The Konsertstycke opens with a serenely majestic orchestral tutti, starting on the dominant seventh and cleverly avoiding the main key for about a minute, creating considerable suspense until its resolution in a radiant fortissimo C major. The piano enters with an extended glittering cadenza using the entire range of the piano in typical Romantic virtuoso fashion; certainly the whole work suggests that Wiklund’s own command of the piano must have been impressive to say the least. Following a short orchestral interlude, recalling the opening material, the work finally takes wing as the main Allegro moderato section is announced by the solo piano. Structurally, the Allegro is loosely based on sonata form, but Wiklund often lets the music deviate from this framework, such as in the atmospheric section that follows the central orchestral tutti as well as in the extended coda. Wiklund’s organically fluid musical style as well as his natural talent for orchestration are clearly evident in this early work, as is the fact that he had picked up a trick or two from studying the scores of Wagner and Bruckner.
from notes by Martin Sturfält © 2012