Eller: Complete Piano Music, Volume 2
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Heino Eller: Complete Piano Music, Volume Two

Catalogue Number: TOCC0132
EAN: 5060113441324
Release Date: 23 April 2012
Duration: 71:37

Sonatina in F sharp minor
Eight Pieces
Furioso
Allegro con fuoco
Episode from Revolutionary Times
Sostenuto in G minor
Allegretto moderato in C minor
Chanson triste
Andante in E major
Larghetto in A major
Preludes, Book III
Moderato assai (Theme and Variations)
Estonian Dance

Sten Lassmann, piano

As both composer and teacher Heino Eller (1887–1970) was one of the founders of the classical tradition in his native Estonia. Yet his copious output for piano – some 200 works –is largely unknown, an omission this series of seven CDs seeks to redress. Volume Two presents compositions from six decades: charming romantic miniatures, virtuoso showpieces, expressionist preludes and quirky folk-pieces. The main item is his Theme and Variations from 1939 – one of his best works for piano, but not published or recorded before now.

Booklet texts   (PDF)

Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 71:37
1 Sonatina in F sharp minor (1950s)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
4:09 play
2-9 Eight Pieces (1948)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
16:20
2 No. 1 Melody 2:17 play
3 No. 2 Music Box 1:14 play
4 No. 3 Waltz 1:51 play
5 No. 4 Intermezzo 3:46 play
6 No. 5 Rondino 1:47 play
7 No. 6 Allegro ma non troppo 1:38 play
8 No. 7 Allegro 2:13 play
9 No. 8 Dance 1:34 play
10 Furioso (c. 1914)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
4:29 play
11 Allegro con fuoco (1914)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
3:19 play
12 Episode from Revolutionary Times (1917)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first digital recording)
10:33 play
13 Sostenuto in G minor (1909)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
0:52 play
14 Allegretto moderato in C minor (1909)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
1:16 play
15 Chanson triste (1910)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
1:36 play
16 Andante in E major (1910)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
2:03 play
17 Larghetto in A major (1909)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
2:37 play
18-21 Preludes, Book III (1921-32)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano
7:53
18 No. 1 Largo e con summa espressione 2:04 play
19 No. 2 Lento, lugubre – Più mosso 2:23 play
20 No. 3 Sostenuto – Più mosso 2:00 play
21 No. 4 Sostenuto 1:26 play
22-32 Moderato assai (Theme and Variations) (1939)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first recording)
11:04
22 Theme 0:36 play
23 Variation I 0:43 play
24 Variation II 0:35 play
25 Variation III 0:38 play
26 Variation IV 1:38 play
27 Variation V 1:04 play
28 Variation VI 0:58 play
29 Variation VII 0:44 play
30 Variation VIII 0:59 play
31 Variation IX 0:34 play
32 Variation X 2:35 play
33 Estonian Dance (1934)

Heino Eller, composer
Sten Lassmann, piano

(first digital recording)
5:26 play

Artists

Heino Eller

Heino Eller, composer
[credit: Eller Heino]

Sten Lassmann

Sten Lassmann, piano

Reviews

...It’s immediately approachable, unacademic but is not frivolous; there are hints of Grieg and of Chopin, and there is a small but slight folkloric inheritance too. It’s the fresh Sonatina, composed at some time in the late 50s, that reveals the lyric freshness of his writing and the hints of folklore. There’s no development section as such, but this easy-going work is an ideal introduction to Eller, for whom nothing was doctrinaire.

...Clearly Eller was channelling Lisztian virtuosity in this period [1909-1917] and in the more reflective ones, Chopin. One piece stands apart, the big, brooding Episode from Revolutionary Times, a large-scale funeral march that opens like Liszt’s Sonata and offers a brief moment of reprieve along its gloomy process. It’s impressively sustained.

...Lassmann proves a faultless guide throughout this volume, relishing the opportunities for crispness and geniality provided by Eller.

Jonathan Woolf MusicWeb International April 2014

Recommendation

[…] I was drawn to Eller’s music from the opening tracks, and only became more enamored as the music played on. The deal that this would be an Uncommonly Classical recommendation was sealed about 25 minutes in as I listened to the potent and darkly beautiful Episode from Revolutionary Times (1917). This alone is worth the price of the CD. […] Performances by pianist Sten Lassmann […] are excellent. […]

Paul Ballyk Expedition Audio 20th December 2012

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