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NIKOLAI MEDTNER PIANO SONATAS



Nikolai Medtner piano sonatas are performed here by a number of fine pianists, some of whom were contemporaries of the composer and knew him well.  The famous pianists, you know.  I would like to point out Geoffrey Tozer, a wonderful Australian pianist, and a lovely performance by the young Italian pianist, Vincenzo Maltempo, whose subtle dynamics and delicate rubato are especially pleasing.



Piano Sonata 1 in F minor, Op 5 (1902-03)
Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009), Australian pianist


i Allegro




Piano Sonata "Triad" Op 11 (1904-07)
Maria Yudina (1899-1970), Soviet pianist

recorded in 1958


i Allegro ma non troppo in A major (Sonata  2)



ii Sonata-Elegy. Andante Molto Espressivo in D minor (Sonata 3)



iii Moderato Passione Innocente in C major (Sonata 4)




Piano Sonata "Triad" Op 11 (1904-07)
Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009), Australian pianist

recorded in 1958


i Allegro ma non troppo in A major (Sonata  2)



ii Sonata-Elegy. Andante Molto Espressivo in D minor (Sonata 3)



iii Moderato Passione Innocente in C major (Sonata 4)




Piano Sonata 5 in G minor, Op 22 (1909-10)
Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963), Ukrainian-born British pianist
recorded in 1943


i Tenebroso, sempre affretando - Allegro assai



ii Interludium - iii Allegro assai




Piano Sonata 5 in G minor, Op 22 (1909-10)
Maria Grinberg (1908-1978)
recorded in 1948


i Tenebroso, sempre affretando - Allegro assai



ii Interludium - iii Allegro assai




Sonata-Skazka in C minor, Op 25~1 (Piano Sonata 6 - 1910-11)
Evgeny Svetlanov (1928-2002)


i Allegro abbandonamente



ii Andantino con moto - iii Allegro con spirito




Piano Sonata 7 in E minor, Op 25~2 "Night Wind" (1911)
(dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009), Australian pianist


Part I



Part II



Part III



Part IV




Piano Sonata 7 in E minor, Op 25~2 "Night Wind" (1911)
(dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Marc-André Hamelin (b 1961), Canadian pianist


Part I



Part II



Part III



Part IV




Piano Sonata 7 in E minor, Op 25~2 "Night Wind" (1911)
(dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Boris Berezovsky (b 1969), Russian pianist




Piano Sonata 7 in E minor, Op 25~2 "Night Wind" (1911)
(dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Andrey Ponochevny (b 1976)




Piano Sonata 9 in A minor, Op 30 (1911) "After the War"
Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009), Australian pianist




Piano Sonata 9 in A minor, Op 30 (1911) "After the War"
Daniel Stagno (b 1982), Swedish pianist


Part I



Part II




"Sonata Reminiscenza" in A minor, Op 38~1 (Sonata 10 - 1920)
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1992), Soviet pianist
recorded live in 1981 (Moscow)


Part I



Part II




"Sonata Reminiscenza" in A minor, Op 38~1 (Sonata 10 - 1920)
Emil Gilels (1916-1985), Soviet pianist




"Sonata Reminiscenza" in A minor, Op 38~1 (Sonata 10 - 1920)
Marc-André Hamelin (b 1961), Canadian Pianist


Part I



Part II




"Sonata Reminiscenza" in A minor, Op 38~1 (Sonata 10 - 1920)
Vincenzo Maltempo (b 1985), Italian Pianist
recorded live in 2008


Part I



Part II




"Sonata Tragica" in C minor, Op 39~5 (Sonata 11 - 1920)
Allegro Risoluto

Earl Wild (b 1915), American pianist
Recorded in 1947





"Sonata Tragica" in C minor, Op 39~5 (Sonata 11 - 1920)
Allegro Risoluto

Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009), Australian pianist
unreleased single take





"Sonata Romantica" in B♭ minor, Op 53~1 (Sonata 12 - 1931)
Chisato Kusunoki (b 1979), Japanese (German-born) pianist


i
"Romanza"



ii Scherzo




"Sonata Romantica" in B♭ minor, Op 53~1 (Sonata 12 - 1931)
ii Scherzo
Marc-André Hamelin (b 1961), Canadian pianist



"Sonata-Idylle" in G major, Op 56 (Sonata 14 - 1937)
i Pastorale: Allegretto cantabile
ii Allegro moderato e cantabile

Earl Wild (b 1915), American pianist
Recorded in 1988











For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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