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BALAKIREV, M.A.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (N. Walker)

BALAKIREV, M.A.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (N. Walker)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Nicholas Walker



Wyastone Leys, UK


Record Label
Grand Piano




Total Time - 76:23
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BALAKIREV, M.A.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (N. Walker)

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Piano Sonata in B flat minor

1 I. Andantino 6:23
2 II. Mazurka: Moderato 5:14
3 III. Intermezzo: Larghetto 4:18
4 IV. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco 8:32

Piano Sonata No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5

5 I. Andante - Allegro assai, feroce 10:52
6 II. Mazurka: Tempo di mazurka 3:53
7 III. Andante 6:01

Piano Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 3, "Grande Sonate"

8 I. Allegro feroce 12:00
9 II. Mazurka 3:52
10 III. Larghetto 8:12
11 IV. Finale: Allegro grazioso 6:22
12 V. Epilogue: Fuga 0:44
 Nicholas Walker Soloist

Balakirev’s Sonata in B flat minor, Op 5 (1905) is the summit of his ambition to create a work that expresses the entire history of Russia. This highly original and most moving of all Russian Sonatas encapsulates all three Sonatas, having begun life as the Grande Sonate, Op 3 (1855), here recorded for the first time, subsequently becoming the First Sonata (1856). This recording of the Sonata, Op 5 is the first to have been made from the original manuscript, without the mistakes to be found in the two published scores.

"... If you are enamoured of Balakirev as I am, this belongs in your collection. I suspect the coming will as well, assuming they are up to the high standards seet by this initial release."

James Harrington - American Record Guide - September/October 2013

                 Interpretation ******        Sound *****      Repertoire ******

Robert Nemecek - Piano News magazine - September/October 2013

"This is a fascinating disc ... All three of these works are in the same key, but such is the compelling nature of Balakirev’s writing that there is no sense of of listener fatigue in a straight playthrough. Nicholas Walker, who provides his own booklet notes, is an eloquent in his writing as he is in his playing..."

Colin Clarke - International Piano magazine - September/October 2013

                        Music ****½ (Very Good/Excellent)           Sound ***½ (Good/Very Good)

Ingo Harden - Fono Forum magazine - August 2013

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