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Track(s) taken from CDA67806

Waltz No 4 in B flat major

composer
1903

Danny Driver (piano)
Recording details: March 2010
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: February 2011
Total duration: 6 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: Rainbow (1900-05) by Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842-1910)
 
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Reviews

'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)

'In the case of the Sonata, motifs of folk song add a distinctive tang to a work of unorthodox construction but fascinating originality. Bravo to Hyperion for championing this music and to Driver for playing it with such sensitivity, polish and élan' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The three releases by the young British pianist Danny Driver have met with considerable acclaim. It's wonderful to see a talent such as this continuing to address the more obsure pianistic byways, and here Driver has assembled a fabulous array of works from Balakirev's very varied keyboard output … as ever, Hyperion provides recording quality and programme notes which are first class in every way' (International Record Review)

'Danny Driver's recordings of York Bowen for Hyperion have enjoyed critical success; here he shows himself a sterling interpreter of Russian repertoire … Driver is most attentive to the musics nuances. The Mazurka second movement is another of contrasts and he captures the dance element perfectly, revelling in sometimes extreme ornamentation … the recording is first class, with great presence' (International Piano)

'Young British pianist, Danny Driver, produces all the technical fireworks needed' (Yorkshire Post)
The Waltz No 4 in B flat major dates from 1903 and starts, as Balakirev so often does, with a big flourish, which will be further developed in the middle section, before virtuoso demands once again pile up towards the coda.

from notes by David Fanning © 2011

La Valse no 4 en si bémol majeur date de 1903 et s’ouvre, comme souvent chez Balakirev, sur une imposante fioriture, qui sera développée dans la section centrale, avant que les exigences virtuoses ne s’accumulent de nouveau vers la coda.

extrait des notes rédigées par David Fanning © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Der Walzer Nr. 4 in B-Dur von 1903 beginnt wie so oft bei Balakirew mit einem großen Ausbruch, der im Mittelteil weiter entwickelt wird, bis die virtuosen Anforderugen sich auf dem Weg zur Coda erneut anhäufen.

aus dem Begleittext von David Fanning © 2011
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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