Label: Pro Musica
Classical Periods: Classical, Romantic
Composers: Alf Hurum, David Monrad Johansen, Eyvind Alnaes, Gunnar Gjerstrom, Klaus Egge, Odd Gruner-Hegge, Per Lasson
Performers: Kjell Baekkelund
Works of: David Monrad Johansen, Per Lasson, Alf Hurum, Odd Gruner-Hegge, Klaus Egge, Gunnar Gjerstrom, Eyvind Alnaes
Kjell Baekkelund (1930-2004), piano
Bækkelund's repertoire covered most of the history of piano repertoire, though he was especially fond of the romantic composers. Chopin and Schumann were particular favourites, and Brahms and Debussy also featured frequently on his recital programmes. And yet Bækkelund's name is equally associated with modern music. He considered it his responsibility to perform contemporary works. Firstly he wanted to contribute to a wider acquaintance with international modernistic music among Norwegian audiences. Thus works by Boulez, Stockhausen and others received performances in Norway. Even more important to him, however, was to perform music by Norwegian composers, both in Norway and abroad. Many important works of the Norwegian modernism - such as Finn Mortensen's Fantasi og fuge for klaver and Arne Nordheim's Listen - were performed all over the world by Bækkelund.
As well as being concerned with modernistic music Bækkelund was also anxious to play music by composers with a more traditional musical language. He realized that many composers of the 1920s and 30s were in danger of being forgotten, and he saw to it that works by these composers were performed.