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Balakirev: Piano Concertos / Seifetdinova, Yablonsky


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570396   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Anastasia Seifetdinova
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Balakirev's Piano Concerto No. 1, like Scriabin's, emulates Chopin in style and technique, if not mastery of the idiom (that would come later). It's a tuneful work with melodies that are more fetching than long-term memorable. The piano writing is fluid and colorful, even if it doesn't sound especially challenging, at least in the highly-skilled hands of Anastasia Seifetdinova.

Although completed by Sergei Lyapunov, Piano Concerto No. 2 sounds more like the Balakirev we know from the symphonies. The musical argument is more dramatic and the melodic material is distinctively Russian, especially in the touching Adagio movement, the work's emotional center. Balakirev's piano writing has grown more evocative while becoming more
Read more technically demanding. Again, Seifetdinova handles these challenges with aplomb.

Finally, Balakirev's early Grande Fantaisie on Russian Folksongs is reminiscent of the composer's symphonic poem Tamara in its exotic themes and narrative style, wherein the piano, with its extended solo passages, takes on the role of story teller. All three works receive excellent orchestral performances by the Russian Philharmonic under Dmitry Yablonsky. The rich-sounding recording nicely balances soloist and orchestra. An enjoyable release, for Russophiles and piano fans alike.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Anastasia Seifetdinova (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in E flat major by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Anastasia Seifetdinova (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1884; Russia 
3.
Grand Fantasia on Russian Folksongs, Op. 4 by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Anastasia Seifetdinova (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Russia 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Concerto no 2: I. Allegro non troppo
Grand Fantasia on Russian Folk Songs

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major (completed by S. Lyapunov): I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major (completed by S. Lyapunov): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major (completed by S. Lyapunov): III. Allegro risoluto
Grande Fantaisie on Russian Folksongs, Op. 4 (use): Grande Fantaisie on Russian Folksongs, Op. 4

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