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Sonate-Idylle in G major, Op 56
composer
October 1937

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'Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas' (CDA67221/4)
Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas
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Movement 1: Pastorale: Allegretto cantabile
Track 11 on CDA67221/4 CD4 [3'55] 4CDs for the price of 3
Movement 2: Allegro moderato e cantabile
Track 12 on CDA67221/4 CD4 [7'23] 4CDs for the price of 3

Sonate-Idylle in G major, Op 56
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Medtner completed his last piano sonata in London in October 1937. Dismayed by the technical difficulty of so much of his music, which in effect precluded its sale to the majority of amateur pianists, the composer’s publisher had asked him to write some less demanding—and potentially more marketable—works. This sonata was one of the pieces that resulted and, as implied by its title, its mood is one of happy innocence. It is cast in two movements, both in the key of G major. The formal simplicity and brevity of the first, a ternary structure lasting barely three minutes, contrasts with the elaborateness of the second, a sonata movement with three themes, the last a sunny Medtnerian hymn that is brought back for the work’s climax.

It is strangely touching to think of the exiled Russian composer working on this sonata, evoking an Arcadian world, in the incongruous surroundings of the bustling North London suburb of Golders Green. Scarred by the vicissitudes of a troubled life, dispirited by the triumph of the modernism in art he so much despised and the neglect of his own work, Medtner, despite everything, never ceased composing, the faithful servant of his muse, uncompromising in his artistic integrity. To the end he remained, as Glazunov described him, ‘the firm defender of the sacred laws of eternal art’.

from notes by Barrie Martyn © 1998

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Details for CDA67221/4 disc 4 track 11
Pastorale: Allegretto cantabile
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-22411
Duration
3'55
Recording date
1 August 1996
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas (CDA67221/4)
    Disc 4 Track 11
    Release date: September 1998
    4CDs for the price of 3
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