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heidiv - Medtner Canzona Serenata 38/6: Message Board

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Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) was born in Russia and died in London. This haunting piece is from his collection Forgotten Melodies, (First Cycle). It evokes a feeling of melancholy for me, perhaps a longing by the exiled composer for his homeland. I chose this work, my first experience with Medtner, because I read that he was G. Tozer's favorite composer. I humbly dedicate my performance to the memory of Mr. Tozer.

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heidiv 2010-08-22 12:37:10 Thank you for the kind words. I started working on the Canzona about 5 months ago. wr, I really wanted to do the Sonata Reminiscenza, but I thought that 5 months to prepare a 15 minute piece (my first Medtner) might be too much of a challenge. It's definitely in my future though! canonie, I was a bit concerned about the tempo, as the recordings I've heard vary in length from under 4 - over 5 minutes. Mr. Tozer takes this piece at break neck speed, but if I started any faster, the con moto quasi cadenza would have caused my fingers to fall off :)
canonie 2010-08-22 04:42:30 wow Heidiv! it sounds like you have spent a long time with this piece, I think you play very well. And the sound quality including the piano is wonderful. Listening again.. it's a beautiful piece - Mr Tozer would be happy with your sincere offering.
wr 2010-08-22 01:58:48 Oh, that was gorgeous and deeply affecting. Fantastic job on a piece I've loved for a long time. Now, please do the rest of the cycle and post it. I'm sure your way with the sonata that is included in it would knock our sock off!
Inlanding 2010-08-21 18:54:24 You expressed this piece with the sensitivity of a virtuoso, so connected to the melody and piano. It is clear you are listening to every nuance as you express it. Thank you for your music, Heidi.
Sorcerer88 2010-08-20 21:06:33 Melancholy is also what i hear the most, especially in the (octave) sections of the theme after the introduction with the tritone (6th) jumps. That also shone through the introduction, i like your slow tempo there and overall your slow, free tempo overall, there was also one section where you sped up a lot even if that made it technically difficult, but it sounded just right. Consequently, your ending was also a bit slower, and especially your last ritardando was amazing.
Kudos to this great recording, much better than my first attempts of recording this piece! Lovely :)
Rachfan 2010-08-20 20:55:25 You play this canzona in a most lyrical and convincing way. Excellent!

Carey 2010-08-20 20:15:38 Heidi - I'm sure Mr. Tozer would be pleased with this thoughtful and sensitive rendition. Both you - and your Steinway - sound wonderful !! Thanks for introducing us to this beautiful piece !!
gerg 2010-08-20 12:34:50 You did it! Cake, frosting, mountain :-) ;-)

Delicious, Heidi.