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NICOLAS MEDTNER

The Russian composer and pianist Medtner, of remoter German ancestry, made his early career in Moscow. He left Russia in 1921, finally to settle in England. Described by some as a Russian Brahms, he also had something in common with Rachmaninov, although he was generally more austere in his approach.

Orchestral Music

Medtner wrote chiefly for the piano, and his orchestral music consists of three piano concertos, the first completed in 1918 and the third in 1943. These works make heavy technical demands on the soloist and belong firmly to Late Romantic tradition, any tendency to Slavic exuberance restrained by an element of German Classicism.

Piano Music

Medtner wrote a wide range of piano music, from his 1895 Adagio funèbre, with the direction cacofoniale, through a series of genre pieces to his later Sonata-Idylle. However, they all seem to continue the tradition of Schumann rather than explore the new fields opened up by Russian nationalism and innovation.

Chamber Music

Medtner’s chamber music consists primarily of three violin sonatas, the last of which, the Sonata ‘Epica’ of 1938, makes formidable demands on its performer. There are three Nocturnes for violin and piano (1908) and a posthumously published piano quintet.

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF PIANISTS Naxos Educational
8.558107-10
Instrumental

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF PIANISTS Naxos Educational
8.558107-10
Instrumental
GILELS, Emil: Early Recordings, Vol. 2 (1937-1954) Naxos Historical
8.112051
Instrumental
HAYDN / SCHUBERT / LISZT / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS: Piano Music Cedille
CDR90000-044
Instrumental
HEIFETZ, J.: Transcriptions (Aharonian, Safonova) Delos
DE3351
Chamber Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 1 (1946-1956) Naxos Historical
8.112072
Chamber Music
MEDTNER, N.: Forgotten Melodies, Opp. 38 and 39 / Stimmungsbilder / 3 Pieces, Op. 31 / Sonaten-Triade (Derzhavina) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix156
Instrumental
MEDTNER, N.: Piano Concerto No. 3, "Ballade" / SCRIABIN, A.: Piano Concerto (Sudbin, Bergen Philharmonic, Litton) BIS
BIS-2088
Concertos
MEDTNER, N.: Piano Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 (P. Stewart) Grand Piano
GP617
Instrumental
MEDTNER, N.: Piano Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 2 (P. Stewart) Grand Piano
GP618
Instrumental
MEDTNER: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Piano Quintet Naxos
8.553390
Chamber Music, Concertos
MEDTNER: Piano Concerto Nos. 1-3 BIS
BIS-CD-1258
Concertos, Instrumental, Concertos
MEDTNER: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 Naxos
8.553359
Concertos
MEDTNER: Piano Sonata, Op. 22 / KABALEVSKY: Piano Sonata, Op. 46 (Moiseiwitsch, Vol. 7) (1928-1948) Naxos Historical
8.110675
Instrumental
MEDTNER: Sonata Op. 5 / Sonata-Triad Op. 11 Marco Polo
8.223268
Instrumental
MEDTNER: Sonata-Ballade / Sonata Reminiscenza Marco Polo
8.223372
Instrumental
MEDTNER: Sonatas Opp. 22 and 25, Nos. 1 and 2 Marco Polo
8.223371
Instrumental
MEDTNER: Works for Violin and Piano (Complete), Vol. 1 Naxos
8.570298
Chamber Music
MEDTNER: Works for Violin and Piano (Complete), Vol. 2 - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / 2 Canzonas with Dances Naxos
8.570299
Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Kholodenko, Vadym - RACHMANINOV, S. / MEDTNER, N. Delos
DE3467
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Lewin, Michael - NIEMANN, W.R. / LYAPUNOV, S.M. / GRIEG, E. / TAUSIG, C. / MEDTNER, N. / DVORAK, A. (Piano Phantoms) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92168
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Moser, Benjamin - RACHMANINOV, S. / SCRIABIN, A. / MEDTNER, N. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / PROKOFIEV, S. (Russian Piano Music) Oehms Classics
OC726
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Paperno, Dmitry - SCARLATTI, D. / CZERNY, C. / MOSZKOWSKI, M. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / RACHMANINOV, S. (The Virtuoso Paperno) Cedille
CDR3003
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Sudbin, Yevgeny - MEDTNER, N. / RACHMANINOV, S. BIS
BIS-1848
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Walzer, Maria - SCARLATTI, D. / MOZART, W.A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / MEDTNER, N. / SCRIABIN, A. (profundum) Orlando Records
OR0017
Instrumental
RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 4 (original 1926 version) / MEDTNER, N.: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Sudbin, North Carolina Symphony, Llewellyn) BIS
BIS-SACD-1728
Concertos
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE Cedille
CDR90000-019
Vocal
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons (excerpts) / RACHMANINOV: Preludes / SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 Cedille
CDR90000-001
Instrumental
TCHAIKOVSKY; Piano Concerto No. 1 / MEDTNER: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Liebliches Kind! BIS
BIS-SACD-1588
Concertos, Instrumental
Violin Recital: Gluzman, Vadim - WIENIAWSKI, H. / RAVEL, M. / BLOCH, E. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / RIES, F. / ROTA, N. (Fireworks) BIS
BIS-SACD-1652
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - GLINKA, M.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / BORODIN, A.P. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / CUI, C. (Pushkin Romances) Delos
DE3392
Vocal





 
 
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