Medtner: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; 2 Canzonas with Dances

Medtner: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; 2 Canzonas with Dances

by Laurence Kayaleh
     
 

Nikolay Medtner's works for violin and piano represent a very special cross-section of his repertoire not only because of the infrequency with which he composed for instruments other than the solo piano, but because this combination of instruments allowed Medtner a unique ability to write long, almost song-like melodies for a sustaining instrument like the violin.… See more details below

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Nikolay Medtner's works for violin and piano represent a very special cross-section of his repertoire not only because of the infrequency with which he composed for instruments other than the solo piano, but because this combination of instruments allowed Medtner a unique ability to write long, almost song-like melodies for a sustaining instrument like the violin. Medtner was brought up and educated in Russia, and although his compositions frequently hint at the Russian folk idiom, his works, including the ones heard on this album, are much more squarely rooted in the German Romantic tradition. The aptly named "Canzonas with Dances, Op. 43," brilliantly demonstrate his ability to write elegant, flowing melodies. These short miniatures are joined by the "First" and "Second" violin sonatas, the latter of which is a mammoth work clocking in at more than 40 minutes. Violinist Laurence Kayaleh and pianist Paul Stewart unite again to provide listeners with a technically superior and musically gratifying performance of these often neglected works. The balance between the two instruments is superb and gives the sense of a true dialogue rather than simply a piano accompanying a violin. Kayaleh's sound is warm and even across the range of her instrument and her ability to spin legato melodies greatly enhances Medtner's compositions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313029976
catalogNumber:
8570299
Rank:
328270

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Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 21  - Nikolay Medtner  - Laurence Kayaleh  - Paul Stewart
  2. Canzonas with Dances (2) for violin & piano, Op. 43  - Nikolay Medtner  - Laurence Kayaleh  - Paul Stewart
  3. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in G major, Op. 44  - Nikolay Medtner  - Laurence Kayaleh  - Paul Stewart

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