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Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 30 - Lyapunov / Brabbins, Milne

Album Summary

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat minor, Op. 4
>Lyapunov, Sergey : Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, for piano & orchestra, Op. 28
>Lyapunov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E major, Op. 38
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Hyperion celebrates the 30th release in its invaluable The Romatic Piano Concerto series with a disc of Lyapunov's works for piano and orchestra as beautiful as it is comprehensive. Throughout, Hamish Milne holds his head high, lucidly and affectionately commanding cascades of notes, and he is stylishly partnered by Martyn Brabbins." - Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

'A disc as beautiful as it is comprehensive' (Gramophone)

'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)

'Throughout, Hamish Milne holds his head high, lucidly and affectionately commanding cascades of notes, and he is stylishly partnered by Martyn Brabbins' (Gramophone)

'With the risk of the laser beam totally ruining this new Hyperion release from repeated playing, I am now prepared to throw away a few more symphonies just to make room for more Lyapunov' (Pianist)

'Milne, as usual, offers resilient rhythms and tightly focused phrasing marked by a refreshing attention to detail... you're unlikely to hear a better performance of this repertoire in the foreseeable future' (Fanfare, USA )

'This is one of the very best entries in Hyperion's ongoing survey, and I'm pleased to recommend it to you without the slightest hesitation' (American Record Guide)

'This is bejewelled writing carried off with spiritual and technical mastery by Milne' (musicweb.uk.net)

'there's no denying the sumptuous virtuosity inherent in these pieces, which pianist Hamish Milne tosses off with obvious relish and technical assurance' (ClassicsToday.com)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Hyperion celebrates the 30th release in its invaluable The Romantic Piano Concerto series with a disc of Lyapunov's works for piano and orchestra as beautiful as it's comprehensive.

Whether in Opp 4, 28 or 38, you could never fail to guess the composer's nationality, and even when you sense Balakirev's eagle eyed scrutiny of the First Concerto or Liszt's influence in the Second, Lyapunov's style invariably transcends the sources of his inspiration.

Indeed, it's no exaggeration to say, as Edward Garden does in his excellent accompanying essay, that the hushed nocturnal opening to the Second Concerto is among the loveliest in the repertoire, setting the stage for every starry-eyed wonder.

The writing is as lavish and ornate as even the most ardent lover of Russian Romantic music could wish - at 3'35" it's like some richly embroidered cloth winking and glinting with a thousand different lights and colours. More generally, everything is seen through such a personal and committed perspective that all sense of derivation or of a tale twice told is erased.

Such an overall impression wouldn't, occur if the performances were less skilful or meticulously prepared. Hamish Milne holds his head high, lucidly and affectionately throughout, commanding cascades of notes; he's stylishly partnered by Martyn Brabbins. There's competition in the Second Concerto from the urbane and scintillating Howard Shelley who is rather more immediately recorded on Chandos. But to have all three works on a single disc is an irresistible bonus.



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Works Details

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat minor, Op. 4
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (06/13/2002/06/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes, for piano & orchestra, Op. 28
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (06/13/2002/06/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in E major, Op. 38
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (06/13/2002/06/14/2002)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909