Galynin: Piano Music, Volume 1
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Herman Galynin: Piano Music, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0076
EAN: 5060113440761
Release Date: 1 June 2008
Duration: 53:25

Sonata Triad
Four Preludes
Spanish Fantasy
Three Pieces from The Tamer Tamed
At the Zoo

Olga Solovieva, piano

The Russian composer Herman Galynin (1922-66) studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Shostakovich and Myaskovsky, producing a flow of brilliant compositions while still a student. They fuse influences from his teachers – Shostakovich’s wit and irony and Myaskovsky’s lyrical introspection – with Prokofiev’s rhythmic energy to produce a language very much his own. Although he was dogged by ill fortune (he was an orphan) and ill health, Galynin’s music expresses a defiant will to live with verve and humour.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
1-3 Sonata Triad (1939–41, rev. 1963)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
1 I. Allegro in B minor 4:34 play
2 II. Allegro in E minor 7:27 play
3 III. Allegro in B major 4:51 play
4-8 Suite (1945)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
4 No. 1, Toccata 2:14 play
5 No. 2, Intermezzo 3:26 play
6 No. 3, Dance 1:09 play
7 No. 4, Aria 2:55 play
8 No. 5, Finale 1:42 play
9-12 Four Preludes (c. 1939)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
9 No. 1, Andantino 1:42 play
10 No. 2, Con moto 1:08 play
11 No. 3, Scherzando 0:50 play
12 No. 4, Lento 3:36 play
13 Waltz (c. 1939)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
1:25 play
14 Dance (c. 1939)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
1:45 play
15 Scherzo (c. 1939)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
1:08 play
16 Spanish Fantasy (c. 1939)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
4:44 play
17-19 Three Pieces from The Tamer Tamed (1944)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
17 Gavotte 1:24 play
18 Intermedio 1:05 play
19 Procession ‘Bringing the Gifts’ 2:09 play
20-24 At the Zoo (1948/65)

Herman Galynin, composer
Olga Solovieva, piano

(first recording)
20 No. 1, Siskin 0:10 play
21 No. 2, Little Hare 0:18 play
22 No. 3, Bear 0:53 play
23 No. 4, Swans 0:49 play
24 No. 5, Elephant 2:01 play


Herman Galynin

Herman Galynin, composer

Olga Solovieva

Olga Solovieva, piano


Galynin in the latest Fanfare Want List

…whimsy, inexhaustible invention, and sharp focus – not only in the arresting thematic material, but in its organization and often fascinating transformation. As for Olga Solovieva, her choice as soloist was inspired. She brings clarity and a wide variety in her touch to these virtuosic performances, while remaining properly responsive to both the poetic and caustic sides of Galynin's musical personality. The simpler pieces, such as the Waltz, aren't treated archly or inflated beyond their means, while the kinetic powerhouses (the Suite's Toccata movement, the first movement of the Sonata Triad) offer up examples of remarkable control. The sound is bright and clear in the treble, but a bit cloudy in the bass, and slightly lacking, overall, in resonance. The liner notes of Louis Blois are excellent. Definitely recommended, with a side order of congratulations to Toccata Classics for making this the first of a series.

Barry Brenesal Fanfare November 2008

brilliantly creative writing […] deeply indebted to Shostakovich yet redeemed by an irrepressible personality

Rob Barnett MusicWeb International June 2008

Galynin - never heard of the guy - is amazing: a blend of Prok & Shost & the wit of Poulenc & Chabrier, all brilliantly played - she has the clarity of Berman and contagious drive. Inspiring stuff and excellent CD presentation - a welcome discovery - but try buying the sheet music!

Muzyka Moscow publish Sonata Triptych (ISBN 5-7140-0813-3) and Pieces for Piano (ISBN 5-7140-1184-8) and together they include everything on this CD except the 1945 Suite - and no more. Only Elkin obliged to get it for me but it took 4 months.

Raymond Luckhurst June 2008

Anyone interested in twentieth century music — particularly that of Soviet Russia — will want to experience this.

Uncle Dave Lewis All Music


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