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Balakirev - Piano Sonata and other works
Label: Hyperion
Released: February 1, 2011
Catalog Num: CDA67806

This disc looks beyond the ubiquitous Islamey to some of Balakirev’s most important works – which are curiously underrepresented on disc. The Piano Sonata in B flat minor is a major achievement of the period and one quite unlike any contemporary large-scale piano composition. Its absence from the standard repertoire is unfortunate, as it is fully worthy of such a place.

Danny Driver continues his Hyperion exploration of the piano repertoire with delightful interpretations of Mily Balakirev. In particular, the piano sonata in B flat minor is a terrific, big-hearted piece, unlike anything else from its period, and its neglect in the concert hall is surely due a reappraisal … Impressive playing throughout ensures that your finger won't stray far from the replay button' (The Observer)

BBC Music Magazine 'Instrumental Choice' (5 stars)

Daily Telegraph Classical CD of the Week

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