Inspired by the richness of Eastern folk music, Mily Balakirev composed the oriental fantasy Islamey in 1869. Based on themes from Armenia and the Caucasus region, this scintillating work is known worldwide as a supreme example of virtuoso piano writing at its best. Other favorite Russian piano works featured in this exceptional compilation include music by Arensky, Borodin, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other masters. Among them are such all-time favorites as Rubinstein's lovely "Melody in F," Prokofiev's blazing Toccata, Scriabin's famous Nocturne for Left Hand Alone, Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Stravinsky's "Piano-Rag-music," and many more. Aimed at intermediate- to advanced-level pianists, this handsome volume features an introduction by internationally acclaimed pianist Joseph Banowetz, a specialist in Russian piano music.