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Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 8 / Medtner: Piano Concerto, No. 1 / Piano Quintet Import
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The opening piece, the Piano Concerto No 1 in C MINOR op 33, blows me away. This is passionate, thundering music which rips through you. It is a masterpiece.
More impressive to me than even the concerto is the Piano Quintet in C Major. I place it alongside of the Borodin String Quartet's recordings of Borodin's quartets as some of the best ensemble music in my collection (you have no idea how insanely high this praise is in my own mind).
I have the majority of Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series. This disc is among the best in the collection. I recommend it.
The music presented here (like all Medtner's music in general) resembles Rachmaninov's style, especially in it's lyrical pages. Eternal proof for their friendship.
The first few accords of the First Piano Concerto introduce you immediately to an ocean of passion and emotions, rich melodies and harmony, fascinating rhytmical figures, virtuoso piano writing. The concerto design is monolithic with the thrilling main subject giving birth to several others, more lyrical and calm, which all together pierce through the whole work and thus build it's skeleton.
The Quintet is a very interesting addition for a CD, though it's music is more difficult to seize at a first listening.
This is the first time I hear Dmitry Alexeev's playing and it's amazing. Mature, with flawless technique, singing every note, retrieving remarcably rich sound from the piano. I'd like to mark 2 places as the most striking - the first is the recapitulation of the main subject in the Concerto, and the second is the very end of it - the last 2 bells. More wise reading is hard to imagine.
I highly recommend the CD to each classical music fan fond of romantic trend, especially to those, who love piano. You just get an hour of lasting pleasure.
I read that Medtner was considered a "composer's composer" by his contemporaries. That seems like a great endorsement!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this years ago to make up a complete set of CDs of Medtner's concertos (with No 2 & 3 by Demidenko). Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Jurgen Lawrenz
I recommend you get the entire 69 romantic piano, violin, and cello concertos in this Hyperion set. The Medtner piano concerto is indeed reminiscent of Rachmaninoff, romantic and... Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by sergei kochkin
When you listen to Igor Zhukov's interpretation of Medtner's First Piano Concerto (with The USSR TV and Radio Large Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Dmitriev -- on... Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by Gabriel Cote