Russian Piano Music, Vol. 4 – Lyapunov


Catalogue No: DDA 25084
EAN/UPC: 809730508424
Release Date: March 2010
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 72:36

Our series continues with one of the lesser known figures of 20th century Russian music – and some wonderful music which is brilliantly constructed. This is high Romantic music at its very best; a sumptuous Sonata, and several more pieces which can be considered equal to the established repertoire and is truly among the most virtuosic and rich music ever written.

(previously very briefly available on Olympia)

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Track Listing

    Sergei Lyapunov:

  1. I. Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 27 − I. Allegro appassionato (8:16)
  2. II. Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 27 − II. Andante sostenuto (7:30)
  3. III. Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 27 − III Allegro vivo (9:07)
  4. Barcarolle in G sharp minor, Op. 46 (8:15)
  5. I. Variations on a Georgian Theme, Op. 60 − I. Andantino – piu mosso (4:28)
  6. II. Variations on a Georgian Theme, Op. 60 − II. Allegretto scherzando – meno mosso (5:17)
  7. III. Variations on a Georgian Theme, Op. 60 − III. Presto (2:35)
  8. I. Fetes de Noel – Quatre tableaux, Op. 41 − I. Nuit de Noel (5:00)
  9. II. Fetes de Noel – Quatre tableaux, Op. 41 − II. Cortege des mages (4:56)
  10. III. Fetes de Noel – Quatre tableaux, Op. 41 − III. Chanteurs de Noels (1:58)
  11. IV. Fetes de Noel – Quatre tableaux, Op. 41 − IV. Chant de Noel (3:14)
  12. Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 8 (6:57)
  13. Mazurka No. 8 in G minor, Op. 36 (4:22)


American Record Guide

Anthony Goldstone is no slouch when it comes to performing rare and difficult music. Excellent notes and sonorous recorded sound.

” —Becker
Midwest Record

Goldstone has proved himself to be one cool cat. If you love classical music with a flourish, this is right up your alley. With never a dull moment, you’ll fall in love with something you should have heard a long time ago. Well done.

” —Chris Spector
Liverpool Daily Post

An attractive programme. One wonders why we don’t hear more of this romantic composer? It’s a feast for piano buffs.

” —Peter Spaull

All of Goldstone’s discs are highly satisfying, played with power and conviction…. his solo recordings are all of immense interest.

” —Marius Dawn

This is an excellent disc and one that should not be missed… Anthony Goldstone proves to be a superb guide to this unfamiliar repertoire. He has the full measure of it musically as well as technically. Goldstone provides also an illuminating and enthusiastic liner note – a model of its kind, add an excellent recording and you will understand my enthusiasm. This is a disc in which all those involved can take great pride. Revelatory repertoire superbly performed, recorded and beautifully presented. RECORD OF THE YEAR 2010

” —Nick Barnard
Thomas's Record Stores

Lyapunov’s works have a breadth and grandness beyond that achieved by Balakirev, and in contrast with [his mentor] Balakirev’s focussed and melancholy Sonata, Lyapunov’s feels expansive and rhapsodic. There is another recording of these works (Marco Polo 8223468), but Anthony Goldstone’s is in every way preferable for insight, virtuosity – at a high level, these works require serious pianism—and recording quality. Less melancholy than Rachmaninov, more characterful than Medtner, this is music of poise, elegance and dignity that will provide much listening satisfaction.

” —Chris Dench
Music And Vision

Chopin himself would relish the conscious attempts to escape the tonality through Lisztian embellishments. What a tease! Delights galore, with performances matching the recording.

” —Bill Newman

A praiseworthy enterprise… Anthony Goldstone delivers unrivalled versions of all the pieces that he records. {He} never stops at technical flamboyance, giving priority to the lyricism and the melody. Superb disc.. magnificently interpreted.

” —Fred Audin

This is a nice collection of CDs of the Russian piano repertoire… Anthony Goldstone is an interpreter we can’t overlook. The repertoire he presents is not just special and precious, but also put forward with remarkable cultural intelligence. Goldstone convinces and charms us

” —Riccardo Risaliti

I was bowled over by Anthony Goldstone’s consummate artistry and sheer virtuosity in these multi faceted pieces… Fastidiously detailed notes and fine recordings complement what must be one of the highlights of piano recordings this year.

” —Gerald Fenech