Einar Englund: Complete Music for Solo Piano

Catalogue No: TOCC0356
EAN/UPC: 5060113443564
Release Date: 2017-06-01
Composer: Einar Englund
Artists: Laura Mikkola

Einar Englund (1916–99) was not only one of Finland’s major symphonists; he was also one of his country’s most important pianists and was destined for a career as a virtuoso until, as a soldier, he damaged a finger in a battle against the invading Russians. He wrote surprisingly little for his own instrument, but the works he did produce glitter with a Prokofievan steely strength and textural clarity, animated with the ironic humour that was typical of the composer himself.

Laura Mikkola, piano

Listen To This Recording:

    Prelude and Fughetta:

  1. Hommage a Bach: Prelude
  2. Hommage a Bach: Fughetta
  3. Sonatina No. 2, The Parisian:

  4. I Allegro con brio
  5. II Andante
  6. III Vivace
  7. Prelude
  8. Pavane e Toccata:

  9. Pavane: Adagio
  10. Toccata: Allegro marcato
  11. Humoresque
  12. Little Toccata
  13. Sicilienne
  14. What the Hens Tell
  15. The Goblin
  16. Scherzino
  17. Prelude I (Notturno)
  18. Sonatina No. 1 in D minor:

  19. I Allegro con brio
  20. II Sicilienne
  21. III Scherzo-Finale
  22. Sinuhe:

  23. No. 1 Dance of Sinuhe
  24. No. 2 Dance of Nefer
  25. No. 3 Sinuhe and Nefer-Nefer
  26. No. 4 Dance of Kaptah and the Girls
  27. No. 5 The War Dance of Horemheb
  28. Introduzione e Toccata:

  29. Introduzione
  30. Toccata
  31. Piano Sonata No. 1:

  32. I Introduzione ed allegro
  33. II Notturno
  34. III Scherzo-Finale
  35. The Lauttasaari Rotary Club Festive March

1 review for Einar Englund: Complete Music for Solo Piano

  1. :

    ‘The Piano Sonata is a quite imposing and taxing piece of music, and clearly the work of a master who managed to say much in the most economical way. […]

    It is always a real pleasure to hear any new disc of Laura Mikkola who was a brilliant and well-loved finalist of the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in 1995 when she was awarded the second prize and the public prize which says much of the impact she exerted on the audiences. She plays superbly throughout and the recording is excellent. Full marks too to Christian Holmqvist’s excellent and well-informed notes from which I have unashamedly quote.’

    —Hubert Culot, MusicWeb International

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