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Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful'

Release date: 03 May 2011, CHAN10676


Philip Edward Fisher


Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Modest Mussorgsky, Cesar Cui, Mily Balakirev




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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition 35:16   $
Promenade 01:28   $
I. Gnomus 02:33   $
Promenade 00:48   $
II. Old Castle 05:07   $
Promenade 00:27   $
III. Tuileries 01:01   $
IV. Bydlo 02:47   $
Promenade 00:39   $
V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells 01:09   $
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle 02:32   $
Promenade 01:25   $
VII. The Market-Place at Limoges 01:28   $
VIII. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum) - 02:10   $
VIII. Con mortuis in lingua mortua 02:13   $
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga) 03:46   $
X. The Great Gate at Kiev 05:43   $
Cesar Cui: 4 Morceaux, Op. 22 6:6   $
No. 3. Nocturne 06:06   $
Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Scherzo in A flat major 3:18   $
Scherzo in A-Flat Major 03:18   $
Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin: Petite Suite 20:26   $
I. In the Monastery 04:19   $
II. Intermezzo 03:22   $
III. Mazurka 03:03   $
IV. Mazurka 03:25   $
V. Reverie 01:37   $
VI. Serenade 02:10   $
VII. Nocturne 02:30   $
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: 4 Pieces, Op. 11 1:8   $
No. 3. Scherzino 01:08   $
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: 3 Pieces, Op. 15 5:7   $
No. 2. Romance 01:42   $
No. 1. Waltz 03:25   $
Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev: Islamey 8:53   $
Islamey 08:53   $

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The Mighty Handful were all self-trained amateurs. Borodin combined composing with a career in chemistry; Rimsky-Korsakov was a naval officer; and Mussorgsky had been in the Guards, then in the civil service, before taking up music. They tried to incorporate in their music what they heard in village songs, in Cossack dances, in church chants, and the tolling of church bells; in short, the music of the Mighty Handful was brimming with sounds that echoed Russian life. From the more traditional, Chopin-esque Nocturne by Cui through to the technical innovations and strong Caucasus folk elements of Balakirev’s Islamey, the works here all show the composers’ strong connections with the past and the compositional innovations that would come to influence the likes of Prokofiev and Stravinsky, and help change the course of Russian music for years to come.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and The Juilliard School, the pianist Philip Edward Fisher is widely recognised as a unique performer of refined style and exceptional versatility. He has performed across Europe, Africa, and North America where he made his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2002, performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, and has also appeared at the Merkin Concert Hall and the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

At home he has given performances at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, and Royal Festival Hall in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. He has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, and worked with performers such as exclusive Chandos artist bassoonist Karen Geoghegan, the tenor Robert White, pianist Sara Buechner, and violinists Elmar Oliveira, Philippe Graffin, and Augustin Hadelich. In 2001, Philip Edward Fisher received the Julius Isserlis Award from The Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

Recorded in: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 25 and 26 August 2010.

Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful'

Category Solo Instrumental

Period Romantic

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