Heino Eller: Complete Piano Music, Volume Three

Catalogue No: TOCC0161
EAN/UPC: 5060113441614
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Composer: Heino Eller
Artists: Sten Lassmann

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. The central works of Volume Three are the Ten Lyric Pieces, mirroring the tragic loss of Eller's Jewish wife, murdered during the Nazi occupation, and Fourth Sonata, a late masterpiece that sums up a life's work. The three Studies here offer a glimpse of Eller's early virtuosic pursuits, and the five Preludes showcase his endeavours in an expressionist idiom.

Sten Lassmann, piano

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    Ten Lyric Pieces (1942–43)

  1. No. 1 Andante con moto
  2. No. 2 Allegro con passione
  3. No. 3 Andante meditativo
  4. No. 4 Allegro molto
  5. No. 5 Mesto, moderato assai
  6. No. 6 Sostenuto espressivo
  7. No. 7 Allegro agitato
  8. No. 8 Allegretto grazioso
  9. No. 9 Adagio elegiaco
  10. No. 10 Theme and 8 variations; Theme: Moderato, un poco maestoso
  11. No. 10 Var. I: Un poco più mosso
  12. No. 10 Var. II: Allegro
  13. No. 10 Var. III: Andante piacevole
  14. No. 10 Var. IV: Presto scherzando
  15. No. 10 Var. V: Allegro animato
  16. No. 10 Var. VI: Allegretto grazioso
  17. No. 10 Var. VII: Vivo
  18. No. 10 Var. VIII: Sostenuto espressivo
  19. Study in A flat major (1918)
  20. Study in G flat major (1919)
  21. Study in G flat major (1917)
  22. Preludes (1929–30)

  23. Lento
  24. Moderato assai
  25. Sostenuto
  26. Lento
  27. Moderato
  28. Piano Sonata No. 4 (1957–58)

  29. I Allegro risoluto
  30. II Andante sostenuto
  31. III Vivo


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