Nikolay Medtner: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Sonatina in G minor; Sonata no 1, Op. 5; Sonata-Reminiscenza, Op. 38/1 / Paul Stewart, piano

> Sonatina in G minor - I. Allegretto, ma non troppo
> Sonatina in G minor - II. Scherzo: Allegro
> Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5 - I. Allegro
> Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5 - II. Intermezzo: Allegro -
> Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5 - III. Largo -
> Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5 - IV. Finale: Allegro risoluto
> Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38 - Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 1. Sonata reminiscenza

Album Summary

>Medtner, Nikolai : Sonatina for piano in G minor
>Medtner, Nikolai : Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op. 5
>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (8) for Piano, Op. 38
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Like his near-contemporary Rachmaninov, who called him "the greatest composer of our time," Nikolay Medtner was a composer, pianist, and exile. His portfolio of works includes remarkable pieces for his own instrument, including 14 sonatas and several miniatures. Paul Stewart's interpretation reveals Medtner's deeply emotional work in the sonata genre with this first of a series of Medtner Piano Sonatas.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
This disc is a grand beginning to a cycle and I eagerly await the next installment.

ClassicsToday.com
Paul Stewart has nearly everything it takes to play Medtner's music well: a suave and supple technique, sensitivity to nuance, and a perpetually beautiful, singing sonority. These qualities consistently come across in his first volume of a projected Medtner sonata cycle, and you cannot help but admire Stewart's clarity and conviction, whether in sustained, lyrical playing or making light of the music's polytextural bravura. Yet time and again I find that Marc-André Hamelin's more precise attention to detail yields more memorable and strongly characterized interpretations.

This is not to disparage Stewart's obvious mastery and authority in this repertoire, and it will be interesting to follow this cycle as it appears. And while we're on the subject, let me remind collectors of Stewart's marvelous, assured pianism throughout Naxos' complete cycle of Medtner's violin works featuring Laurence Kayaleh.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, Québec, C (12/20/2011-12/23/2011).



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>Medtner, Nikolai : Sonatina for piano in G minor
  • Performer: Paul Stewart (Piano)
  • Notes: Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, Québec, Canada (12/20/2011-12/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Medtner, Nikolai : Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Paul Stewart (Piano)
  • Notes: Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, Québec, Canada (12/20/2011-12/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1903

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (8) for Piano, Op. 38
  • Performer: Paul Stewart (Piano)
  • Notes: Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, Québec, Canada (12/20/2011-12/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-22