Englund: Complete Music for Solo Piano / Mikkola

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Einar Englund (1916-1999) was not only one of Finland's major symphonists; he was also one of his country's most important pianists. He was destined for a virtuoso career until he damaged a finger as a soldier in the Battle of Bengtskjar in the ''Finnish Continuation War'' in 1941 - but when he later discovered the bullet holes in his beret, he realized he had a lucky escape! Englund wrote surprisingly little for his own instrument, but the works he did produce glitter with a Prokofievan steely strength and textural clarity. They are also animated with the ironic humor that was typical of the composer himself. The pianist here is one of Finland's finest musicians, Laura Mikkola. The booklet essay is by Christian Holmqvist, Englund's biographer, and is followed by a personal reminiscence of Einar Englund by Martin Anderson, founder of Toccata Classics. Laura Mikkola studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinkin, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. She has been the recipient of many awards, among them second prize in the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels in 2016.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 16, 2017

  • Catalog Number: TOCC0356

  • UPC: 5060113443564

  • Label: Toccata Classics

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Sven Einar Englund

  • Performer: Laura Mikkola