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Medtner: Arabesques, Dithyrambs, Elegies / Hamish Milne

Album Summary

>Medtner, Nikolai : Stimmungsbilder (8), Op. 1
>Medtner, Nikolai : Improvisations (3) for piano, Op. 2
>Medtner, Nikolai : Morceaux (4) for piano, Op. 4
>Medtner, Nikolai : Arabesques (3) for piano, Op. 7
>Medtner, Nikolai : Dithyrambes (3) for Piano, Op. 10
>Medtner, Nikolai : Novelles (3) for piano, Op. 17
>Medtner, Nikolai : Lyric Fragments (4) for piano, Op. 23
>Medtner, Nikolai : Etude (Etyud) for piano in C minor
>Medtner, Nikolai : Morceaux (3) for Piano, Op. 31
>Medtner, Nikolai : Hymns (3) in Praise of Toil (Hymnen an die Arbeit), for piano, Op. 49
>Medtner, Nikolai : Theme and Variations for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 55
>Medtner, Nikolai : Elegies (2) for piano, Op. 59
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Write one such piece and one can die." So pronounced Rachmaninov, no less, after hearing the second of Medtner's Arabesques. This is just one of the delights in this enticing collection featuring Hamish Milne, a long-standing and ardent champion of Medtner's music. These two discs explore the many miniatures - in size though not in ambition - that he wrote throughout his life. The very opening of his Mood Pictures shows a remarkable sophistication for a man barely out of his teens, while the magnificent pair of Elegies forms a fitting conclusion to a set that reminds us that it is sometimes among the 'miscellaneous' works that the greatest gems are to be found.

"As Milne's forthright, utterly secure performances make clear, much of this is strongly characterised music...Milne is a wonderfully persuasive advocate for this distinctive and generally underrated music." -The Guardian

Gramophone Magazine
Here is a declaration of musical faith if ever there was one. No pianist has done more for Medtner's reputation than Hamish Milne...[His] playing will surely make Russians, in particular, listen in awe to such magisterial command and poetic empathy...Milne writes his own superb notes, and this is surely in the running for instrumental issue of the year.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Hamish Milne adds to his pianistic abilities an exemplary writing style that I can only compare with the great notes Leslie Howard supplied for his Hyperion Liszt series. There is so much music to explore on these two discs that to have an excellent written guide is almost indispensable. Add to this the normal state-of the-art piano sound I have come to expect from Hyperion and you have a release that will be a close companion to me for months to come.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012
The humorous Dithyramb No. 2 is surely a masterpiece, and Milne happily strides its Olympian terrain with unforced richness of tone. Medtner's expressive range grows on the second disc...The official set of Op. 55 is perhaps the most conventional work here, though Milne's articulates that as beautifully as the rest.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-).



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>Medtner, Nikolai : Stimmungsbilder (8), Op. 1
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1895-1902

>Medtner, Nikolai : Improvisations (3) for piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896-1900

>Medtner, Nikolai : Morceaux (4) for piano, Op. 4
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1902

>Medtner, Nikolai : Arabesques (3) for piano, Op. 7
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Medtner, Nikolai : Dithyrambes (3) for Piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1906

>Medtner, Nikolai : Novelles (3) for piano, Op. 17
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Medtner, Nikolai : Lyric Fragments (4) for piano, Op. 23
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896-1911

>Medtner, Nikolai : Etude (Etyud) for piano in C minor
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1912

>Medtner, Nikolai : Morceaux (3) for Piano, Op. 31
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1914

>Medtner, Nikolai : Hymns (3) in Praise of Toil (Hymnen an die Arbeit), for piano, Op. 49
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1926-1928

>Medtner, Nikolai : Theme and Variations for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 55
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Medtner, Nikolai : Elegies (2) for piano, Op. 59
  • Performer: Hamish Milne (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (2010-09-20_2010-09-22&2011-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1940-41