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Janis Medins: 24 Dainas (Preludes) / Jonathan Powell, piano

Album Summary

>Medins, Janis : Dainas (24), for piano (Preludes)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Medin (1890 - 1966) was one of the pioneers of Latvian music. His was a conductor, teacher, and wrote the first Latvian opera. The 24 Dainas were written over a period of 4 decades, and show influence of Rachmaninov, Grieg, and Scriabin. This is the first complete recording on CD.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Medins has a fine ear for tonal harmony heavily colored by chromatic voice leading, and the works, like No. 17, usually balance virtuosic brilliance and full-voiced, quasiorchestral textures. Powell, who is a composer as well as a pianist himself, furnishes a careful but highly expressive reading.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Durham University Music School (08/11/2008-08/12/2008).


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>Medins, Janis : Dainas (24), for piano (Preludes)
  • Performer: Jonathan Powell (Piano)
  • Notes: Durham University Music School (08/11/2008-08/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 67 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern