Glinka: The Lark (Zhavronok)

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Balakirev: Piano Sonata & other works

Balakirev: Piano Sonata & other works


Balakirev:

Piano Sonata in B flat minor

Nocturne No. 2 in B minor

Mazurka No. 1 in A Flat

Mazurka No. 2 in C sharp minor

Waltz No.4 in B flat

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor

Polka in F sharp minor

Glinka:

The Lark

arr. Mili Balakirev

Taneyev, A:

Valse-Caprice No. 2 in D flat major

arr. Mili Balakirev


Danny Driver (piano)

Pianist Danny Driver has garnered overwhelming critical praise – and a Gramophone award nomination – for his previous discs for Hyperion. His authoritative and virtuosic performances of York Bowen and CPE Bach have placed him firmly in the ‘one to watch’ category. For his latest disc, he turns to one of the giants of the Russian piano world.

This disc looks beyond the ubiquitous ‘Islamey’ to some of Balakirev’s most important works – which are curiously underrepresented on disc. The Piano Sonata in B flat minor is a major achievement of the period and one quite unlike any contemporary large-scale piano composition. Its absence from the standard repertoire is unfortunate, as it is fully worthy of such a place. Undoubtedly this marvellous recording will provoke a reappraisal.

“In particular, the piano sonata in B flat minor is a terrific, big-hearted piece, unlike anything else from its period, and its neglect in the concert hall is surely due a reappraisal. Driver adds several other delicious treats...Impressive playing throughout” The Observer, 23rd January 2011

“This is by no means gratuitously embroidered music but, as Driver also shows, music of sometimes tender, plaintive emotion, as in a B minor Nocturne...Bravo to Hyperion for championing this music and to Driver for playing it with such sensitivity, polish and élan.” The Telegraph, 4th February 2011 *****

“It's wonderful to see a talent such as this continuing to address the more obscure pianistic byways, and here Driver has assembled a fabulous array of works from Balakirev's very varied keyboard output...This is a fabulous introduction to the very diverse and unduly neglected works by one of the finest of nineteenth-century pianist composers.” International Record Review, March 2011

“Driver presents [Islamey] in a tonally ravishing and lucid performance of the utmost sensitivity...the disc is unquestionably another feather in the cap of a pianist whose every new release is now eagerly anticipated.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

“Hyperion's new release is full of music that mixes Chopinesque grace with Russian-bear grandiosity. Driver is the sort of pianist who can handle both, delivering performances of poise, power and no shortage of passion.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - June 2011

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Russian Visionaries from Glinka to the Firebird

Russian Visionaries from Glinka to the Firebird


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Danish RO, Issay Dobrowen

In the Steppes of Central Asia

London Symphony Orchestra, Albert Coates

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 33 in B major, Op. 56 No. 1

Konstantin Igumnov (piano)

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Danish RO, Issay Dobrowen

The Lark

Vassily Sapellnikov (piano)

Mussorgsky:

On the southern shore of the Crimea (Gurzuf)

Alexander Kaminsky (piano)

Pabst:

Kolykol'naya pesna, Op. 18 No. 1

Konstantin Igumnov (piano)

Prokofiev:

Pieces (10), Op. 12: No. 1 - March

Michael Zadora (piano)

Rimsky Korsakov:

Sadko (tone poem), Op. 5

New York Philharmonic Society Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky

Scriabin:

Mazurka in F sharp, Op. 25 No. 7

Konstantin Igumnov (piano)

Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32 No. 1

Konstantin Igumnov (piano)

Poème, Op. 69, No.1

Vladimir Sofronitsky (piano)

Stravinsky:

Fireworks, Op. 4

New York Philharmonic Society Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Erica Morini (violin)

New York Philharmonic Society Orchestra, Georg Szell

Aveu Passioné in E minor

Konstantin Igumnov (piano)

Rêverie du soir (No. 1 from Morceaux (6), Op. 19)

Konstantin Igumnov (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Alfred Hoehn (piano)

Stuttgart RSO, Wilhelm Buschkoetter

The Seasons, Op. 37b: November (Troika)

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Berlin Staatsoper Orchestra, Oskar Fried


