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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
'Medtner: Skazki' (CDA67491/2)
Medtner: Skazki
'The Composer-Pianists' (CDA67050)
The Composer-Pianists
Details
No 1: Improvisation: Andantino, gracile
No 2: Marche funèbre: Andante lugubre
No 3: Skazka: Allegretto capriccioso, con molto tenerezza

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 CDA67050 track 15
No 1: Improvisation: Andantino, gracile
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-05015
Duration
7'02
Recording date
26 January 1998
Recording venue
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Rhodes
Hyperion usage
  1. The Composer-Pianists (CDA67050)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: June 1998
    Deletion date: February 2013
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