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Medtner's Fairy Tales

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Hyperion 67491/2

Nikolai Medtner
(1880-1951)

Skazki Op. 8
Skazki Op. 9
Skazki Op. 14
Skazki Op. 20
Skazki Op. 26
Skazka Op. 31 #3
Skazki Op. 34
Skazki Op. 35
Skazki Op. 42
Skazki Op. 48
Skazki Op. 51
Romantic Sketches for the Young Op. 54
Skazka (1915)

Hamish Milne, piano
Hyperion CDA67491/2 156:59

The rough translation of "skazka" as "tale" is not really adequate for these varied pieces that are somewhat akin to Fibich's moods and reminiscences. The music sounds variously like Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and occasionally Francis Poulenc. These CDs are unusually well-filled and Milne's playing is a delight.

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