HENNING MANKELL (1868-1930): 3 Preludes, Op. 56, Valse mesto, Op. 58, 3 Legends, Op. 59, 4 Pieces, Op. 60, Fantasy-Sonatas No. 1, Op. 69, No. 3, Op. 72 & No. 6, Op. 76, Ballade No. 7, Op. 77.
Catalogue Number: 05K007
Label: Phoenix Edition
Description: Grandfather of a popular crime-fiction novelist of today (of the same name), Mankell was far from being a Romantic National composer. These are all late-period works (1922-30) and show a fascinating combination of French Impressionism (with a feeling for the stillness of nature and contemplation of time which you get in Koechlin's Heures persanes), Franck and Liszt (especially in the three Fantasy-Sonatas, each 16-17 minutes long in single-movement form) and some of the not-too-atonal harmonies of Scriabin. Exotic yet still grounded in Romanticism, Mankell certainly has his own voice which casts a subtly compelling spell that will grow on you. 2 CDs for the price of 1. Anna Christensson (piano).