Medtner - Piano Works

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Stimmungsbilder Op.1

Sonata Triad, Op. 11

Three Pieces, Op. 3

Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38

Forgotten Melodies, Op. 39

Ekaterina Derzhavina (piano)

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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

V. Andante

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

Gramophone Magazine

March 2009

“Fine playing, even in the face of serious rivals, of rewarding Russian repertoire”

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