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MEDTNER: Works for Violin and Piano (Complete), Vol. 2 - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / 2 Canzonas with Dances

Composer(s):Medtner, Nicolas
Artist(s) Stewart, Paul, piano • Kayaleh, Laurence, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570299
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Distinctly Russian, unabashedly Romantic and full-bodied, yet intellectually devised and highly disciplined, Medtner’s compositions for violin and piano encompass music of rare beauty and power, gratifying for both performer and audience. Violin Sonata No. 1, one of his best-known works, was inspired by the myth of Dionysus (or Bacchus), god of wine and intoxication. Known as the “Spring Sonata”, Medtner’s epically-proportioned Violin Sonata No. 2 is a work of exile with distinct memories of springtime in Russia in its late romantic textures. The first volume of this series is released on 8.570298.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2008

Last August I was welcomed the first of the two discs that would contain the complete violin music of the Russian composer, Nikolay Medtner. In his younger years he had been described by Rachmaninov as ‘the greatest composer of our time’, probably a slight exaggeration though it measured the high regard in which he was held by his contemporaries. A few years later his life was to be turned upside down when, at the age of thirty-seven, he found his wealth taken from him by the Revolution of 1917. He was allowed to leave Russia in 1921 eventually arriving in England where he and his wife found refuge and the beginning of a new life. Yet musically he was to live in a time-warp, his soul still in Russia and unable to unlock itself so as to move forward with the quickly



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