Mikhail Shilyaev (piano)
Mikhail Shilyaev uses a Bechstein piano from 1898 for this recording, presenting a programme of works (with the exception of the Mompou Variations) that were written around the time this piano was built. The pianistic sound worlds of Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin and Mompou are reflected in the sound world of this, their contemporary (or near contemporary) instrument.
Claude Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
III. Clair de lune
Federico Mompou: Variations on a Theme of Chopin
I. Theme. Andantino
II. Variation 1. Tranquillo e molto amibile
III. Variation 2. Grazioso
IV. Variation 3. Lento
V. Variation 4. Espressivo
VI. Variation 5. Tempo di Mazurka
VII. Variation 6. Recitativo
VIII. Variation 7. Allegro leggiero
IX. Variation 8. Andante dolce ed espressivo
X. Variation 9. Valse
XI. Variation 10. Évocation. Cantabile molto espressivo
XII. Variation 11. Lento dolce e legato
XIII. Variation 12. Galope
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Alexander Scriabin: Trois Morceaux, Op.52
III. Poème languide
Alexander Scriabin: Deux Morceaux, Op.57
II. Caresse dansée
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.5, Op.53
Alexander Scriabin: Deux Danses, Op.73
II. Flammes sombres
Recorded in Steppenwolf Studio, Holland, on 21st-23rd July 2017
Front Cover: Josué Cardenas
Booklet Design: Willowhayne Records
Piano: Bechstein, Berlin, 1897, No.44160 from the collection of Bonarius & Van Poppelen
Piano Tuning: Baart Houtgraaf Recording Engineering & Production: Slava Poprugin
Executive Producers: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 75.05
Release Date: September 2018
Mikhail Shilyaev was born in Izhevsk, Russia. He started learning piano at the age of six and won several regional piano competitions at a young age. He studied in Russia, Germany and in the UK.
As a soloist with orchestra, he has recently performed with Musikkollegium Winterthur, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, RNCM Concert Orchestra, the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with leading conductors including Christopher Warren-Green, Pascal Rophé and Nikoloz Rachveli.
In July 2010 Mikhail won the Bronze Medal at the prestigious Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon.
Mikhail lives in London and plays mostly in the UK and Europe. He has been taking part in numerous festivals across Europe including Zaubersee festival in Lucerne. Among his chamber music partners are Boris Brovtsyn, Anastasia Kobekina and Natalie Clein. He is interested in historical performance practice and often gives recitals on fortepianos. Mikhail is also known for his collaboration with singers including the rising stars Anna Gobachyova, Nardus Williams and Tuuli Takkala. Mikhail’s repertoire stretches from early Baroque to contemporary music.
He has recently released two critically acclaimed CDs on Toccata Classics and Stone Records.
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