In 1850 Russia had one major composer and several piansts but within sixty years their music scene dominated the world's concert halls. We bring to light Stravinsky enrapt in a state of ecstacy while conducting a work by his mentor Rimsky-Korsakov. Our latest expedition follows pioneers who sought to either imitate Western music or excavate native Pagan, Mythic, and Central Asian sources. When Tchaikovsky's violin concerto hit Vienna, a critic wrote: "We know that in contemporary literature there have started to appear works whose authors love to reproduce in detail the most repulsive physiological phenomena, including foul smells. One might describe literature of that kind as stinking. Well, Tschaikowsky has shown us that there can also be stinking music." Musorgsky instead deprecated Westerners: "A German, when he thinks, starts by analyzing, then demonstrates, while our Russian brother starts by demonstrating, and only then amuses himself by analyzing." Performances include lost recordings by Erica Morini, Georg Szell, Alfred Hoehn, Rachmaninoff, Issay Dobrowen, Albert Coates, Michael Zadora, Konstantin Igumnov, Alexander Kamensky, Oskar Fried, Igor Stravinsky himself, and Vladimir Sofronitsky. Sounds and text follow a path that not only overturned the West's musical hegemony but became a risk to a Soviet regime that tried to recast them into obedient fodder for their obligatory Socialist Realism cult.

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Christian Ihle Hadland - The Lark

Christian Ihle Hadland - The Lark


Borodin:

Petite Suite

Brahms:

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Glinka:

The Lark

transcription of the Romance by Glinka for piano solo

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34


Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

The Norwegian Christian Ihle Hadland is a fascinatingly different pianist. Here he perfoms a diverse programme ranging though pieces by Haydn, Brahms, Borodin, Glinka and Schubert.

Ihle Hadland’s musicianship has a refreshing openness and honesty; with an artistic presence that is indeed rare today. A true lyricist at the piano, Hadland is extremely fine-tuned into the most sensitive nuances of the music he performs.

Displaying an exceptional control of timbre and the most delicate and sensitive approach to the instrument imaginable, makes him a high-in-demand musician all over the world and a favourite both with audiences and music critics. Ihle Hadland’s previous recordings of works by composers such as Chopin, Schumann, Grieg and Mozart, have rightfully received world-wide attention.

On his third solo album for Simax Classics the extraordinary pianist approaches the musical landscape of Central-Europe and Russia. The melancholy permeates throughout the title track, “Zhavoronok” (The Lark), by Mikhail Glinka – a re-working for piano the Balakirev did by a song Glinka wrote after his marriage stranded. The melancholy is no less evident in Brahms’ piano pieces or Haydn’s Sturm und Drang-characterized piano sonata – a lonesome swallow (or perhaps, lark) in minor amongst his many sonatas in the major key.

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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition


Glinka:

The Lark

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Tchaikovsky:

Méditation (No. 5 from Morceaux, Op. 72)

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers

The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Intermezzo


Yomoharu Ushida (piano)

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Glinka, Chopin, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Songs for Voice and Piano

Glinka, Chopin, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Songs for Voice and Piano


Chopin:

Zyczenie (The Maiden's Wish), Op. 74 No. 1

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Smutna rzeka (The Sad River), Op. 74 No. 3

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Gdzie lubi (What She Likes), Op. 74 No. 5

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Melodia (Melody), Op. 74 No. 9

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Piosnka litewska (Lithuanian Song), Op. 74 No. 16

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Moja pieszczotka (My Sweetheart), Op. 74 No. 12

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Pierscien (The Ring), Op. 74 No. 14

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Dvorak:

Gypsy Melodies (7), Op. 55 (B104)

(sung in Slovak)

Marcel Javorček (piano)

Glinka:

Do not Tempt me

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

V krovi gorit ogon zhelania (The Fire of Longing Burns in My Heart)

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

The Poor Singer

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Ne govori, chto serdtsu bol'no (Say not that it grieves the heart)

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

The Lark

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

How sweet it is for me to be with you

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Venetsianskaya noch

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

I am here, Inezilla

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Rachmaninov:

I fell in love, to my sorrow, Op. 8 No. 4

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Marcel Javorček (piano)

