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Medtner: Forgotten Melodies 1 & 2 / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (8) for Piano, Op. 38
>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (5) for Piano, Op. 39
>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales (Marchen) (2) for piano, Op. 8
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Notes & Reviews:

Medtner's piano compositions are arguably the last area of great romantic piano repertoire to be discovered. His music is difficult, both technically and intellectually, and does not 'play to the gallery,' which may explain its neglect. But once his world has been entered it proves endlessly fascinating and compelling, growing in stature with every hearing until one is left in no doubt as to its overwhelming effect. It almost goes without saying that no one is better equipped than Marc-AndrT Hamelin to meet the extreme demands of this music. "Superlatively played and presented. Indispensable to all lovers of Medtner's subtle and enriching art." - Gramophone

'Hamelin's transcendental technique is breathtaking in the bravura numbers, and he is even more compelling in the reflective numbers, such as Two Tales which deserve wide circulation' (The Sunday Times)

'Hamelin's performance captures the changing moods of this unjustly forgotten composer' (Scotland on Sunday)

'Hamelin realizes his conceptions with complete authority from top to bottom and proves that Medtner's phrasings, dynamics and tempo indications need little intervention other than for one to play simply, clearly, and beautifully. That's easier said than done, unless you happen to be Marc-André Hamelin' (ClassicsToday.com)

'I can only agree with the superlatives Hamelin has garnered from so many other reviewers. His technique is unsurpassed by any pianist of any era ... He has prepared excellent new editions of both the sonatas and the Forgotten Melodies, several from Medtner manuscripts in his possession. Add to these performances a booklet with an excellent essay by noted Medtner biographer Barrie Martyn and you have a nearly perfect release' (American Record Guide)



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>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (8) for Piano, Op. 38
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-22

>Medtner, Nikolai : Forgotten Melodies (5) for Piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1919-20

>Medtner, Nikolai : Fairy Tales (Märchen) (2) for piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1905