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Piano music Knut Håkanson was a man of many parts – not only a composer, but a pianist, viola player, conductor, writer and educator into the bargain. His piano output shows a distinct progress from a Nordic Romantic style with occasional elements of Expressionism to an increasingly Neo-Classical and polyphonic idiom. Midsommarkransen (Midsummer garland), dated Rydboholm, 29th June 1921, with its idyllic evocation of early summer in Sweden, exemplifies the composer’s lyrical and romantic side. Från Skogstemplet (From the Sylvan Temple), written between 1921 and 1924, is a collection of short piano pieces which are portrayals of nature and short musical narratives. Some of them allude to verses by Swedish poets. Five of them were orchestrated as a suite entitled Från Hembygden, performed in several Swedish towns and cities with Knut Håkanson himself conducting. With his Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner (Twelve Small Swedish Two-Part Inventions) from 1925, Håkanson has conclusively entered on the path which he was to follow more or less consistently ever thereafter, namely creating a polyphony in the spirit of Bach but based on Swedish folk music. He made an intense study of Bach and found a natural affinity between old, traditional Swedish fiddle music and the music of the Baroque. This collection includes gånglåt marches and polska dances from different parts of Sweden and can be termed a counterpart to Bach’s Two-Part Inventions. Sweden’s music now had “a Bach in Swedish broadcloth,” as William Seymer put it. Tio Variationer och Fuga över en svensk folkvisa (Ten Variations and Fugue on a Swedish Folksong), completed in July 1929, is Knut Håkanson’s most important piano composition. He was now at the height of his creative powers, with folk music as his natural medium. The simple theme is varied both contrapuntally and homophonically with witty elegance and spicy intensity. In June 1929 he wrote, in a letter to William Seymer: “At present my hair is turning grey from a piano fugue (concluding a set of variations) which I have recklessly undertaken – and now it will not let go of me. I am like the Mountain King, shut up in the mountain, seeing neither sun nor moon and despairing of ever coming out on the other side, to the greenery and the violets. But it must be done.” Songs The Lied as a genre achieved its apogee in Sweden in about 1900 and during the early decades of the 20th century. Poets like Erik Axel Karlfeldt and Gustaf Fröding began using a bolder, more expressive language, inspiring composers to import a more personal tone to songs as well, and in this way enabling them to leave their own imprint on the content and interpretation of the poem. Poetry and fiction were a lifelong interest of Knut Håkanson’s, and he considered the Lied an important part of his output. He produced something like a hundred songs, many of which were admired and frequently performed in their day. The Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad had several of them in her repertoire and performed them both in Sweden and abroad. Five Songs, op. 1, composed during the first decade of the new century, is Håkanson’s first published work and contains settings of words by various poets. Here the composer is still rooted in the Romantic tradition, with its emphasis on full-bodied, variable harmony. He is alive to shifts of mood and meaning in the chosen texts, putting them, as it seems, quite effortlessly into a manifold musical garb. De väntande (Those who wait), the final song in the collection, is one of Håkanson’s many settings of poems by Karlfeldt, a poet who accompanied him from early years to the end of his days: Kornknarr, sänghalm (Corncrake, straw bedding), for baritone and chorus, composed very shortly before his death, was Håkanson’s valediction. Another poet who fascinated Knut Håkanson was Ola Hansson – “the poet who has most intensely and spiritually taught me to comprehend the nature of poetry and dream.” His poems often employ a bold, emancipated language, sometimes using a kind of rhythmic prose or blank verse instead of conventional verse forms. De bägge viljorna (The two wills) are portrayed with a fresh, tart humour – a trait also occurring in Håkanson’s later output. Du livets eviga röda flamma (Thou eternal red flame of life) is about the miracle of creation, which, in Håkanson’s setting, fluctuates between a tranquil, hymn-like idiom and something more dramatic. In Dragspelet vinade (The accordion whined), voice and piano merge in a waltz-like structure. Fall, fall ymniga snö (Fall, fall, copious snow) was written in December 1921 and included in the collection Danska bilder (Danish pictures), dedicated to the composer’s wife Omon. The two songs op. 22 to words by Ernst Norlind take love as their theme – a restrained, melancholy love, urging reflection on times past. Någon har kysst min panna (Someone kissed my brow) is one of the most frequently performed of Håkanson’s songs – a jewel of poetical empathy and an exquisite marriage of voice and accompaniment. Karlfeldt’s prominent position in Håkanson’s output is partly due to the humorous vein which they had in common and which can also be tart, nostalgic and ironic. In Slottstappning (Château bottled) he interprets the poem about the threatening demise of the nobility with pathos and a firm command of rhythm. It is, in Håkanson’s own words, “a song for you, me and other friends, companions old who understand the autumnal ecstasy of feasting and the bliss of withering, all us scions of the Burgundian line.”