A dream, Op. 8 No. 5

Marcel Javorček (piano)

Do not believe me, friend, Op. 14 No. 7

Marcel Javorček (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Zabït tak skoro (So soon forgotten)

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Was I not a blade of grass?, Op. 47 No. 7

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)

Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?), Op. 47 No. 6

Galina Aleshkevich (piano)


Anda-Louise Bogza (soprano)

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Glinka: Songs

Glinka: Songs


Glinka:

The Midnight Review

The Poor Singer

Travel Song (Poputnaya pesnya) (Kukol'nik) from A Farewell to St Petersburg 1840

The Lark

Ja pomnu chudnoe mgnovenie (Oh, I recall that lovely moment)

Venetsianskaya noch

Alla cetra

Ah, kogda b ja prezhde znala (Ah, Would I Knew Before)

Doubt (Somneniye)

Ne govori, chto serdtsu bol'no (Say not that it grieves the heart)

How sweet it is for me to be with you

Tyashka pechal'i grusten svet (Meine Ruh' ist hin; Marguerite's song from Faust)

Do not Tempt me

Utesheniye (Consolation)

To Molly

Cradle Song


Lina Mkrtchyan (alto), Evgeni Talisman (piano)

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Russian Guitar Music

Russian Guitar Music


 

The Bronze Horseman (poem) (Extract)

Alexander Pushkin

read By Alla Bradley-Herring

Asafyev:

Prélude Et Valse

Glinka:

The Lark

Fugue In Three Voices

2nd Edition, Arr. Herring

Ivanov-Kramskoi:

Nocturne

At The Gate

Sad Mood

Korchmar:

White Nights Serenades

Langer, E:

The Evening Flower

with Stephen Goss (guitar)

Rudnev:

My Husband Made Me Stoke The Fire

The Old Lime Tree

I Will Forget You When…

Shishkin:

The Night Is Bright

Arr. Orekhov

Tchaikovsky:

Album for the Young, Op. 39: Priere du matin

Arr. Herring

Douce rêverie (No. 21 from Album for the Young, Op. 39)

Arr. Pyotr Agafoshin

Album for the Young, Op. 39: Melodie antique francaise

Arr. Herring

Zakharov:

Prelude & Fughetta On Slavonic Themes


Carl Herring (guitar)

A captivating CD of virtuosic Russian folk dances and evocative ballads from Glinka and Tchaikovsky to innovative contemporary pieces by Grigori Korchmar amd Elena Langer, played by one of the leading British classical guitarists of his generation, Carl Herring.

Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with first class honours in 2003, Carl Herring won the highly coveted Julian Bream Prize and the prestigious Ivor Mairants Award. Carl’s blossoming career has already seen him share a stage with John Williams, and he has received the enthusiastic praise of Leo Brouwer and György Kurtág for his interpretation of their compositions. With a rapidly growing international reputation, he has given performances in Cuba, Sri Lanka, Scandinavia, Continental Europe and the Caribbean and has given recitals for Britain’s leading international guitar festivals and societies.

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Rarities of Piano Music at the Husum Festival 1987-1988

Rarities of Piano Music at the Husum Festival 1987-1988


Alkan:

Esquisses (48), Op. 63: No. 32 'Minuettino'

Esquisses (48), Op. 63: No. 46 'Le premier billet doux'

Esquisses (48), Op. 63: No. 45 'Les diablotins

Rainer M. Klaas

Chabrier:

Air de Ballet

Peter Froundjian

Pièces pittoresques (10): Mauresque

Peter Froundjian

Chaminade:

Autrefois, Op. 87 No. 4

Peter Froundjian

Chopin:

Bolero, Op. 19

Boris Bloch

Debussy:

Masques

Nina Tichman

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Daniel Berman

Glinka:

The Lark

Philip Fowke

Godowsky:

The Garden of Buitenzorg (from Java Suite)

Daniel Berman

Elegy for the left hand alone

Rainer M. Klaas

Hamelin:

Étude No. 12 in A flat minor 'Prelude and Fugue'

Marc-André Hamelin

Henselt:

Etude in D minor, Op. 2 No. 1

Etude in D flat major, Op. 2 No. 2

Michael Ponti

Ireland:

