MILY BALAKIREV (1837-1910): Grand Fantasia on Russian Folksongs for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 4 (Joseph Banowetz [piano], Russian Philhar-monic Orchestra; Konstantin Krimets), 30 Songs of the Russian People (original folksongs: Olga Kalugina [soprano], Svetlana Nikolayeva [mezzo], Pavel Kolgatin [tenor], Balakirev's arrangements: Banowetz & Alton Chung Ming Chan [piano four hands]).
Catalogue Number: 08J054
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0018
Description: The Fantasia is the 18-minute first movement of an unfinished work from Balakirev's 15th year, which treats two authentic folk songs in a style redolent of Henselt, Hummel, Chopin and Schumann. The folk song transcriptions date from 1864 and the singing of their originals before his adaptations illuminates his perceptive and forward-looking, approach to the material