Nikolai Medtner [1880-1951]

On this day,

January 5, 1880

Russian composer and pianist

Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

was born

in Moscow, Russia.

Nikolai Medtner was a younger contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin. He wrote a substantial number of compositions, all of which include the piano. His works include fourteen piano sonatas, three violin sonatas, three piano concerti, a piano quintet, two works for two pianos, many shorter piano pieces, a few shorter works for violin and piano, and 108 songs including two substantial works for vocalise. His 38 Skazki (generally known as “Fairy Tales” in English but more correctly translated as “Tales”) for piano solo contain some of his most original music.

Inspiration comes, where thought is saturated in emotion, and emotion is imbued with sense.

We listen to

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E, Op.60 “Ballade”

I. Con moto largamente-Allegretto con moto

conducted by
Neeme Järvi

Geoffrey Tozer, piano

London Symphony Orchestra

December clouds, looking towards mt. Parnitha


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12 replies »

  1. Nice… while i feel i know the broader strokes of classical, you’ve taken the time to go into the detail… names i might have heard but cannot really identify… musically speaking. Another ‘course’ for me! 🙂

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