Medtner: Songs

Release Date: 2/16/2018
Label: Delphian
Catalog Number: DCD34177
Composer: Nikolai Medtner
Number of Discs: 2

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$29.99
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 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
Works on This Recording
1. Songs (7), Op. 28: no 3, Butterfly by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913-1914 ; Russia
4. Romances (3) for voice & piano, Op. 3: Ya perejil svoï 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 sviatoï... (Mélodie No. 1 en fa mineur) by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918-1920 ; Russia
15. Poems (2), Op. 13: no 1, Winterabend by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903-1907 ; Russia
16. Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 6, Aus "Erwin und Elmire" I by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Robin Tritschler (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1905 ; Russia
17. Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 5, Aus "Claudine von Villa-Bella" by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1905 ; Russia
18. Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 4, Im Vorübergehn by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Robin Tritschler (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1905 ; Russia
19. Goethe-Lieder (9), Op. 6: no 3, Elfenliedchen by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Nikolai Didenko (Bass)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905-1907 ; Russia
25. Goethe-Lieder (12), Op. 15: no 3, Selbstbetrug by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Nikolai Didenko (Bass)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Oleksiy Palchykov (Tenor)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Nikolai Didenko (Bass)
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: Iain Burnside (Piano), Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano)
53. Songs (8), Op. 61: no 6, Midday by Nikolai Medtner
Performer: Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
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