Balakirev: Piano Sonata in B flat minor; Islamey / Etsuko Hirose, piano

Audio Samples

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>     A Life for the Tsar (Ivan Susanin; Zhizn' za tsarya), for piano, 4 hands, G. v106
>Balakirev, Mily : Au jardin, etude-idylle for piano in D flat major
>Balakirev, Mily : Toccata for piano in C sharp minor
>Balakirev, Mily : Sonata for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5
>Glinka, Mikhail : L'alouette
>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"

Album Summary

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>Balakirev, Mily : Au jardin, etude-idylle for piano in D flat major
>Balakirev, Mily : Toccata for piano in C sharp minor
>Balakirev, Mily : Sonata for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5
>Glinka, Mikhail : L'alouette
>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Mily Balakirev, 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. Although Islamey is quite well-known, 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 Balakirev as a worthy successor.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
I would get this just for the sonata, but the other pieces are just as good. If you have room for only one CD of Balakirev's piano music, this is the one to have.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cité Nantes Events Center (02/01/2012-02/05/2012).



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>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila :: A Life for the Tsar (Ivan Susanin; Zhizn' za tsarya), for piano, 4 hands, G. v106
  • Performer: Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
  • Notes: Cité Nantes Events Center (02/01/2012-02/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1836

>Balakirev, Mily : Au jardin, étude-idylle for piano in D flat major
  • Performer: Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
  • Notes: Cité Nantes Events Center (02/01/2012-02/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Balakirev, Mily : Toccata for piano in C sharp minor
  • Performer: Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
  • Notes: Cité Nantes Events Center (02/01/2012-02/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Balakirev, Mily : Sonata for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
  • Notes: Cité Nantes Events Center (02/01/2012-02/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1855-1856

>Glinka, Mikhail : L'alouette
  • Performer: Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
  • Notes: Cité Nantes Events Center (02/01/2012-02/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
  • Performer: Etsuko Hirose (Piano)
  • Notes: Cité Nantes Events Center (02/01/2012-02/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869