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Skazki, Op 9

'Medtner: Skazki' (CDA67491/2)
Medtner: Skazki
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No 1: Allegro inquieto
Track 3 on CDA67491/2 CD1 [3'34] 2CDs Archive Service
No 2: Allegro alla serenata, con alcuna licenza
Track 4 on CDA67491/2 CD1 [2'42] 2CDs Archive Service
No 3: Allegretto vivo, odoroso
Track 5 on CDA67491/2 CD1 [1'57] 2CDs Archive Service

Skazki, Op 9
There is no literary clue as to what prompts the desperate anxiety of Op 9 No 1. Periodically, spiteful staccato interruptions with a rhythmically dislocated counterpoint seem more a prophetic tribute than a repudiation of his future nemesis Prokofiev. The second Skazka in this opus—alla serenata, Spanish with a Russian accent—has a restless air on account of its swaying accompaniment and displaced melodic accentuation, whereas the third, a brief pastoral idyll—Allegretto vivo, odoroso (odoroso meaning ‘fragrant’)—is explained by Medtner’s admission that he was inspired here by Goethe’s sentimental lyric Gleich und Gleich:

Ein Blumenglöckchen
Vom Boden hervor
War früh gesprosset
In lieblichem Flor;
Da kam ein Bienchen
Und naschte fein:—
Die müssen wohl beide
Für einander sein.
A little bud
with a lovely blossom
sprang early
from the ground;
along came a little bee
and sipped delicately:—
they must have been made
for each other.

from notes by Hamish Milne © 2007

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Details for CDA67491/2 disc 1 track 4
Allegro alla serenata, con alcuna licenza
Recording date
21 October 2006
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Medtner: Skazki (CDA67491/2)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: April 2007
    Deletion date: September 2012
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