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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 3 - Medtner / Demidenko

Album Summary

>Medtner, Nikolai : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 50
>Medtner, Nikolai : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E minor ("Ballade"), Op. 60
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'Performances as searingly intense as they are ardently lyrical. Truly extraordinary fire and brilliance' (Gramophone)

'Truly coruscating and poetic playing' (The Good CD Guide)

'A triumph' (CDReview)

'Dazzling virtuosity' (Classic CD)

'Waste no time in acquiring this magnificent disc' (Piano International)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This splendid disc is given a fine recording, good orchestral playing from a Scottish orchestra under a Polish conductor and, above all, truly coruscating and poetic playing from the brilliant young Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko. Medtner was a contemporary and friend of Rachmaninov; he settled in Britain in the 1930s, and like Rachmaninov he was an excellent pianist. But while the other composer became immensely popular, Medtner languished in obscurity, regarded as an inferior imitation of Rachmaninov who wrote gushing music that was strong on gestures but weak on substance. The fact is that he can be diffuse (not to say long-winded) and grandiose, and memorable tunes are in short supply, so that his music needs to be played well to come off.

When it is, there's much to enjoy, as here in Demidenko's hypnotically fiery and articulate accounts.



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>Medtner, Nikolai : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 50
  • Performer: Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (11/07/1991-11/08/1991)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1920-1927

>Medtner, Nikolai : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E minor ("Ballade"), Op. 60
  • Performer: Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (11/07/1991-11/08/1991)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1940-1943