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Medtner plays Medtner, Vol. 2 - Piano Concertos (3); Sonata-Ballade, Op. 27 / Nikolai Medtner, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Melodiya continues its series of Nikolai Medtner's own recordings, as a group some of the most valuable gems from its archives. Born to a family of German descent who settled in Russia long before his birth, even after three decades of emigration he remained an essentially Russian musician till his death. The anthology's second volume includes his three piano concertos recorded in the 1940's in London (the second and third conducted by Issay Dobrowen, another renowned Russian musical émigré). The set also features one of the most original of the composer's works - Sonata-Ballade, op. 27.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Medtner the pianist was perhaps the strongest and most persuasive advocate for his own music. No one who wants to learn these works should miss this release. The orchestral backing is satisfactory. Of course the old 1940s sound quality is a definite factor for someone looking to discover these works. In this issue of ARG we have a review of a modern recording, and the difference is stunning. That is where I would start my discovery and here is where I would finish it.


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