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Louis Kentner Plays Balakirev, Lyapunov and the Liszt Sonata / Loius Kentner, piano

Album Summary

>Balakirev, Mily : Sonata for Piano [No. 2] in B flat minor
>Balakirev, Mily : Rêverie, for piano in F major
>Balakirev, Mily : Mazurka for piano no 6 in A flat major
>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Lyapunov, Sergey : Etudes (12) D'Execution Transcendente, for piano, Op. 11
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Notes & Reviews:

Though born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire and having studied and launched his career in Budapest, Louis Kentner decided to relocate to London in the 1930s and for the next 50 years reined a part of the British musical establishment. He was a mainstay of the Columbia catalogue throughout the 1930s and 1940s where he recorded a wide range of repertoire including the 'Hammerklavier' sonata and many premiere recordings of major Liszt works. In the 1950s he went on to record for HMV, both as a soloist and as a duo partner to Menuhin, whose brother-in-law he had become through marriage. Almost all the recordings on this release date from the end of the 78rpm era and have been unfortunately neglected as a result. Two major works of the late romantic Russian repertoire, the Balakirev Sonata and the Lyapunov Transcendental Studies, here received their premier recordings, and to many listeners, they have yet to be surpassed. Kentner had an invincible Lisztian technique; there was no one better to tackle Lyapunov's homage to Liszt's own 'Transcendentals.' Of particular interest is Kentner's only recording of the Liszt sonata, and a magnificent one it turns out to be. Issued on 78s in 1951 when most other labels had switched to LP, this recording had a very short life and has never previously been reissued. It is a major addition to the available discography of Liszt sonatas and to Kentner's legacy.

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Recording information: Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (03/07/1939); Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (04/14/1944); Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (05/28/1947/06/04/1948); Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (06/02/1949); Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (06/14/1944); Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (06/16/1944); Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (1949-12-13_1949-12-15&1949-).



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>Balakirev, Mily : Sonata for Piano [No. 2] in B flat minor
  • Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1905

>Balakirev, Mily : Rêverie, for piano in F major
  • Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Balakirev, Mily : Mazurka for piano no 6 in A flat major
  • Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
  • Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (05/28/1948/06/04/1948)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Etudes (12) D'Execution Transcendente, for piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Louis Kentner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 3, Abbey Road, London (1949-12-13_1949-12-15&1949-)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic