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Trois Morceaux, Op 31
composer
1914; dedicated to Alexei Stanchinsky

Recordings
'Medtner: Arabesques, Dithyrambs, Elegies & other short piano works' (CDA67851/2)
Medtner: Arabesques, Dithyrambs, Elegies & other short piano works
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'Medtner: Skazki' (CDA67491/2)
Medtner: Skazki
'The Composer-Pianists' (CDA67050)
The Composer-Pianists
Details
No 1: Improvisation: Andantino, gracile
Track 9 on CDA67851/2 CD2 [8'17] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
Track 15 on CDA67050 [7'02] Archive Service
No 2: Marche funèbre: Andante lugubre
Track 10 on CDA67851/2 CD2 [3'11] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
No 3: Skazka: Allegretto capriccioso, con molto tenerezza
Track 14 on CDA67491/2 CD1 [2'23] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 11 on CDA67851/2 CD2 [2'17] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …

Trois Morceaux, Op 31
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The dedication of the Three Pieces Op 31 to the memory of Alexei Stanchinsky refers most specifically to second piece, the Funeral March for the supremely gifted young composer who had died in 1914 at the age of twenty-six. But the most substantial of the three pieces is the Improvisation in B flat minor (in variation form), subsequently known as the First Improvisation to distinguish it from the Second Improvisation, Op 47, of 1928. The twilit theme is quintessentially Medtnerian, of utmost simplicity but rhythmically supple and unpredictable. There follow five variations bursting with fantasy and pianistic ingenuity, at one point breaking into a joyous Russian hymn in B flat major. Medtner’s own performance, recorded under the bizarre patronage of an Indian Maharajah, is one of the finest in that priceless legacy.

from notes by Hamish Milne © 2012

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Details for HYP201203 track 4
Skazka: Allegretto capriccioso, con molto tenerezza
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-11-85211
Duration
2'17
Recording date
12 March 2011
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
Hyperion usage
  1. Medtner: Arabesques, Dithyrambs, Elegies & other short piano works (CDA67851/2)
    Disc 2 Track 11
    Release date: March 2012
    2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
  2. Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2012 (HYP201203)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: March 2012
    Download-only monthly sampler
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