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Balakirev: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 5 / Walker


Release Date: 09/13/2019 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 811  
Composer:  Mily BalakirevMikhail GlinkaFrédéric ChopinFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Nicholas Walker
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Balakirev’s appreciation of other composers is reflected in transcriptions that also reveal his brilliance as a pianist. With several world premiere recordings, this programme includes the marvelous balalaika sonorities and virtuoso colors to be found in operas by Glinka, the novel concept of dovetailing preludes by Chopin, and the richness of Beethoven’s string quartets. A plaintive Gondola Song, the relentlessly energetic Tarantelle and Balakirev’s earliest surviving piano opus conclude this fifth volume in Nicholas Walker’s acclaimed complete edition of his piano works. Nicholas Walker studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Moscow Conservatoire. Winner of the first Newport International Piano competition, he has performed with Read more major British orchestras, given recitals worldwide, and recorded for the BBC, BMG Arte Nova, ASV, Chandos and Danacord labels. He is also sought after as an imaginative and sensitive accompanist. In 2010 he organized the Balakirev Centenary concerts in London. He also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Reminiscences on "A Life for the Czar", for piano (2nd version of Fantasy on Glinka's themes) by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1899 
2.
Ruslan i Lyudmila: Chernomor's March by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Notes: arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 2nd movement, Romanze by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Notes: arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano 
4.
Impromptu for Piano by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
5.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Notes: cadenza by M.A. Balakirev 
6.
Mazurka brillante, S 221 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: cadenza by M.A. Balakirev 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: 5th movement, Cavatina by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky": 3rd movement, Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano 
9.
Gondellied in A minor by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
10.
Tarantella for Piano in B major by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
11.
Polonaise Brillante by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1853; Russia 

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