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Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas
Label: Hyperion
Released: September 1, 1998
Catalog Num: CDA67221/4

Sonata in F minor Op 5


Intermezzo: Allegro

Largo divoto

Finale: Allegro risoluto

Skazki Op 8



Sonaten-Triade Op 11

Sonata in A flat major

Sonata in D minor 'Sonata-Elegy'

Sonata in C major


Sonata in G minor Op 22

Sonata-Skazka in C minor Op 25 No 1

Allegro abbandonamente

Andantino con moto

Allegro con spirito

Sonata in E minor 'Night Wind' Op 25 No 2

Introduzione: Andante – Allegro

Allegro molto sfrenatamente, presto

Sonata-Ballada in F sharp major Op 27


Introduzione: Mesto

Finale: Allegro


Sonata in A minor Op 30

Vergessene Weisen 'Forgotten Melodies' Op 38

Sonata-Reminiscenza in A minor: Allegretto tranquillo

Danza graziosa: Con moto leggiero

Danza festiva: Presto

Canzona fluviala: Allegretto con moto

Danza rustica: Allegro commodo

Canzona serenata in F minor: Moderato

Danza silvestra

Alla Reminiscenza: Quasi coda

Vergessene Weisen 'Forgotten Melodies' Op 39

Meditazione: Introduzione, quasi Cadenza – Meno mosso – Meditamente

Romanza: Meditamente

Primavera: Vivace

Canzona matinata in G major: Allegretto cantando, ma sempre con moto

Sonata tragica in C minor: Allegro risoluto

Sonata in B flat minor 'Sonata Romantica' Op 53 No 1

Romanza: Andantino con moto, ma sempre espressivo

Scherzo: Allegro

Meditazione: Andante con moto

Finale: Allegro non troppo


Sonata in F minor 'Sonata Minacciosa' Op 53 No 2

Sonate-Idylle in G major Op 56

Pastorale: Allegretto cantabile

Allegro moderato e cantabile

'I repeat what I said to you back in Russia: you are, in my opinion, the greatest composer of our time.' – Sergei Rachmaninov (1921)

It would be hard to overestimate the importance of this set.

Medtner's piano compositions are arguably the last area of great Romantic piano repertoire to be discovered. His music is difficult, both technically and intellectually, and does not 'play to the gallery', which may explain its neglect. But once his world has been entered it proves endlessly fascinating and compelling, his work growing in stature with every hearing until one is left in no doubt as to its overwhelming effect.

Central to his output are the 14 Piano Sonatas (though the title covers a multitude of structures and sizes) and here for the first time we have the complete cycle recorded by one artist.

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