Balakirev - Complete Piano Works Vol.4: Scherzi and Other Works | Grand Piano GP810

Balakirev - Complete Piano Works Vol.4: Scherzi and Other Works


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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP810

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 10th May 2019



This fourth volume in Nicholas Walkerís complete edition of Balakirevís piano music is structured around his three Scherzos, which take us from the youthful influence of Chopin and Liszt in the First Scherzo, to the music of his prolific final decade, from which the Second Scherzo is one of his finest compositions. Balakirevís interest in Spanish music was kindled by his mentor Glinka, creating surprisingly authentic sounding textures and rhythms, and the programme is topped with the elegantly masterful poetry of the two Valse-Caprices.

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 also sought after as an imaginative and sensitive accompanist. Although his Beethoven performances have brought him special critical acclaim, he is best known for championing the neglected leader of ĎThe Mighty Handfulí, Mili Alekseyevich Balakirev. In 2010 he organised the Balakirev Centenary concerts in London. He also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.

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