HEINO ELLER (1887-1970): Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Preludes, Book 1, 6 Pieces (Estonian Suite), Toccata in B Minor, Dance in B Minor, In the Character of a Dance, Danse-Caprice, The Bells, Sonata No. 2.
Catalogue Number: 01N054
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0119
Description: The first of what is promised to be a seven-volume series of music by the foremost Estonian composer of his generation. Each disc will contain music from all Eller's career, so you will probably find Estonian folk music (in the Pieces as well as the three Dance pieces), Prokofievian motoric energy (in the 1921 Toccata), Scriabinesque harmonies (especially in some of the 1914-17 Preludes), an epic Nordic quality and lyrical northern European late Romanticism - not all in the same works, of course! The 1939-40 sonata shows a mature synthesis of these influences, before the crushing demands of Soviet Socialist Realism forced a concentration for a period on folk material. Sten Lassmann (piano).