Balakirev: Complete Works for Solo Piano

Release Date: 9/10/2021
Label: Grand Piano
Catalog Number: 864
Composer: Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt...
Performer: Nicholas Walker
Number of Discs: 6
Length: 459 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These recordings of Balakirev’s complete solo piano works by the much-lauded pianist Nicholas Walker have been hailed as ‘the reference set’ by the American Record Guide. Originally released between 2013 and 2020, these critically acclaimed performances are now collected together for the first time in a 6 album box set. Includes world premiere recordings. Hailed by the London Evening Standard as a 'prodigy, of awesome technical fluency backed by exceptional artistry', Nicholas Walker possesses a rare combination of talents combining sensitivity with 'the flair of a full scale virtuoso and a sparkling intelligence' (BBC Music Magazine). Nicholas Walker teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he devised the celebrated keyboard skills course, the advanced level of which not only helps students to be proficient in all aspects of practical musicianship, but offers them the chance to learn how to improvise in various forms, such as minuets, variations, sonatinas and Mozart-type cadenzas, in addition to devising and performing a virtuoso transcription of their own.

 

Excerpts from reviews of previously released volumes included in this set:

 

Balakirev: Complete Piano Works Vol 1

 

Walker presents the works in reverse chronological order, thereby giving us the best and best-known work first. It is a masterly performance, fully on a par with or exceeding ones I have reviewed in recent years: Hinrose (Mirare 181, Nov/Dec 2012), Driver (Hyperion 67806, July/Aug 2011), and Hellaby (Cameo 2081, Sept/Oct 2009). Besides Kentner’s great recording (Naxos 111223, not available in US), I also enjoy Earl Wild’s (Ivory 73005, May/June 2004). Walker finds inner voices and emphasizes some different aspects of the harmony and form, making for a new and well thought out interpretation. He has the full technical capability to handle all of the demands of this score

 

– American Record Guide

 

Balakirev: Complete Piano Works Vol 3

 

This third volume of Balakirev’s complete piano works is built around his seven Mazurkas, joyous and colourful pieces with an unmistakable Slavic tone. This series continues to establish Walker as the new reference for Balakirev’s music.

 

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Balakirev: Complete Piano Works Vol 5

 

This one is particularly fascinating for transcription junkies, beginning with the spectacular (and spectacularly difficult) Reminiscences on Glinka’s A Life for the Czar, famous from Earl Wild’s 1969 recording. Walker is quite his equal—and that is saying something—and is also beautifully recorded in a realistic, sympathetic acoustic. Indeed, Walker’s playing throughout this absorbing disc is a pleasure to hear, with a sophisticated tonal palette and eschewing any superficial virtuosity: ‘bravura with integrity’ is how I would describe it. Why don’t we hear more of him?

 

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Works on This Recording
1. Piano Sonata in B-Flat Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1905 ;
2. Piano Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 5 by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1856 ;
3. Piano Sonata in B-Flat Minor, Op. 3, "Grande Sonate" by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
4. Waltz No. 1 in G Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
5. Nocturne No. 1 in B-Flat Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1898 ;
6. Waltz No. 2 in F Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
7. Waltz No. 3 in D Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1901 ;
8. Nocturne No. 2 in B Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
9. Waltz No. 4 in B-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
10. Nocturne No. 3 in D Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
11. Waltz No. 5 in D-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
12. Nocturne in G-Sharp Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
13. Fantasy Piece in D-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
14. Waltz No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
15. Chant du Pecheur by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
16. Waltz No. 7 in G-Sharp Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1906 ;
17. Mazurka No. 1 in A-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1861 ;
18. Mazurka No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1884 ;
19. Piano Sonatina in G Major, "Esquisses" by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1909 ;
20. Berceuse in D-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1901 ;
21. Mazurka No. 3 in B Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1886 ;
22. Mazurka No. 4 in G-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1886 ;
23. Dumka in E-Flat Minor, "Complainte" by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
24. Mazurka No. 5 in C-Sharp Major (1884 version, completed by N. Walker) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1884 ;
25. Rêverie in F Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
26. Humoresque in D Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1903 ;
27. Mazurka No. 6 in A-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
28. Piece in F-Sharp Minor (1851, 2nd version completed by N. Walker) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1851 ;
29. Mazurka No. 7 in E-Flat Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1906 ;
30. Capriccio in D Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
31. Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1856 ;
32. Novelette in A Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1906 ;
33. 10 Songs (1896): No. 2. Pustïnya (The Wilderness) (version for piano) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1896 ;
34. Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
35. Fandango-étude by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1856 ;
36. Sérénade espagnole by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
37. Glinka - Jota aragonesa (version for piano) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1864 ;
38. Berlioz - La fuite en Egypte: Ouverture by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1864 ;
39. Scherzo No. 3 in F-Sharp Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1901 ;
40. Mélodie espagnole by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
41. Taneyev - Valse-Caprice No. 1 in A-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
42. Taneyev - Valse-Caprice No. 2 in D-Flat Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
43. Réminiscences de l'opéra La vie pour le czar by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1899 ;
44. Ruslan i Lyudmila: Chernomor's march (arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano) by Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1890 ;
45. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: II. Romanza: Larghetto (arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano) by Fryderyk Chopin
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1830 ;
46. Impromptu (after Chopin's Preludes) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1907 ;
47. Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31 (cadenza by M.A. Balakirev) by Fryderyk Chopin
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1837 ;
48. Mazurka brillante, S221/R43 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1850 ;
49. Mazurka brillante, S221/R43 (cadenza by M.A. Balakirev) by Franz Liszt
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1850 ;
50. String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Rasumovsky": III. Allegretto (arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1862 ;
51. String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130: V. Cavatina (arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1859 ;
52. Gondellied in A Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
53. Tarantella in B Major by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1901 ;
54. Polonaise Brillante by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
55. La fileuse (The Spinner) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1906 ;
56. Au jardin (In the Garden), "Idyll-étude" by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1884 ;
57. Kamarinskaya (arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano) by Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1848 ;
58. Tamara (arr. N. Walker for piano) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1882 ;
59. Polka in F-Sharp Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1859 ;
60. Elegy on the Death of a Mosquito (completed by N. Walker) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1855 ;
61. La danse de sorcières (Witches' Dance) (completed by N. Walker) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1856 ;
62. Ne govori: lyubov' proydyot (Do not Say: Love Passes Away) (arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano) by Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1834 ;
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
64. Rêverie (arr. M.A. Balakirev for piano) by Platon Vasil'evich Zapol'sky
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1890 ;
65. Toccata in C-Sharp Minor by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1902 ;
66. Glinka - A Farewell to St. Petersburg: No. 10. Zhavoronok (The Lark) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1864 ;
67. Islamey, "Oriental Fantasy" by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Performer: Nicholas Walker (Piano)
Written: 1869 ;
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