Anthology of Finnish Piano Music, Vol. 3 SELIM PALMGREN (1878-1951): Suite, Op. 3, ERNST LINKO (1889-1960): Suite in Old Style, Op.1, Preludes, Op. 6, Nos. 1-3, ILMARI HANNIKAINEN (1892-1955): Variations fantasques, Op. 19, Valse sentimento.
Catalogue Number: 01M042
Label: FC Records
Description: Whether intended or not, it's striking that all of these works were written by their composers between the ages of 18 and 28, giving us a snapshot of Finnish piano music from 1899-1916, and also showing yet-to-be-formed musical personalities working with the neo-baroque and -classical forms of their day (Palmgren and Linko especially). Hannikaninen's 28-minute set of variations is the most significant work here, moving through vastly varied mind-scapes with a striking combination of Impressionism and Romanticism. 13 of the 17 tracks here (although not the Variations) are listed as first recordings. Jouni Somero (piano).