Medtner - Arabesques, Dithyrambs, Elegies & other short piano works | Hyperion CDA678512

Medtner - Arabesques, Dithyrambs, Elegies & other short piano works


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA678512

Barcode: 0034571178516

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th February 2012

Gramophone Editor's Choice International Record Review Outstanding



‘Write one such piece and one can die', pronounced Rachmaninov, no less, after hearing the second of Medtner’s Arabesques. This is just one of the delights in the enticing selection box offered by Hamish Milne, a long-standing and ardent champion of Medtner’s music.

These two discs explore the many miniatures - in size though not in ambition - that he wrote throughout his life. The very opening of his Mood Pictures shows a remarkable sophistication for a man barely out of his teens, while the magnificent pair of Elegies forms a fitting conclusion to a set that reminds us that it is sometimes among the ‘miscellaneous’ works that the greatest gems are to be found.

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