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Editorial Reviews


1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat minor, Op. 4: Allegro con brio
2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat minor, Op. 4: Adagio non tanto
3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat minor, Op. 4: Allegro moderato e maestoso
4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat minor, Op. 4: Adagio non tanto
5. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat minor, Op. 4: Allegro con brio
6. Rhapsody on Ukranian Themes, for piano & orchestra, Op. 28: Andantino pastorale
7. Rhapsody on Ukranian Themes, for piano & orchestra, Op. 28: Allegretto scherzando
8. Rhapsody on Ukranian Themes, for piano & orchestra, Op. 28: Andantino pastorale
9. Rhapsody on Ukranian Themes, for piano & orchestra, Op. 28: Allegro giocoso
10. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 38: Lento ma non troppo
11. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 38: Allegro molto ed appassionato
12. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 38: Allegro moderato
13. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 38: Allegro molto
14. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 38: Lento ma non troppo
15. Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 38: Allegro molto

Product Details

  • Performer: Hamish Milne
  • Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Composer: Sergei Lyapunov
  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00006L3WB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Anthony Hollingsworth on January 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Hyperion continues with it highly valuable yet somewhat uneven "Romantic Piano Concerto" series with the release of Lyapunov's works for piano and orchestra. It mentions that the First Piano Concerto is a premiere recording. A shocking claim, perhaps, for Melodiya was too enterprising to pass this compelling piece of music by, and it's possible that there may be a recording or two of the music in archives (imagine if the Russian Revelation label continues to operate today). Besides, Lyapunov piano music was held too much in high esteem especially by the turn of the 20th Century for even prominent musicians to ignore (but then again I'm reminded that even pianists could be very selective, ignoring even the most memorable of piano music of, say Glazunov, Medtner Catoire, Arensky, to some extent Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, and even Lyapunov himself).

And Lyapunov's First Concerto is a compelling piece of music, rather as ambitious as the First Symphony written two years before, in 1888. And where the piano bravura is more or less in the mode of Lizst and Balakirev, the thematic invention and rhetoric are very much Lyapunov's own. Not to say that the composition is of its upmost originality, but the ideas and handling of them show why Lyapunov is a major point of reference when studying and analyzing Russian music. Listen to the piano entry at 1'42", how poetic yet noble the writing becomes (thanks in part to Milne's highly charged yet imaginative delivery here). There's something heroic within that recalls Balakirev (especially in his First Concerto). But the writing remains lucid, and in the second and fourth movements, beautiful and tranquil.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian C. Kemp on December 27, 2003
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If this were music by a more famous composer such as Liszt, Schumann, Borodin, Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov, it would surely be in the regular repertory (it has affinities with all of them). I only came across it because I had by chance encountered Lyapunov's First Piano Concerto many years ago, and have been looking in vain ever since for a recording. Hamish Milne, Martin Brabbins and the BBC Scottish SO make a very persuasive case for the music and show that it was worth waiting for. I equally enjoyed the Second Piano Concerto and Ukrainian Rhapsody, which were new to me. All the music has clear themes, memorable tunes and is well crafted - it knows where it's going. Think of Liszt's piano concertos with tunes in the Russian folksong-derived style of the "Mighty Handful" and you have a fair idea what to expect. The influences are clear, but Lyapunov has his own voice - this is not merely derivative. Edward Garden's comment on No.1 in his excellent notes in the booklet sums it up for me; "This is altogether much too good a concerto to have been neglected for so long". No hesitation in recommending both the performance and the recording if you want to try this music for yourself.
Incidentally, it was queried whether this was the first ever recording. It is certainly the first easily available commercially. In 1989, having been unable to find one, I wrote to the BBC to ask for it to be played on air. They too were unable to track down any recording. However, they took it as a challenge and produced a studio recording, again with Hamish Milne but accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Sadly, they never released it commercially, but the new CD at last fills the gap, even more impressively. Thanks Hyperion!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darin Tysdal on June 23, 2003
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Another peripheral on the Russian music scene, Lyapounov's music needs to be better known. Much of his music is influenced by Liszt. In fact, the beginning of the 2nd Concerto sounds a lot like the opening of Liszt's Second Concerto. You also hear some glissandi in the piano also towards the end of the work, just like in the Liszt. It is easy to overlook these influences with very good performances such as these. In the 2nd Concerto, Hamish Milne is in competition with Howard Shelley on Chandos, which couples the work with Lyapounov's First Symphony and Polonaise for orchestra. I can live happily with both, and I am interested to see if Shelley will record the other works as well. The Rhapsody is even more flavored with the spectre of Liszt as was the Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto. There is more flamboyance here plus more of Lyapounov's expert orchestration. The first concerto is in the unexpected key of E-Flat Minor. This work somehow has lost some of the influence of Liszt and more 'Russianness' comes out. Here I feel that the loud sections are more impressive than the soft parts, which is not the fault of the performers. This is a much more interesting disc than the Stojowski concertos that I reviewed before. I look forward with anticipation more CD's in this series. I think this is number 31? There is still the concerto by Fritz Spindler......
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Walker on September 11, 2003
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The French and the Russians generally write the gaudiest and most exhilarating piano concerti of all. (I've long suspected Mendelssohn and Liszt of being secretly French). The release of a recording of Russian concerti is always (well, almost always) a cause for rejoicing.
Hyperion has taken up where Vox left off, issuing a whole series of Romantic piano concerti - but at single CD prices that are even higher than the old Vox double-CD prices. Since these recordings duplicate a lot of the Vox repertoire, you can to some extent buy Vox instead of Hyperion - IF you can find the Vox. Still, the newer recordings are always first-rate, both in performance and in sound, and I don't hesitate to buy them if they have material I don't already have.
Sergei Lyapunov isn't exactly a household name. But then, in some households, neither is Rachmaninov, so go figure. He was part of the Russian nationalist movement in composition, which means that his music is exotic, exciting, and full of Volga passion. Yummy. (It's thus no accident that his music sounds a good deal like Borodin's.) Lyapunov is well represented on Vox and 2 of the pieces on this CD (Piano Concerto #2 and the Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes) are in 2 of the Vox collections. What makes this CD a must-buy for me is the first recording of Piano Concerto #1.
The soloist in all 3 pieces is Hamish Milne, a superlative pianist whose day job is being a Professor at the London Academy of Music. He is ably and enthusiastically seconded by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a mainstay of Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series. This CD, by the way, is #30 in that series. You can go to the Hyperion web site, [...
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