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Track(s) taken from CDA67806

Valse-caprice No 2 in D flat major


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 11 seconds

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


'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 Valse-Caprice No 2 in D flat major is an elaboration of a piece by Alexander Taneyev, a distant relation of the much better known Sergey. Here Balakirev gives full rein to his gift for cadenza-like flourishes, which introduce and punctuate Taneyev’s music, culminating in a coda that features the most extravagant of many textural accretions.

from notes by David Fanning © 2011

La Valse-Caprice no 2 en ré bémol majeur développe une pièce d’Alexander Taneïev, un parent éloigné du célèbre Sergueï. Ici, Balakirev donne carrière à son don pour les fioritures façon cadenza, qui introduisent et ponctuent la musique de Taneïev pour culminer en une coda mettant en scène les plus extravagants des nombreux accroissements de texture.

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

Die Valse-Caprice Nr. 2 in Des-Dur ist die Ausarbeitung eines Stücks von Alexander Tanejew, ein entfernter Verwandter des wesentlich bekannteren Sergei Tanejew. Hier lässt Balakirew zur Einführung und Punktierung von Tanejews Musik seiner Begabung für kadenzähnliche Verzierungen freien Lauf, die ihren Höhepunkt in einer Coda mit den extravagantesten der im übrigen zahlreichen strukturellen Ballungen finden.

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

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