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  • Composer: Nikolay Karlovich Medtner
  • Audio CD (27 Jun. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • ASIN: B000024OLB
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 752,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nikolay Medtner (1879 - 1951)
Adám Fellegi, Piano

Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22
1. Tenebroso, sempre affrettando - Allegro assai (14:32)

Sonata-Skazka (Märchen-Sonate, Sonate-Conte) in C Minor, Op. 25, No. 1
2. Allegro abbandonamente (14.34)

Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No 2
3. Introduzione: Andante-Allegro (31:29)

Playing Time: 60.57

Recorded at the Italian Institute in Budapest
on 17th & 18th July, 1989
Producer: László Beck
Engineer: János HorváthMusic Notes: David Nelson

Format: CD, DDD, Stereo
Label: Marco Polo (LC 9158)
© 1991 HNH International Ltd.
Bestell-Nr./Catalog#: 8.223371
VÖ/Released: 08.05.1991
Land/Country: Germany
Interpret/Artist: Fellegi,Adam
Komponist/Composer: Nikolay Medtner (Nikolai/ Nikolaj)
Titel/Title: Klaviersonaten op.22 Und op.25
EAN/UPC: 4891030233713

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its unfortunate about the performer because the selection of Medtner sonatas is a perfect selection to this wonderful composer's piano works.
There are a few other Medtner piano sonata Cds, but I am still waiting for THE one that ticks all the boxes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music; performance not up to par 23 Jan. 2010
By Christopher Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
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Medtner is an often overlooked composer from the early 20th century; even in his own time he was largely overshadowed by the relative fame and fortune of his friend and compatriot, Rachmaninov. His spirituality was an integral part of his life, which is reflected in his music and in the modest and traditional lifestyle he led.

Medtner had an amazing sense of form and melody, and as such there is a great intellectual depth to the music which may render it slightly overwhelming at first. If you are new to Medtner, I would suggest starting with his beautiful miniature pieces, such as the Skazki (more commonly, "Fairy tales"). Medtner's music, especially the sonatas, rewards careful listen.

That said, I must say that such great depth of composition requires a first-rate performer. This performance by Mr. Fellegi is a bit lacking in some respects. The last sonata on this disc (Op. 25, no. 2, commonly the "Night Wind sonata") is a monumental work. Many passages presented here, however, are very sloppy, and he loses clarity of phrasing and expression. Mr. Fellegi plays with constant dynamic where there would be an intense and dramatic climax. The sheer beauty of this work is heard much more clearly with Tozer.

The music of Medtner is difficult to fully appreciate without the clarity of expression achieved by the most able pianists. If you do catch a "bug" for Medtner's music, you would be well advised to invest in a complete set of sonatas performed by Hamelin or Tozer.
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