Medtner: Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1

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Medtner: Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1

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3rd Sept 2012




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Medtner: Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1


Sonata in G minor, Op. post.

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5

Sonata reminiscenza in A minor, Op. 38 No. 1

Paul Stewart (piano)



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Like his near-contemporary Rachmaninov, who called him ‘the greatest composer of our time’, Nikolay Medtner was a composer, pianist and an exile from his native Russia. His portfolio of works includes a remarkable series of pieces for his own instrument, including fourteen sonatas and some hugely evocative, deeply poetic miniatures. Medtner’s gift for melody is immediately discerned in the early Sonatina in G minor. The Sonata No. 1, Op. 5, his first large-scale work, enshrines autobiographical elements and is both intense and spiritually charged. Poetry and nostalgia flood the beautiful Sonata-Reminiscenza in A minor. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Medtner Piano Sonatas.

Nicolas Medtner: Sonatina in G minor

I. Allegretto, ma non troppo

II. Scherzo: Allegro

Nicolas Medtner: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5

I. Allegro

II. Intermezzo: Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Finale: Allegro risoluto

Nicolas Medtner: Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38

Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 1. Sonata reminiscenza

The Guardian

26th September 2012


“Stewart has all the necessary technique to cope with the technical challenges; further discs will show whether his playing has the larger-than-life personality to bring its intricate, expansiveness into sharp focus.”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2013

“Canadian pianist Paul Stewart launches a deeply personal and complex project with unfailing mastery and acute stylistic Medtner's own incomparable recordings, Paul Stewart adds a voice of exceptional distinction, finely presented and recorded.”

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