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MEDTNER: Works for Violin and Piano (Complete), Vol. 1


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MEDTNER: Works for Violin and Piano (Complete), Vol. 1

If the piano works of Nikolay Medtner are finally achieving the recognition they merit, the same cannot yet be said for his compositions for violin and piano. This first of two discs of Medtner’s five violin and piano works opens with his last and greatest work for these instruments, Sonata No. 3, ‘Epica’, completed in 1938. Unashamedly Romantic and distinctly Russian with its frequent allusions to folk-dances and Orthodox liturgical chants, the Sonata reflects both Medtner’s recent conversion to the Orthodox faith and his bitter acceptance of permanent exile from his homeland. This bleak and mournful work includes an Andante of heartbreaking beauty. The sombre yet impassioned Three Nocturnes were inspired by Goethe, one of the composer’s favourite poets.

Medtner, Nicolas

  Violin Sonata No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 57, "Epica"
1.   I. Introduzione: Andante meditamente - 00:03:01
2.   I. Allegro 00:13:48
3.   II. Scherzo: Allegro molto vivace e laggiero 00:07:06
4.   III. Andante con moto 00:09:24
5.   IV. Finale: Allegro molto 00:13:08
  3 Nocturnes, Op. 16
6.   Nocturne No. 1 in D Minor 00:04:50
7.   Nocturne No. 2 in G Minor 00:04:46
8.   Nocturne No. 3 in C Minor 00:04:13

Medtner, Nicolas
Heifetz, Jascha, arranger(s)

  2 Fairy Tales, Op. 20: No. 1 in B-Flat Minor (arr. J. Heifetz for violin and piano)
9.   2 Fairy Tales, Op. 20: No. 1 in B - Flat Minor (arr. J. Heifetz for violin and piano) 00:03:14

Total Playing Time: 01:03:30

Medtner, Nicolas

Heifetz, Jascha

Kayaleh, Laurence; Stewart, Paul

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570298

Barcode: 0747313029877

Physical Release: 08/2007

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