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BARMOTIN, SEMYON (1877–1939)

Piano Music • 3

  • Christopher Williams, piano

A student of Rimsky-Korsakov and Balakirev and a contemporary of Stravinsky and Rachmaninov, Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin (1877–1939) flourished in the years before the Russian Revolution. His was probably the first Ballade for solo piano written by a Russian composer and this large-scale work exemplifies his perfect control of expansive form, Lisztian virtuosic impulse and thematic variety. The two sets of Morceaux enshrine other essential elements of his art – folkloric influences, crystalline sonorities and true expressive depth. Christopher Williams’ third instalment in this acclaimed cycle features all world première recordings.


Ballade in B-Flat Minor, Op. 10 () (00:17:31)
6 Morceaux, Op. 5 () (00:22:00 )
No. 1. Pastorale (00:02:50)
No. 2. Minuetto (00:04:26)
No. 3. Berceuse (00:03:00)
No. 4. Valse mélancolique (00:02:54)
No. 5. Leggenda (00:05:44)
No. 6. Mazurka rustique (00:03:02)
10 Morceaux, Op. 6 () (00:34:00 )
No. 1. Intermezzo (00:07:36)
No. 2. Pastorale norvégienne (00:02:22)
No. 3. Prélude (00:02:11)
No. 4. Chant du Nord (00:01:22)
No. 5. La Coquetterie (00:02:39)
No. 6. Valse capricieuse (00:04:54)
No. 7. Élégie (00:04:57)
No. 8. Prélude (00:01:32)
No. 9. Rêverie (00:01:48)
No. 10. Valse-Scherzo (00:04:31)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:13:19

The Artist(s)

Christopher Williams Christopher Williams is a music graduate of Cardiff University and now leads a busy and varied professional life as a pianist, composer, conductor, teacher and arranger. He is currently assistant director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and is a pianist for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he has performed at the BBC Proms and recorded for the Chandos and Hyperion labels. In addition to his work as a soloist, Williams is in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has partnered many of the prominent instrumentalists of his generation including Philippe Schartz, Tim Thorpe, David Childs, David Pyatt and Tine Thing Helseth. He has also appeared on BBC TV and been broadcast on BBC Radio and Radio Luxembourg. His recording of Brahms transcriptions for Grand Piano was featured as album of the week on NDR Kultur.

The Composer(s)

Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin Particularly notable among Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin’s later works is the Poème symphonique, Op. 30, written in 1930 and dedicated to the memory of his teacher Balakirev, who had died 20 years earlier. Barmotin’s other surviving works include several occasional pieces that reflect the tumultuous period through which he lived, such as the Hymn to Comrade Stalin (1936) and October Victory, a march-cantata to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution (1937).