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Balakirev: Mazurkas Nos. 1 & 2; Waltz No. 4; Piano Sonata, et al. / Danny Driver, piano

Album Summary

>Balakirev, Mily : Sonata for Piano [No. 2] in B flat minor
>Balakirev, Mily : Nocturne for piano no 2 in B minor
>Balakirev, Mily : Mazurka for piano no 1 in A flat major (2nd Version)
>Balakirev, Mily : Mazurka for piano no 2 in C sharp minor (2nd Version)
>Tan, Alexander Sergeyevich : Valse-Caprice, for piano no 2 in D flat major (arr. by Balakirev)
>Balakirev, Mily : Waltz for piano no 4 in B flat major ("Valse de concert")
>Balakirev, Mily : The Lark
>Balakirev, Mily : Scherzo for piano no 1 in B minor
>Balakirev, Mily : Polka, for piano in F sharp minor
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Notes & Reviews:

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.

”Here's proof that one can cobble together a varied and representative Balakirev recital without including his masterpiece Islamey. Danny Driver's performance of the four-movement B-flat minor sonata is scrupulous and well-played, highlighted by the finale's expert pacing and nimbly dispatched broken chords that contrast to Earl Wild's heavier touch. Yet Wild's freer, more dynamically charged interpretation boasts greater animation and urgent climaxes in the Intermezzo, as well as more pointed and idiomatic accentuation in the MazurkaExcellent, informative notes by David Fanning round out a fine release.”-Classicstoday.com

"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

"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 *****

"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

"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

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010).



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>Balakirev, Mily : Sonata for Piano [No. 2] in B flat minor
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1905

>Balakirev, Mily : Nocturne for piano no 2 in B minor
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Balakirev, Mily : Mazurka for piano no 1 in A flat major (2nd Version)
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Balakirev, Mily : Mazurka for piano no 2 in C sharp minor (2nd Version)
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Tan, Alexander Sergeyevich : Valse-Caprice, for piano no 2 in D flat major (arr. by Balakirev)
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1900

>Balakirev, Mily : Waltz for piano no 4 in B flat major ("Valse de concert")
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1902

>Balakirev, Mily : The Lark
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1864

>Balakirev, Mily : Scherzo for piano no 1 in B minor
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1856

>Balakirev, Mily : Polka, for piano in F sharp minor
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/02/2010-03/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1859