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Medtner Plays Medtner, Vol. 1 - Fairy Tales; Three Novellas Op. 17; Three Pieces Op. 31; Forgotten Melodies, Cycles I-III / Nikolai Medtner, piano

Album Summary

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 8
>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 20
>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 34
>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 51
>Medtner, Nikolai : Three Novellas, Op. 17
>Medtner, Nikolai : Three Pieces, Op. 31
>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies, Cycle 1, Op. 38
>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (lyrical motifs), Cycle 2, Op. 39
>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (dance motifs), Cycle 3, Op. 40
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Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents one of the most precious gems from its vaults - Nikolai Medtner's recordings. Medtner was born to and grew up in a highly intellectual family of German origin which settled in Russia long ago. After more than three decades of living abroad, he stayed a spiritually Russian musician until the end of his days. Along with Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, Medtner was a prominent interpreter of his own works and one of those who opened a new era of Russian piano music. According to the outstanding musician, pianist and thinker Heinrich Neuhaus, Medtner as a pianist "created himself everlasting glory... That never ceasing feeling that he was not just a wonderful pianist but also a great musician and magnificent composer, that his thought and hearing entirely guided his fingers and phenomenal virtuosity, and that it was inspired pianism was particularly enjoyable". The first volume of the anthology of Medtner's recordings includes his smaller pieces - Novellas, the cycle Forgotten Melodies and the genre of piano fairy tale invented by the composer. The recordings were made in 1930 to 1947 in Paris and London.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Medtner Plays Medtner, Volume 1, all recorded from 1930 to 1947. The composer was a skilled, expressive pianist; and his playing is clean, energetic, and tasteful. All the pieces here are miniatures in a late-romantic style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1930-1947.



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>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 8 :: no 1 in C minor
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 20 :: no 1 in B flat minor
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 20 :: no 2 in B minor
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 34 :: no 2 in E minor (When what we called our own has left us forever)
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1916-17

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 34 :: no 3 in A minor (Wood Goblin)
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1916-17

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 51 :: no 1 in D minor
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 51 :: no 2 in A minor
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales, Op. 51 :: no 3 in A major
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Medtner, Nikolai : Three Novellas, Op. 17 :: no 1 in G major (Daphnis and Chloe)
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Medtner, Nikolai : Three Novellas, Op. 17 :: no 2 in C minor
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Medtner, Nikolai : Three Pieces, Op. 31 :: no 1. Improvisation in B flat minor
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1914

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies, Cycle 1, Op. 38 :: no 3. Festive Dance
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-22

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (lyrical motifs), Cycle 2, Op. 39 :: no 3. Spring
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-20

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (lyrical motifs), Cycle 2, Op. 39 :: no 4. Morning Song
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-20

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (lyrical motifs), Cycle 2, Op. 39 :: no 5. Tragic Sonata
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-20

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (dance motifs), Cycle 3, Op. 40 :: no 4. Joyful Dance
  • Performer: Nikolai Medtner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-20