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Medtner: Piano Concertos, No. 2 and 3 Import

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1. Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 50: Toccata (Allegro risoluto)
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3. Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 50: Divertimento (Allegro risoluto e molto vivace)
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5. Piano Concerto No. 3 In E minor, Op. 60: Interludium (Allegro, molto sostenuto, misterioso)
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Product Details

  • Composer: Nikolai Medtner
  • Audio CD (March 4, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven Eldredge on March 8, 2005
Of all the entries in the ever-growing Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Series, it is the second installment that was the biggest revelation to me, in the form of the Second Piano Concerto by Nikolai Medtner. A big, glittering virtuoso piece, it has so much depth of emotion, so many secrets, so many moments of aching beauty, one despairs that so few audiences have had a chance to hear it. Think of the big Rachmaninov ( to whom Medtner dedicated the piece) concertos, with some of their heart-on-sleeve Russianess tempered by a Brahmsian discipline of counterpoint and development, and you have the tiniest idea of what Medtner's concerto is like.

Nikolai Demidenko's performance is spectacular. Blazing when needed, meltingly lyrical and velvety at other times, he seems to have penetrated Medtner's idiom to the core. At times the performance has a drive that takes the breath away. Jerzy Maksymiuk and the BBC Scottish Orchestra provide magnificent accompaniment.

I find myself drawn to these pieces, in particular the Second Concerto quite often. I am always hearing new things to admire in them.

Unreservedly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alscribji on November 9, 2004
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Upon first listening to this CD I was sold on Medtner's 2nd and 3rd concertos. The 2nd concerto is a fine piece of music, unparalleled in the concerto repertoire for its drive and structure. The ambitious solo cadenza in the first movement of the 2nd concerto is moody, powerful, and sizzling. Chords scream and left-handed flourishes roll. The solo cadenza rivals that of two other such cadenzas: Rachmaninoff's solo cadenza in the first movement of his 3rd concerto and Prokofieff's solo cadenza in the first movement of his 2nd concerto. Mednter's is the most mature of the three cadenzas, both musically and intellectually. Prokofieff's, although spine-tingling when played by capable hands, is probably the least mature of the three cadenzas. As with Medtner's music, it takes several listenings to get into the music and follow it. Upon repeated listenings to the 3rd concerto new things begin to emerge, and they are gems of composition. This piece is not only craftily structured and written, the music itself, the themes, harmonies, melodies, is simply good music. The performance by Demidenko is riveting and technically superior. The concertos in the Hyperion series, 'The Romantic Piano Concerto,' are sometimes wanting. Little wonder some have never been recorded before. But the Mednter concertos in this series, especially the 2nd and 3rd, are pieces worth owning on CD. Demidenko and Maksymiuk are really stupendous on this CD. The recording production is sometimes a little 'muddy' sounding. At times, it sounds as if the sound is straining to get out of your speakers. Otherwise, the CD is a gem. Get it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By caspi on July 11, 2002
This CD presents us the 2 last piano concertos by Nikolai Medtner.
All 3 Medtner's concertos, althogh having a lot of stylistic similarities, differ one from each other a lot. For me the most distinctive features of them are the form integrity in The First, variety of colours and thematic material alongside with virtuoso piano writing in The Second and the wisdom of the music in the Third, as if Medtner delivers in it an essence of the whole life experience smiling at the same time.
All of the concerts strike you by the elegance of the music and it's power, beatiful piano writing and the dialogues between the piano and the orchestra, refined, bright melodies in Russian tradition and their rich polyphonic development close to the German school. And of course, the endless beauty streaming out of the music.
While listening to the CD each time I try to understand who feels the music better: the composer who wrote it, Nikolai Demidenko who seems to put all his head, heart and soul in it, or both of them ? I don't see any better performance for this music. Powerful playing, the richest sound, high class technique, deep and delicate understanding of the music.
I'd like to mention also the wonderful job of the orchestra and the superb recording quality - particularly the piano, it's sound is luxurious.
Highly recommend this CD together with another one in Hyperion serie "The Romantic Piano Concerto" containing The First Piano Concerto and Piano Quintet of Medtner interpreted by another outstanding pianist - Dmitry Alexeev.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on December 28, 2005
That is a quotation from the eloquent liner-essay by Demidenko himself together with the critic Ates Orga. I read the essay before listening to the disc, and I thought that if the performance showed one half of the fervour and belief that the writing expresses it was going to a very involving one. I first heard Demidenko a couple of years ago in a late-night BBC series of the Bach 48 which he shared with Gavrilov and Joanna McGregor. Before each performance the player gave a short talk on the piece that was to follow, and as well as being impressed with Demidenko's playing I recall thinking how good his English was. Whether he needed help with that from Ates Orga (who I think is a native English speaker) I have no way of knowing, but I'm not sure I ever read a more impassioned and committed tribute by any performer to any composer.

It's a great pity that Medtner's concertos have been so overshadowed by Rachmaninov's, much as I love the latter. Not many romantic piano concertos strike me as being genuinely first-class, and I would say that a perfectly fair case could be made out for arguing that Medtner's are even better than Rachmaninov's, not to say infinitely superior to Liszt's, Grieg's or Tchaikovsky's. The second is in the standard 3-movement format, with a first movement entitled `toccata', the term being used more in the sense familiar from Schumann and Poulenc than in the way Bach meant it, but the music being nearer to Bach's in significance than to the others'. The third is a sort of `concerto quasi fantasia' with no slow movement and the three sections played without intermission.
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