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MEDTNER, N.: Piano Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 1 (P. Stewart)

Composer(s):Medtner, Nicolas
Artist(s) Stewart, Paul, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue GP617
Label Grand Piano
Quality   320kbps
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Like his near-contemporary Rachmaninov, who called him ‘the greatest composer of our time’, Nikolay Medtner was a composer, pianist and an exile from his native Russia. His portfolio of works includes a remarkable series of pieces for his own instrument, including 14 sonatas and some hugely evocative, deeply poetic miniatures. Medtner’s gift for melody is immediately discerned in the early Sonatina in G minor. The Sonata No 1, Op 5, his first large-scale work, enshrines autobiographical elements and is both intense and spiritually charged. Poetry and nostalgia flood the beautiful Sonata-Reminiscenza in A minor. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Medtner Piano Sonatas.


Review By Michel Fleury,Pianiste Magazin,


Review By Steve Holtje,Culture Catch,November 2012

…Stewart delivers a broader reading of the already monumental Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 5…Nor does he come up shy in either technique or sound (in both senses: his own beautifully rounded tone, and recording quality). The other work here is the shorter and tenderer Sonata-Reminiscenza in A minor, Op. 38 No. 1, which Stewart’s lyrical approach is nicely matched with…Medtner…was an underrated master of writing for the piano, and having more views of his music available on record helps make a stronger case for his undeniable worth. I look forward to hearing Stewart’s progress through the cycle; the young pianist has already proven here that he can stand with the best. © 2012 Culture Catch


Review By Michel Fleury,Classica,


Review By,October 2012

The Grand Piano label is making its way through the pianistic output of a variety of composers, and it has struck gold with its decision to release the sonatas of Nicolai Medtner…The early Sonatina in G minor… proves to be melodic, very well structured and assembled at a length (seven-and-a-half minutes) that seems to fit the material perfectly; it is also, especially in its second movement, very Tchaikovskian. The Sonata No. 1 in F minor…is more than four times as long and much more intense, including a sense of spiritual seeking as well as very considerable amounts of drama. It contains reflections of Schumann and Liszt, but also shows clearly that Medtner had already developed his own distinctive style. And the Sonata-Reminiscenza, in A minor



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