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Sergei Lyapunov and the groupe des cinq
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:04:25 AM »
Lyapunov was born in 1859 and died in exile in Paris in 1924.  He was a renown pianist and studied the composition with Sergei Taneyev.  He is best known for his 12 √©tudes transcendentales dedicated to Franz Liszt.  He is associated to Balakirev  who helped him early on in his carrier.  Through Balakirev, Lyapunov is associated to the group of five.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Lyapunov

I do not know a whole lot about his compositions but found these discs of his piano music pretty cool





His music is reminiscent of Nicolai Medtner, without the extreme romantism.

His brother, Alexandr Lyapunov is a very renown mathematician.


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Re: Sergei Lyapunov and the groupe des cinq
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 10:05:36 AM »
I very much enjoy Lyapunov. His top work is often listed as Etudes d'exécution transcendante. I have Scherbakov, who is excellent here. I can recommend all the discs that I have of him. They are:





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Re: Sergei Lyapunov and the groupe des cinq
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 11:51:40 AM »
I like both of his symphonies and his Piano Concerto No.2.
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Re: Sergei Lyapunov and the groupe des cinq
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2017, 09:18:14 PM »


The Russian exoticism never fails me, and Lyapunov demonstrated it once more with his tone poem Hashish, op. 53. Talking about this work won't be anythyng new, but I found it mesmerizing. Admirers of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade will be pleased with this marvelous composition. Sumptuous, permeated with an unmistakable Arabian influence, really quite inspired. Lyapunov tried some drug when composing it (something similar happened with Berlioz about the Symphonie Fantastique). The result couldn't be better: a true tone poem of its own class.

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Re: Sergei Lyapunov and the groupe des cinq
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2017, 11:57:18 PM »


The Russian exoticism never fails me, and Lyapunov demonstrated it once more with his tone poem Hashish, op. 53. Talking about this work won't be anythyng new, but I found it mesmerizing. Admirers of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade will be pleased with this marvelous composition. Sumptuous, permeated with an unmistakable Arabian influence, really quite inspired. Lyapunov tried some drug when composing it (something similar happened with Berlioz about the Symphonie Fantastique). The result couldn't be better: a true tone poem of its own class.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/wJbzIATP6HI" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/wJbzIATP6HI</a>
Both fine works - atmospheric and magical.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).