Balakirev - Complete Piano Works Vol.3: Mazurkas and Other Works | Grand Piano GP714

Balakirev - Complete Piano Works Vol.3: Mazurkas and Other Works


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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP714

Barcode: 0747313971428

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 14th October 2016



This third volume of Balakirev’s complete piano music centres on the sequence of seven Mazurkas, infectiously lively pieces full of Slavic atmosphere and colour. The Humoresque in D major reveals his virtuosic flair whilst the Dumka in E flat minor uses improvisational elements to evoke the Russian landscape and the timelessness of village life. The Sonatina in G major was Balakirev’s last completed work and a joyous finale to a richly creative life. Reviewing Volume 2 (GP713), American Record Guide predicted that Walker’s series would become “the reference set for Balakirev”.

Nicholas Walker studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Moscow Conservatoire. Winner of the first Newport International Piano competition, he has performed with major British Orchestras, given recitals worldwide, and recorded for the BBC, BMG Arte Nova, ASV, Chandos and Danacord labels. He is best known for championing the neglected leader of ‘The Mighty Handful’, Mili Alekseyevich Balakirev. In 2010 he organized the Balakirev Centenary concerts in London. He also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.

“I have no doubt that Walker’s series will replace Paley as the reference set for Balakirev and expect the journey towards its completion will be quite enjoyable.” – American Record Guide

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