Violin Concerto Symphony No.1
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Sergey Mikhaylovich Lyapunov belonged to the second generation of Russian nationalist composers who were professionally trained and strongly influenced by Balakirev and his associates. His Violin Concerto has 'a gorgeous solo part, big tunes, high energy,
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Lyapunov's violin concerto was written in 1915 and revised in 1921, years after Balakirev's death in 1910. This is perhaps one of the top ten violin concertos composed in the twentieth century but receives little accolade due to Lyapunov's relative obscurity. Orchestration is inventive and the themes emotionally vibrant. Violinist Maxim Fedotov's performance is enchantingly haunting but also spontaneously precise. With impeccable timing, maestro Dmitry Yablonsky allows his musicians the sensitive intonational expressions required in support of the soloist. This CD has become one of my favourites.
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
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Lyapunov's Violin Concerto is unjustly neglected, both in the concert hall and on disc. It has all the ardor and dash of the piano concertos and seems to be more in keeping with Rachmaninov rather than the Expressionist school. Maxim Federov gives a spirited and distinguished performance, perhaps missing the last word in refinement. Nevertheless, his cadenza is well-executed and he inspires the orchestra to give a glistening performance.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Yablonsky's conducting of the Symphony No. 1. Ironically, Yablonsky shows the same lack of faith in the material as Balakirev showed Lyapunov, influencing the composer to alter his inspiration. Yablonsky's performance can only be described as routine and even enervated. There is some unsteady solo work in the first movement. More lively and refined performances can be found on Chandos (Sinaisky) and Svetlanov's Russian recording (on his own label).
At the Naxos price, this disc is well worth having for the rare Violin Concerto.