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Medtner: Piano Works Vol 8 / Geoffrey Tozer

Album Summary

>Medtner, Nikolai : Arabesques (3) for piano, Op. 7
>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales (Marchen) (2) for piano, Op. 8
>Medtner, Nikolai : Romantic Sketches for the Young (Romantische Skizzen fur die Jugend), for piano, Op. 54
>Medtner, Nikolai : Second Improvisation for piano, Op. 47
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Notes & Reviews:

"This release is a treasure well worth exploring. And the impressive British pianist Geoffrey Tozer brings to it a whimsical imagination, considerable technique, and a beguiling warmth that sustains rapt attention. He displays a mature and highly developed musical intelligence, mastery of the keyboard, and a wonderful attention to detail that encourages us to explore more of Medtner's music - and of Tozer's playing. What more could one ask? Sheer delight." - Barela, ARG



Reviews

Best yet for Mr. Tozer
This is a very well planned disc. The Arabesques and Fairy Tales find Medtner at his youthful-grim best. This is the crunchy, chromatic, dissonant-rich music that Prokofiev admired -- and it sets the stage perfectly for the innocent and naive Romantic Sketches. Op. 54 finds Medtner compelled by his publisher to write some "easy" music, suitable for amateurs. It might seem that he resented this somewhat, because the music verges on simplistic and hectoring, but Tozer makes us believe in its value. The Improvisation is the heart of this disc -- a monumental set of character variations on a mean, forgettable little theme. The intense emotionality of this music makes me believe it had personal significance for the composer. It's not easy to love, but if you give it time, you will be smitten. This is a phenomenal disc, the best so far in Mr. Tozer's series for Chandos. He has a real affinity for Medtner's darker music, and most of this music leans that way, even Op. 54.
Submitted on 03/10/09 by Steve W. 
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Works Details

>Medtner, Nikolai : Arabesques (3) for piano, Op. 7
  • Performer: Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (04/10/2002-04/11/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales (Märchen) (2) for piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (04/10/2002-04/11/2002)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Medtner, Nikolai : Romantic Sketches for the Young (Romantische Skizzen für die Jugend), for piano, Op. 54
  • Performer: Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (04/10/2002-04/11/2002)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931-1932

>Medtner, Nikolai : Second Improvisation for piano, Op. 47
  • Performer: Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (04/10/2002-04/11/2002)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925-1926