HEINO ELLER (1887-1970): Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Sonata No. 1, Intimate Moment, Pastorale, Nocturne, Vivace, Butterfly, 6 Pieces, Ballade in C Sharp Minor.
Catalogue Number: 02P071
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0209
Description: The 39-minute sonata, a graduation work at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (1919-20) is a huge Romantic extravagance, often densely polyphonic, virtuosic and in the mood of Rachmaninov. This is only its second recording. The remaining pieces are attractive miniatures, except for the seven-minute Ballade of 1955 which speaks in an unihibited, personal voice, free after the repression of the Stalin era. Sten Lassmann (piano).