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Medins: 24 Dainas For Piano (Preludes For Piano) (Jonathan Powell) (Toccata Classics: TOCC 0097)

Jonathan Powell Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Jnis Medi
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Toccata Classics
  • ASIN: B008NFD100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Daina No. 1 3:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Daina No. 2 3:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Daina No. 3 1:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Daina No. 4 2:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Daina No. 5 2:07£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Daina No. 6 2:33£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Daina No. 7 4:33£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Daina No. 8 2:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Daina No. 9 4:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Daina No. 10 3:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Daina No. 11 2:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Daina No. 12 2:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Daina No. 13 3:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Daina No. 14 2:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Daina No. 15 2:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Daina No. 16 2:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Daina No. 17 3:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Daina No. 18 3:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Daina No. 19 2:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Daina No. 20 3:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Daina No. 21 2:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Daina No. 22 2:32£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Daina No. 23 3:43£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Danis No. 24 2:57£0.59  Buy MP3 


Product Description

Product Description

Jnis Medi (18901966) was one of the pioneers of Latvian music: his works include the first Latvian opera, and he was also an important conductor and teacher.

His 24 Dainas for piano he took the title from Latvian folk-poetry show the influence of Rachmaninov, Grieg and Scriabin and have a modal colour inherited from Latvian folk-music.

Although their composition was spread over four decades interrupted by the Second World War and Medis exile in Sweden the Dainas are unified by their passionate lyricism and epic sweep.

This is the first complete recording of the Dainas on CD.

The Artist
Jonathan Powell has an international reputation as one of the most fearless pianists on the planet, regularly performing composers not least Sorabji before whom others quake. He has worked with many leading contemporary composers, such as Ambrosini, Dillon, Ferneyhough and Staud and is also a composer in his own right. His recording projects for Toccata Classics include music by Alexander Goldenweiser and (in preparation) Egon Kornauth. Powell is a self-taught composer he has recorded several of his own works for BBC broadcasts and has received performances by the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti Quartet, Valdine Anderson, Sarah Leonard, Darragh Morgan and Nicolas Hodges, among others.

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Jonathan Powell, piano

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure but Worthwhile Latvian Piano Music 9 Nov 2012
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
First, a tip of the hat to the eminent British music critic Martin Anderson who for the past several years has been putting his money where his mouth is with the Toccata Classics label [ [...] ] whose stated purpose is to be "the label dedicated to producing recordings of the vast amount of top-notch classical music that the concert halls and major record companies are ignoring. We bring you revelations from the staggering quantity of good music that doesn't otherwise get heard, from obscure Baroque cantatas via overlooked Romantic symphonies to composers once hidden behind the Iron Curtain." Among its revelatory releases are the issues featuring music by virtually unknown Baltic composers including the composer of the music on this disc, the Latvian Janis Medins (1890-1966).

Here we have a collection of twenty-four short piano pieces called 'Dainas'. The daina is a traditional form of Latvian music and poetry, the latter often referring to pre-Christian Baltic mythology. The music makes use of Latvian folk melodies and rhythms, often employing modal or highly chromatic harmonies and drones. It tends to be narrative rather than strophic. Although there are twenty-four dainas the set does not use the historical precedent of moving through all the major and minor keys (as in Bach, Chopin and Shostakovich). This music is very much late-romantic in effect but with the idiosyncrasies of Latvian folk-melodies and -rhythms. It may not be 'great' music in the usual sense of that word, but it is charming, engaging and very much worth hearing.

The fine pianist here is Jonathan Powell, a British musician who has long lived and performed in Poland and who has previously recorded music of the Russian pianist/composer Alexander Goldenweiser Alexander Goldenweiser: Piano Music, Volume 1 which I reviewed positively here at Amazon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure but Worthwhile Latvian Piano Music 9 Nov 2012
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First, a tip of the hat to the eminent British music critic Martin Anderson who for the past several years has been putting his money where his mouth is with the Toccata Classics label [...] whose stated purpose is to be "the label dedicated to producing recordings of the vast amount of top-notch classical music that the concert halls and major record companies are ignoring. We bring you revelations from the staggering quantity of good music that doesn't otherwise get heard, from obscure Baroque cantatas via overlooked Romantic symphonies to composers once hidden behind the Iron Curtain." Among its revelatory releases are the issues featuring music by virtually unknown Baltic composers including the composer of the music on this disc, the Latvian Janis Medins (1890-1966).

Here we have a collection of twenty-four short piano pieces called 'Dainas'. The daina is a traditional form of Latvian music and poetry, the latter often referring to pre-Christian Baltic mythology. The music makes use of Latvian folk melodies and rhythms, often employing modal or highly chromatic harmonies and drones. It tends to be narrative rather than strophic. Although there are twenty-four dainas the set does not use the historical precedent of moving through all the major and minor keys (as in Bach, Chopin and Shostakovich). This music is very much late-romantic in effect but with the idiosyncrasies of Latvian folk-melodies and -rhythms. It may not be 'great' music in the usual sense of that word, but it is charming, engaging and very much worth hearing.

The fine pianist here is Jonathan Powell, a British musician who has long lived and performed in Poland and who has previously recorded music of the Russian pianist/composer Alexander Goldenweiser Alexander Goldenweiser: Piano Music, Volume 1 which I reviewed positively here at Amazon.

Scott Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 31 May 2013
By Karl Gruner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had been wating for a CD of Medins' Dainas for a long time. The interpretation here is very good, technically and artistically. WHile the quality of the pieces is uneven (to me, anyway), some of these pieces are simply wonderful and I never get tired of listening to them (even the few I can play myself). Highly recommended for those looking for something different and refreshing.
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