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wr - Medtner Skazka (Tale) 31/3: Message Board

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wr 2010-08-24 02:29:15 Thanks, Sorcerer88, for the spelling correction, and to gerg for fixing it. I somehow got it wrong in my head some time ago.

Yes, I really have read through all of the solo piano music, and you are right, it is a lot of page turning. It's well over a thousand densely packed pages in the Russian "complete works" edition. I went through a sort of Medtner mania for a while. There's something quite fascinating about his writing, about the way it feels to play it, so that once you get the feel for a few pieces, it makes you want to explore it all in the worst way. At least that is what happened to me.
Sorcerer88 2010-08-23 17:48:15 A fine performance, and you certainly added your personal touch. Have you really read through all the solo piano music? that's a lot of page turning, especially for these ultra-long sonatas.. i haven't gotten to listen to many of those because of their length, except for the forgotten melodies ones.
by the way, i think it's skazka/skazki instead of skaska.
wr 2010-08-23 00:13:07 heidi - I've played another of the skaski, no. 3 from op. 26. And I've been using no. 2 from op 34 as a left-hand etude for a while (it's great for that). But I have loved Medtner's music for a long time, and have read through all of the solo piano stuff at least a couple of times, and various pieces quite a number of times, almost to the point of getting serious and trying to learn them. There are a handful of the sonatas that I'd love to learn, but most are just ridiculously hard. The one you were thinking of doing, from the same cycle as the Canzona you played, seems most within reach.
heidiv 2010-08-22 13:26:16 I'm just getting to know Medtner and I really enjoyed your playing. It sparkles! Have you played any other Medtner?
wr 2010-08-22 02:30:59 Thanks for the nice comments - it's very encouraging and I'll take all of that I can get!

canonie - the score is at IMSLP, so you could try it out to see what you think (by the way, I think their copyright stuff about this piece is wrong, since it's already been reprinted by Dover). Unfortunately, like so much of Medtner, it may be harder to play than it sounds (at least I think so).
Inlanding 2010-08-21 22:58:55 It's quite an accomplishment to play this so well. I really enjoyed your expression throughout!
canonie 2010-08-21 20:28:04 I love the way the melody is decorated by the fast arpeggios - delightful layering.. then simple. wr, your playing and recording are beautiful, thank you! I've listened 3 times now :) and am wondering if I would have the skills to learn this piece.
gerg 2010-08-21 16:06:50 I love Medtner and enjoyed this along with Heidi's Canzona Serenata.
Carey 2010-08-20 23:59:21 Interesting piece - extremely well played !!