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Medtner Plays Medtner Vol. 1


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"There is hardly another composer who takes a more solitary place in the family of Russian musicians," wrote Medtner's contemporary and music critic Vyacheslav Karatygin.

Medtner was born to and grew up in a highly intellectual family of German origin which settled in Russia long ago. After more than three decades of living abroad, he stayed a spiritually Russian musician until the end of his days. Medtner's music couldn't boast a great number of admirers, but it irrepressibly attracted deep and subtle, although very different artists such as Rachmaninoff and Myaskovsky.

Medtner's music happily combines traditions of German and Russian culture. Along with Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, Medtner was a prominent interpreter of his own works and one of those who opened a new era of Russian piano music.

According to the outstanding musician, pianist and thinker Heinrich Neuhaus, Medtner as a pianist "created himself everlasting glory... That never ceasing feeling that he was not just a wonderful pianist but also a great musician and magnificent composer, that his thought and hearing entirely guided his fingers and phenomenal virtuosity, and that it was inspired pianism was particularly enjoyable".

The first volume of the anthology of Medtner's recordings includes his smaller pieces - Novellas, the cycle Forgotten Melodies and the genre of piano fairy tale invented by the composer. The recordings were made in 1930 to 1947 in Paris and London.
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Item number MELCD 1002200
Barcode 4600317122004
Release date 28/07/2014
Category 20th Century
Label Melodiya
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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