piano music -
'... endearing charm.'
Conductor, pianist and a collector of folk songs (with the help of Balakirev and Lyadov), Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov's piano music -- with the exception of his Twelve Transcendental Studies -- is still relatively unknown outside his native Russia, despite his conscious modeling on better known contemporaries. One can rightly nominate him as a Romantic outsider, although acknowledged masters like Chopin, Liszt and even the colourful Rimsky Korsakov, continue to reap the benefits of stardom.
Perhaps, his own performances, notably at The Henry Wood Proms (where Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 in G major and Britten's Diversions for the left hand were each described as notable events) took the attention away from Lyapunov's own music, which is modeled on established scores by more famous composers. He suffered the fate of our own York Bowen, yet time and a considerable flurry of interest has righted our revised recognition in that direction...
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