The Beautifully Daunting Works of Nikolai Medtner

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

According to Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Medtner (1879-1951) was the greatest composer of his lifetime. An artist whose musical conception of the world was much different from that of his contemporaries, he wrote beautiful and incredibly challenging works for the piano. Medtner’s whole life revolved around his beloved instrument and he considered the piano the only complete instrument in music. 

To emphasize this belief, Medtner wrote important piano parts into every one of his compositions. On this episode of The Great Russian Piano Tradition, host David Dubal explores the life and compositional world of Medtner. Featured selections include the finale from the First Piano Concerto, some variations from the Improvisations Op. 47 and a performance of the Danza Festiva from Medtner himself.

Program details:

Nikolai Medtner: Two Pieces, Op.58, No. 1: II. Russian Round-Dance (A Tale)
Dmitri Alexeev
Hyperion

Nikolai Medtner: Sonata-Ballade for Piano in F sharp Major, Op. 27 - Finale: Allegro
Geoffrey Tozer
Chandos

Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tale Op. 20, No. 1: Allegro con espressione
Geoffrey Tozer
Chandos

Nikolai Medtner: Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38, Danza Festiva
Nikolai Medtner
Nimbus

Nikolai Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 33 - Coda: Allegro Molto
Geoffrey Tozer
Chandos

Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tale in A Major, Op. 51, No. 3
Vladimir Horowitz
Sony Classical

Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tale in A Major, Op. 51, No. 3
Nikolai Medtner
Naxos

Nikolai Medtner: Second Improvisation Op. 47 Theme - Meditation
Earl Wild
Chesky

Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tale, Op. 34, No. 2
Shura Cherkassky
Ivory Classics

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