Hyperion Records

Skazki, Op 20

'Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67936)
Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 88.2 kHz £12.00ALAC 24-bit 88.2 kHz £12.00 CDA67936  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Medtner: Skazki' (CDA67491/2)
Medtner: Skazki
'Medtner: Demidenko plays Medtner' (CDH55315)
Medtner: Demidenko plays Medtner
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55315  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2014' (HYP201409)
Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2014
MP3 £0.00FLAC £0.00ALAC £0.00 FREE DOWNLOAD HYP201409  Download-only monthly sampler  
No 1: Allegro con espressione
Track 8 on CDA67491/2 CD1 [2'52] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 1 on CDA67936 [2'49]
Track 2 on CDH55315 [3'15] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Campanella: Pesante, minaccioso
Track 9 on CDA67491/2 CD1 [3'45] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 2 on CDA67936 [3'45]
Track 5 on HYP201409 [3'45] Download-only monthly sampler

Skazki, Op 20
Play ‘… as if appealing to someone with a fervent entreaty’ was how Medtner advised his pupil Edna Iles to approach Op 20 No 1, an outpouring of world sorrow with an overwhelming climax marked con disperazione. Its companion, Op 20 No 2 (Campanella), a doom-laden tale of pile-driving rhythms and relentless fatalism, is so far from the tintinnabulations of Liszt/Paganini that one of its finest exponents, Boris Berezovsky, likens its ‘riffs’ to hard rock. Medtner insists that it should be played absolutely without rubato and adds, in a footnote, that it should be regarded not as a tale about a bell but as one told by a bell, in whose chime ‘can be heard calamity and terror’. The multi-talented Leonid Sabaneiev likened Medtner in this mood to ‘a gnome, a Nibelung seeking refuge in the dark fissures of the earth’, a description that would not have displeased the composer who insisted that artists must ‘earn their works by hard labour, like miners, and not try to pluck them like flowers by the wayside’.

from notes by Hamish Milne © 2007

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for CDH55315 track 2
Allegro con espressione
Recording date
4 September 1992
Recording venue
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ates Orga
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Medtner: Demidenko plays Medtner (CDA66636)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: May 1993
    Deletion date: December 2006
    Superseded by CDH55315
  2. Medtner: Demidenko plays Medtner (CDH55315)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
   English   Français   Deutsch