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1. En gång i bredd med mig (One day, beside me) Gabriel Suovanen 00:01:20 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen
Composer Swedish folksong
Performers Gabriel Suovanen
2. Knut Håkanson: Tio Variationer och Fuga över en svensk folkvisa (Ten Variations and Fugue), Op. 37. Solveig Wikman 00:12:53 1.30 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
3. Knut Håkanson: Ur Fem Sånger, Op. 1:2. Lutad mot gärdet (J. L. Runeberg) Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:01:40 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
4. Knut Håkanson: Ur Fem Sånger, Op. 1:4. Som blommornas doft (W. Hagqvist) Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:02:30 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
5. Knut Håkanson: Ur Fem Sånger, Op. 1:5. De väntande (E. A. Karlfeldt) Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:02:18 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
6. Knut Håkanson: Midsommarkransen (Midsummer garland) Solveig Wikman 00:05:03 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
7. Knut Håkanson: De bägge viljorna och andra dikter av Ola Hansson, Op. 4:1. De bägge viljorna Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:03:10 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
8. Knut Håkanson: De bägge viljorna och andra dikter av Ola Hansson, Op. 4:2. Du livets eviga röda flamma Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:03:47 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
9. Knut Håkanson: De bägge viljorna och andra dikter av Ola Hansson, Op. 4:3. Dragspelet vinade Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:01:33 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
10. Knut Håkanson: Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:2. Vårbräckning Solveig Wikman 00:02:20 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
11. Knut Håkanson: Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:2. Björken susar Solveig Wikman 00:01:44 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
12. Knut Håkanson: Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:3. Forsen Solveig Wikman 00:02:20 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
13. Knut Håkanson: Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:4. Prinsessan och Bergtrollet Solveig Wikman 00:01:19 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
14. Knut Håkanson: Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:5. Myggen dansa över ån i sommarkvällen Solveig Wikman 00:02:10 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
15. Knut Håkanson: Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:6. Beväringen tågar förbi Solveig Wikman 00:02:02 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
16. Knut Håkanson: Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:7. Det förgångna Solveig Wikman 00:01:08 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
17. Knut Håkanson:Från Skogstemplet, svit för piano, Op. 13:8. Stormnatt Solveig Wikman 00:03:32 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
18. Knut Håkanson: Två dikter av Ernst Norlind, Op. 22:1. Någon har kysst min panna Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:02:55 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
19. Knut Håkanson: Två dikter av Ernst Norlind, Op. 22:2. Ögat skall slockna Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:02:33 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
20. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:1. Gånglåt från Norrland Solveig Wikman 00:00:46 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
21. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:2. Polska från Sörmland Solveig Wikman 00:01:31 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
22. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:3. Polska från Dalarna Solveig Wikman 00:01:16 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
23. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:4. Polska från Småland Solveig Wikman 00:00:52 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
24. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:5. Polska från Sörmland (”Tyska klockorna”) Solveig Wikman 00:01:04 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
25. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:6. Polska från Uppland Solveig Wikman 00:01:00 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
26. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:7. Polska från Sörmland Solveig Wikman 00:00:54 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
27. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:8. Polska från Värmland Solveig Wikman 00:00:56 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
28. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:9. Polska från Norrbotten Solveig Wikman 00:00:27 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
29. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:10. Marsch från Uppland Solveig Wikman 00:00:36 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
30. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:11. Polska från Gottland (”Sanda-polskan”) Solveig Wikman 00:01:20 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
31. Knut Håkanson: Tolv små tvåstämmiga Svenska Inventioner, Op. 26:12. Polska från Västergötland Solveig Wikman 00:00:44 1.00 USD
Main artist Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Solveig Wikman
32. Knut Håkanson: Danska bilder, en diktcykel av Ola Hansson, Op. 23:2. Fall, fall, ymniga snö Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:02:39 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman
33. Knut Håkanson: Två Karlfeldtvisor, Op. 40:2. Slottstappning Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman 00:04:09 1.00 USD
Main artist Gabriel Suovanen & Solveig Wikman
Composer Knut Håkanson
Performers Gabriel Suovanen | Solveig Wikman