Belyayev Project - Piano trios by Rimsky-Korsakov; Glazunov; Blumenfeld / Andrey Baranov; Alexey Zhilin; Miki Aoki Jul05

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Profil Edition Günter Hänssler Record Label - Profil Edition Günter Hänssler: "To convince the lovers of classical music today with a product you need originality, innovation and optimized distribution channels. Profil: the name says it all."
Release date: 2013-05-28


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Belyayev Project - Piano trios by Rimsky-Korsakov; Glazunov; Blumenfeld


The unifying thread that runs through the program on this Profil CD titled "The Belyayev Project", performed by pianist Miki Aoki, violinist Andrey Baranov and cellist Alexey Zhilin, is that all of these pieces were initially published by Mitrofan Belyayev as part of the Belaieff Edition. Mitrofan Belyayev (1836-1904) was a timber baron, enthusiastic amateur violist and pianist, and benefactor of Russian composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He founded a music publishing house in 1885 and used it to copyright, publish and promote the music of deserving Russian composers; in the first decade following its inception, the company published over 1,000 works!

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is central to both the program on this disc and to the Belyayev narrative. All of the other composers here were students of his at one time or another, and Rimsky-Korsakov served in an advisory capacity for Belyayev, determining which composers would benefit from his philanthropy.

Running over forty-five minutes, the major work on the CD is Rimsky-Korsakov's Piano Trio in C minor, a work that was left incomplete at the time of the composer's death and subsequently completed by his student, Maximilian Steinberg in 1939. Along with the Tchaikovsky Trio and the last two of Anton Rubinstein, this work is among the most important piano trios of the Russian Romantic era. Still, it is not well represented on CD, so interested listeners will be happy to discover this exceptionally fine version. You can enjoy the second movement Allegro on the audio sample provided in the sidebar.

The other rarities to be enjoyed here are made up of duets and piano pieces - brief charmers by Lyadov, Blumenfeld and Glazunov, including that composer's lovely Concert Waltz in D major, Op. 47 (played beautifully by pianist Miki Aoki and available for you to hear below) and Jascha Heifetz's arrangement for violin and piano of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Flight of the Bumblebee. In all, this is a very enjoyable and generous seventy-five minute program which, if you have an interest in getting to know the epic Rimsky-Korsakov trio, is not to be missed.

Miki Aoki plays the lovely Concert Waltz by Glazunov, arranged for piano by Felix Blumenfeld