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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67221/4
Recording details: August 1996
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1998
Total duration: 12 minutes 9 seconds

'A set that does deserve celebration. Indispensable to all lovers of Medtner's subtle and enriching art … superlatively played and presented. Such writing positively demands a transcendental technique and a burning poetic commitment, a magical amalgam achieved with delicacy, drama and finesse by Marc-André Hamelin' (Gramophone)

'Hamelin and everyone involved with the production of this release deserves the highest praise' (Fanfare, USA)

'I was breathless with admiration' (Hi-Fi News)

'Merci de contribuer aussi magistralement à la redécouverte de Nikolai Medtner' (Répertoire, France)

'Ce coffret est un monument de l'histoire du disque, comme il n'en pas eu beaucoup depuis une décennie' (The Samedi Culturel)

Sonata in A minor, Op 30
composer
1914

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This tauntly constructed single-movement work, dating from 1914, was known by the composer’s friends as the ‘War Sonata’, and certainly in its turbulent drama and general atmosphere of menace it may be said to have mirrored the times in which it was created. The music’s surprising ferocity, jagged rhythms and astringent harmonies are only briefly assuaged by the gently wistful second subject. The work is crowned by one of Medtner’s most compelling and headlong codas, at the end of which, once again, with the struggle won, bells ring out in celebration.

from notes by Barrie Martyn © 1998

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