vienna, New York, St. Petersburg, Dublin, Barcelona, among other cities. He was named Professor of the Year 2006 by the Finnish Professors’ League.

Erik Tawaststjerna is part of the PIANALE Team since 2014

Booklet for Ballades & Other Stories

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