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Romantic Piano Concertos - Medtner: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3


Release Date: 07/20/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553359   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"To have such romantic richness . . . offered on a bargain label is cause for celebration in itself; to have it performed and recorded with such tireless commitment is a double blessing. . . . [S]uccessful on all counts. Scherbakov, praised by Richter and recently hailed as a ‘modern Rachmaninov’, is now more attuned to Medtner’s widely fluctuating idiom, complementing his unquestioned virtuosity with inwardness and conviction. . . . Scherbakov’s agility at, say, the con moto (8'38'') is never at the expense of a composer whose bravura is always poetically motivated, and so all lovers of romantic piano concertos need look no further. . . ." -- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone "To have such romantic richness . . . offered on a bargain label is cause for celebration in itself; to have it performed and recorded with such tireless commitment is a double blessing. . . . [S]uccessful on all counts. Scherbakov, praised by Richter and recently hailed as a ‘modern Rachmaninov’, is now more attuned to Medtner’s widely fluctuating idiom, complementing his unquestioned virtuosity with inwardness and conviction. . . . Scherbakov’s agility at, say, the con moto (8'38'') is never at the expense of a composer whose bravura is always poetically motivated, and so all lovers of romantic piano concertos need look no further. . . ." -- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 33 by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Russia 
2. Concerto for Piano no 3 in E minor, Op. 60 by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1940-1943; France 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 33: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 33: II. Tranquillo, meditamente
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 33: III. Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 33: IV. Allegro molto
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor, Op. 60, "Ballade": I. Con moto largamente
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor, Op. 60, "Ballade": II. Interludium: Allegro, molto sostenuto, misterioso
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor, Op. 60, "Ballade": III. Finale: Allegro molto-Svegliando, eroico

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