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CDH55315 - Medtner: Demidenko plays Medtner
Twilight: Haystacks (1899) by Isaac Levitan (1860-1900)
CDH55315
(Originally issued on CDA66636)

Recording details: September 1992
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ates Orga
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: February 2009
Total duration: 70 minutes 36 seconds

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

'Few can touch this stunning Demidenko programme, excellently recorded and featuring playing of the highest order' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'I must be careful not to make this sound like an indiscriminate rave review, but what do you do when a disc of this calibre drops through your letterbox? An exceptionally fine disc indeed' (Gramophone)

'More of the masterful pianism we have come to expect from this artist … delectable sounds and exquisite sensibility' (Classic CD)

Demidenko plays Medtner
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Introduction
Among the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century, Medtner was an apostle of conscience. He placed a premium on baroque polyphony, on classical structure, on a manner of thematic integration and cyclic metamorphosis romantic in legacy. He celebrated, he developed, he concentrated the sonata ideal. He was a resolute tonalist, a poetic melodist of the old guard. His most complex work does not clarify easily. Let this not deter us. Creatively the equal of his two most famous emigré compatriots Rachmaninov and Stravinsky, metaphorically like an Arthurian knight of old impassioned by his lady, Medtner was an artist in love with the beauty of his muse. He played for beauty’s sake. He composed for beauty’s sake.

Ates Orga © 1993

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