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Medtner: Songs


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34177  
Composer:  Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina GringyteRodion PogossovIain BurnsideEkaterina Siurina,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following the rapturous reception given to his complete Rachmaninov: Songs on Delphian, pianist Iain Burnside set out to bring together six regular collaborators in a survey of songs by Nikolai Medtner. Born into a family that was both prosperous and well read, Medtner was deeply immersed in the heady intellectualism of the era. More than any other genre, his songs exemplify his dual German/Russian heritage, manifest in his devotion to both Goethe and Pushkin. Musically, too, there are paradoxes, with the self-proclaimed defiant conservative’s work shot through with moments of striking modernity. Pianistically, he was a giant – the writing makes Herculean demands of the player – yet he is often most eloquent when simplest. From an output of Read more over 100 songs, Burnside has selected just over fifty, carefully matching them to his chosen singers to reveal a compositional voice that is itself unique.

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REVIEW:

Rodion Pogossov has some of the treasures here, best of all the Pushkin (rather than Goethe) Winter Evening with its rich pianistic storm-surge superbly handled, like all else, by Burnside. Medtner is a true original, closer to Wolf than Rachmaninov in depth and philosophy, and a surprising companion if you listen to each disc at a single sitting, which you can, with pleasure.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (7), Op. 28: no 3, Butterfly by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
2.
Songs (7), Op. 28: no 2, Serenade by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Songs (7), Op. 28: no 1, Unexpected rain by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1914; Russia 
4.
Romances (3) for voice & piano, Op. 3: Ya perejil svoď jelan'ia... (Mélodie No. 2 in mi mineur) by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1903 
5.
Romances (3) for voice & piano, Op. 3: U vrat obiteli sviatoď... (Mélodie No. 1 en fa mineur) by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1903 
6.
Poems (8), Op. 24: no 7, Whisp'ring, Nature faintly stirring by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Poems (8), Op. 24: no 4, Twilight by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Russia 
8.
Poems (8), Op. 24: no 2, Willow, why for ever bending? by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Poems (7), Op. 29: no 7, Invocation by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
10.
Poems (7), Op. 29: no 6, The Rose by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Poems (6), Op. 36: no 3, When roses fade by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
Poems (6), Op. 32: no 5, The Waltz by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
13.
Poems (6), Op. 32: no 4, I loved thee well by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
14.
Poems (5), Op. 37: no 1, Sleeplessness by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; Russia 
15.
Poems (2), Op. 13: no 1, Winterabend by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1907; Russia 
16.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 6, Aus "Erwin und Elmire" I by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
17.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 5, Aus "Claudine von Villa-Bella" by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
18.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 4, Im Vorübergehn by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
19.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 3, Elfenliedchen by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
20.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 2, Mailied by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
21.
Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 1, Wandrers Nachtlied II by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Russia 
22.
Goethe-Lieder (12), Op. 15: no 8, Glückliche Fahrt by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Russia 
23.
Goethe-Lieder (12), Op. 15: no 7, Meeresstille by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Russia 
24.
Goethe-Lieder (12), Op. 15: no 6, Vor Gericht by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Russia 
25.
Goethe-Lieder (12), Op. 15: no 3, Selbstbetrug by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Russia 
26.
Gedichte (6), Op. 18: no 5, Das Veilchen by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1909; Russia 
27.
Goethe-Lieder (12), Op. 15: no 1, Wandrers Nachtlied I by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1907; Russia 
28.
Gedichte (6), Op. 18: no 4, Mignon by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1909; Russia 
29.
Gedichte (6), Op. 18: no 6, Jägers Abendlied by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1909; Russia 
30.
Poems (8), Op. 24: no 1, Day and Night by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
31.
Poems (8), Op. 24: no 5, I am struck dumb by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
32.
Songs (7), Op. 28: no 6, I sit, thoughtful and alone by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
33.
Poems (7), Op. 29: no 2, The Singer by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
34.
Poems (7), Op. 29: no 3, Lines Written During a Sleepless Night by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
35.
Poems (6), Op. 32: no 1, The Echo by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
36.
Poems (6), Op. 36: no 1, The Angel by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
37.
Poems (6), Op. 36: no 2, The Flower by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
38.
Poems (6), Op. 36: no 4, Spanish Romance by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
39.
Poems (6), Op. 36: no 6, Arion by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
40.
Poems (5), Op. 37: no 2, Tears by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
41.
Poems (5), Op. 37: no 4, Waltz by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
42.
Songs (4), Op. 45: no 1, Elegy by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
43.
Songs (4), Op. 45: no 2, The Cart of Life by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
44.
Songs (4), Op. 45: no 4, Our Time by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
45.
Songs (7), Op. 46: no 5, Winternacht by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
46.
Songs (7), Op. 46: no 2, Geweihter Platz by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
47.
Songs (7), Op. 46: no 4, Im Walde by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Nikolai Didenko (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
48.
Pushkin Songs (7), Op. 52: no 6, Serenada by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
49.
Pushkin Songs (7), Op. 52: no 2, Der Rabe by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
50.
Songs (8), Op. 61: no 1, Reiselied by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Robin Tritschler (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
51.
Songs (8), Op. 61: no 3, What is my name to you? by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
52.
Songs (8), Op. 61: no 4, If life deceives you by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
53.
Songs (8), Op. 61: no 6, Midday by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)

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