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Balakirev: Piano Sonata, Islamey / Etsuko Hirose

Balakirev / Hirose
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 181  
Composer:  Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Etsuko Hirose
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mily Balakirev (1837-1910), founder and driving force of the celebrated "Mighty Handful," spared no effort in his devotion to his followers, and thus left only a relatively modest number of works of his own. The piano occupies a preponderant place in his output, with the Russian style rubbing shoulders with influences of Chopin and Liszt. While Islamey has always figured in the virtuoso repertoire, other pieces deserve to be rediscovered. Mirare artist Etsuko Hirose is featured in this program that includes the Toccata, Sonata, and Variations on themes by Glinka, the "Father of Russian music," who saw in Balakirev as a worthy successor. Mily Balakirev (1837-1910), founder and driving force of the celebrated "Mighty Handful," spared no effort in his devotion to his followers, and thus left only a relatively modest number of works of his own. The piano occupies a preponderant place in his output, with the Russian style rubbing shoulders with influences of Chopin and Liszt. While Islamey has always figured in the virtuoso repertoire, other pieces deserve to be rediscovered. Mirare artist Etsuko Hirose is featured in this program that includes the Toccata, Sonata, and Variations on themes by Glinka, the "Father of Russian music," who saw in Balakirev as a worthy successor. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5 by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; Russia 
2.
The Lark by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1900; Russia 
3.
Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey" by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1902; Russia 
4.
Fantasia on themes from Glinka's "A Life for the Tsar" by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
5.
Au jardin by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 

Sound Samples

A life for the Tsar
Au jardin Etude - idylle in D flat Major
Toccata
Piano sonata in B flat Minor: Andantino
Piano sonata in B flat Minor: Mazurka
Piano sonata in B flat Minor: Intermezzo
Piano sonat a in B flat Minor: Finale
The Lark
Islamey

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