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Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, November 2019

Walker’s artistry benefits from vivid, realistic, full-bodied, and well-balanced sound, with well-defined piano tone and ample color, in marked contrast to the dryness of Paley’s recordings.

Balakirev must be considered a major contributor to the 19th-century Russian piano literature, and Nicholas Walker’s traversal of his piano music is the one to have. I would expect there to be at least two more releases in this series, and I look forward to hearing them. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



James Harrington
American Record Guide, September 2019

This is Walker’s 4th disc of Balakirev (1837-1910); I praised volumes 1 and 2 (Sept/Oct 2013 & July/Aug 2016). Volume 3 was not reviewed. The music on this program was written from 1856 to 1906 (teen years to old age), and includes three good-sized Scherzos. The variety here is wonderful—there are even several Spanish-flavored works. There are transcriptions of an original song, a Berlioz overture, two waltzes by Taneyev and two substantial elaborations on themes by Glinka.

With each installment in this series, I get to enjoy unfamiliar music that is well written and worth hearing. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Records International, June 2019

The latest batch of keyboard works by this Russian virtuoso/composer includes the premiere recording of a six-minute piece whose source was a Spanish theme collected by Glinka and given to Balakirev in 1856 who then gave it the professional treatment. © 2019 Records International



Michel Dutrieue
Stretto, June 2019

Very special piano music, virtuosic, intelligent and sparkling. Highly recommended. © 2019 Stretto





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