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Romantic Sketches for the Young, Op 54
composer
1932

Recordings
'Medtner: Skazki' (CDA67491/2)
Medtner: Skazki
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No 1: Pastoral 'Prelude': Allegretto con moto abbandonamente
Track 12 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [2'18] 2CDs Archive Service
No 2: Bird's Tale: Allegretto con moto capriccioso e sempre leggiero
Track 13 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [2'36] 2CDs Archive Service
No 3: Tempo di Sarabanda 'Prelude': Andantino mobile
Track 14 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [2'06] 2CDs Archive Service
No 4: Scherzo 'Tale': Allegro vivace
Track 15 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [2'38] 2CDs Archive Service
No 5: Tender Reproach 'Prelude': Allegretto, molto tranquillo e commodo
Track 16 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [3'08] 2CDs Archive Service
No 6: The Organ Grinder 'Tale': Allegro assai
Track 17 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [5'31] 2CDs Archive Service
No 7: Hymn 'Prelude': Allegretto tranquillo
Track 18 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [3'40] 2CDs Archive Service
No 8: The Beggar 'Tale': Narrante
Track 19 on CDA67491/2 CD2 [3'28] 2CDs Archive Service

Romantic Sketches for the Young, Op 54
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The Romantic Sketches for the Young Op 54 were composed in response to a plea for something ‘of moderate difficulty’ from Medtner’s German publisher, who had been hesitant in taking the huge commercial risk of publishing the massive Sonatas romantica and minacciosa (Op 53 Nos 1 and 2) in view of the volatile inflation prevalent at the time (1932). Medtner rather huffily obliged with four new Skazki, each preceded by a Prelude. Despite the imposed restrictions, Medtner found something unique to say in each piece. Especially worthy to sit beside their adult counterparts are the radiant Hymn (in C major in common with his other works with overtly religious connotations) and its companion The Beggar. The gentle rain which descends from the top of the keyboard towards the Hymn’s close seems to combine a poetic purpose with a didactic one since the white-note figuration has a feel of a keyboard exercise. The lamentations of the Skazka evoke that mixture of pity and contempt meted out to beggars and other unfortunates in nineteenth-century Russian literature. The Beggar was to be the last Skazka for solo piano, but the story does not quite end there, for the Two Pieces for two pianos, Op 58, are also Skazki, and one could argue that the third Piano Concerto, Op 60 (after Lermontov’s poem Rusalka), is the grandest Skazka of all.

from notes by Hamish Milne © 2007

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Details for CDA67491/2 disc 2 track 15
Scherzo 'Tale': Allegro vivace
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-07-49215
Duration
2'38
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 2 Track 15
    Release date: April 2007
    Deletion date: September 2012
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