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After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory it was obvious Nikolai Medtner was destined for a career as a concert pianist, but he also enjoyed a fruitful career as a composer. Rachmaninov described Medtner as ‘the greatest composer of our time’ and his penchant for the piano is reflected in his substantial number of compositions, all of which include the piano.
Medtner was born in Moscow but his ancestry was German. Stimmungsbilder Op.1 illustrates the wide spectrum of German-Russian romanticism. As a contrast, the more abstract and improvised Sonata Triad, Op. 11 features elements of extended etudes mixed with aria-like lyricism. His Forgotten Melodies were written as a balance to the agonies of the ongoing war and revolution.
Nicolas Medtner: 8 Stimmungsbilder (8 Mood Pictures)
I. Prologue: Andante cantabile
II. Allegro con impeto
III. Maestoso freddo
IV. Andantino con moto
VI. Allegro con humore
VII. Allegro con ira
VIII. Allegro con grazia (quasi valse)
Nicolas Medtner: Sonaten-Triade, Op. 11
No. 1 in A flat major
No. 2 in D minor, "Elegy"
No. 3 in C major
Nicolas Medtner: 3 Pieces, Op. 31
No. 1. Improvisation
No. 2. Marche funebre
No. 3. Conte
Nicolas Medtner: Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38
No. 1. Sonata reminiscenza
No. 2. Danza graziosa
No. 3. Danza festiva
No. 4. Canzona fluviala
No. 5. Danza rustica
No. 6. Canzona serenata
No. 7. Danza silvestra
No. 8. Alla Reminiscenza
Nicolas Medtner: Forgotten Melodies, Op. 39*
No. 1. Meditazione
No. 2. Romanza
No. 3. Primavera, "Fruhlingsmarchen"
No. 4. Canzon matinata
No. 5. Sonata tragica
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