The Island Spell

Daniel Berman

Joachim:

Variationen über ein irisches Elfenlied

Michael Struck

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Philip Fowke

Liszt:

Les cloches de Genève (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 9)

Peter Froundjian

Moszkowski:

Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6

Michael Ponti

Nielsen:

Piano Music for Young and Old, Op. 53 (FS148)

Peter Westenholz

Rachmaninov:

Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands: Waltz

Daniel Berman/Peter Froundjian/Rainer M. Klaas

Floods of Spring (from Twelve Songs, Op. 14)

Daniel Berman

Rameau:

Elégie

Daniel Berman

Sancan:

Caprice romantique (main gauche seule)

Peter Froundjian

Schmitt, F:

Le cheval de Ferme-l'œil, Op. 58 No. 3

Le parapluie chinois, Op. 58 No. 7

Duo Quatre Mains

Schubert:

Andantino varié Op. 84, No. 1

Daniel Berman

Schulhoff:

Cinq études de jazz, WV 81: Tango

Rainer M. Klaas

Schumann:

Der Abschied, Op. 82, No. 9

Marc-André Hamelin

Strauss, R:

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Daniel Berman

Szymanowski:

Valse Romantique

Peter Froundjian

Villa-Lobos:

Cirandinha No. 4

Roberto Szidon

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Quintet (trans. von Bülow)

Eckart Sellheim


Recently located live recordings of the 1987 & 1988 Husum Piano festival, are now released for the first time on CD at two for the price of one. Not to missed by any piano lover!

“[Fowke's] playing is that of a true virtuoso, sumptuously coloured and inflected, while Marc-Andre Hamelin displays all of his superhuman command in his own savagely intricate Prelude and Fugue Etude. Clearly I could go on for ever, but all I can offer is a taster from this box of delights…” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

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Slavonic Spirit

Slavonic Spirit


Arutiunian:

Scherzo de concert

Böhme, O:

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op. 18

Brandt, V:

Pièce de concert, No. 1, Op. 11

Glazunov:

Albumleaf for trumpet & piano

Glinka:

The Lark

Goedicke:

Concert Study for trumpet & piano, Op. 49

Höhne, C:

Slavonic Fantasy

Rachmaninov:

Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1

Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major

Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6


Romain Leleu (trumpet) & Julien Le Pape (piano)

"The Slavonic works presented here include original works for trumpet, written by composers who are not well known to the general public, and also arrangements of popular works, ones that everyone must have heard at some time or another. The latter include Vocalise by Rachmaninov, Valse Sentimentale and the last movement, Mélodie, from Souvenir d’un lieu cher by Tchaikovsky, and the famous Flight of the Bumblebee, an orchestral interlude written by Nikolay Rimsky- Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan. This recording represents an important new step for me; I hope it will give the listener as much pleasure as it gave me. “ Romain Leleu

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The Cello’s Russian Voice

The Cello’s Russian Voice


Glinka:

Ja pomnu chudnoe mgnovenie (Oh, I recall that lovely moment)

The Lark

Within my blood burns a flame of desire

Do not Tempt me

Doubt (Somneniye)

Rachmaninov:

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Loneliness

Night is sorrowful, Op. 26 No.12

To my sorrow I have grown to love

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Tchaikovsky:

Sred' shumnogo bala (Amid the din of the ball), Op. 38 No. 3

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

O ditya, pod okoshkom tvoim (Serenade), Op. 63 No. 6

Strashnaya minuta (The Fearful Moment), Op. 28 No. 6

To bilo ranneyu vesnoy (It happened in the early spring), Op. 38 No. 2

Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?), Op. 47 No. 6

Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5

Zabït tak skoro (So soon forgotten)

Solitude ('Again, as before, alone'), Op. 73 No. 6


Dmitri Ferschtman (cello) & Mila Baslawskaja (piano)

Beautifully packaged as a book with a CD, it features the music of Russian songs, arranged for cello and piano. The poems by Pushkin, Tiutchev, Tolstoy and others inspired the great 19th century composers to create the beautiful songs which are firmly embedded in the collective psyche of every Russian.

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