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Sergey Mikhaylovich Lyapunov: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 1

> Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 61 - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 61
> Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 12 - I. Andantino
> Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 12 - II. Andante sostenuto
> Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 12 - III. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
> Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 12 - IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 61
>Lyapunov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in B minor, Op. 12
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Notes & Reviews:

Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov belonged to the second generation of Russian nationalist composers who were professionally trained and strongly influenced by Balakirev and his associates. The first of Lyapunov's two symphonies is a masterful work of great charm and power. His Violin Concerto has 'a gorgeous solo part, big tunes, high energy, emotional Russian-romantic sweep, and a simply terrific cadenza... Maxim Fedotov sounds like he is having the time of his life' (MusicWeb International).

"If you have a soft spot for the late-Romantic violin concerto, you'll enjoy Lyapunov's...[Fedotov] produce[s] a rich sound from his instrument, and there's rarely a sense of strain in the more virtuoso writing...Yablonsky rarely allows the music to sag." -BBC Music Magazine***

American Record Guide
This is robust and hearty fare, and Yablonsky gives the symphony a big sloppy Russian bear hug worthy of his mentor Rostropovich, lavishing great affection and warmth on this often sprawling essay that in lesser hands could very easily come undone. Aided by warm, expressive playing from the strings - with spacious sonics to match - Yablonsky marshals the full force of the Russian low brass where called for. The unhurried, deeply felt Andante, here a true sostenuto, almost steals the show.

Fanfare
The Violin Concerto is a product of Lyapunov's post-Balakirev years, being completed in 1915, and revised in 1921. It is a curious composition, with distinctive thematic content whose harmonic adventurousness recalls Glazunov's Eighth Symphony, and the torso of his incomplete Ninth, though some of the connective tissue is Tchaikovsky at his most formulaic. The work is a highly keyed, elegiac piece, three uninterrupted movements cleverly based on variations of the same material. The last section fails to live up to the intensity of the rest, but in the right soloist's hands, this piece could become a popular favorite and an excellent way to show off qualities of tone.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 5, Russian State TV and Radio Company KULTURA, M (10/27/2007-10/30/2007).



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>Lyapunov, Sergey : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Maxim Fedotov (Violin)
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State TV and Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow, Russia (10/27/2007-10/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Lyapunov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in B minor, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State TV and Radio Company KULTURA, Moscow, Russia (10/27/2007-10/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1887