[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concertos Vol 30 / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 18 October 2002
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These three works, all written in the ten years either side of 1900, are typical of the Russian nationalist school (Lyapunov was a pupil and disciple of Balakirev) with their colourful orchestration and often folk-inspired melodies. The other great hero in Lyapunov's life was Liszt and both the concertos are in a single multisectional movement as pioneered by the Hungarian. Their virtuosity too is Lisztian and there are many cadenza-like passages akin to those found in that master's concertos.
This is the premiere recording of the first concerto.
Who better to play these pieces than Hamish Milne, who has made a speciality of Russian music (he has made many Medtner recordings and his Hyperion recording of Alexandrov has just been exceptionally well received), and the ever excellent BBCSSO consducted by Martyn Brabbins (who also has impeccable Russian credentials - he studied conducting in Leningrad!).
'Yet another programme that makes incomprehensible the narrow choice of 19th-century piano concertos heard in our concert halls today' (BBC Music Magazine)
'Russian melodic flavour, colourful orchestration and sonorous piano writing is present in abundance throught this very welcome release … The combination of Lyapunov's complete piano-and-orchestra output on one disc, in excellent performances and superb recorded sound, make a favourable recommendation mandatory' (International Record Review)
Piano Concerto No 1, Op 4
Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, Op 28
Piano Concerto No 2, Op 38