Medtner: Piano Quintet; Piano Sonata; Acht Stimmungsbilder - New London Quintet/Malcolm Binns, piano
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GSC021DL (STEREO) - Medtner: Piano Quintet; Piano Sonata; Acht Stimmungsbilder - New London Quintet/Malcolm Binns, piano - Nicolai Medtner was a younger contemporary to Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, and wrote a substantial number of works, all of which included the piano. The Piano Quintet was published after the composer's death. He had worked on the piece from 1903 to its completion in 1949, and contains some of his finest music. The Piano Sonata is actually one of two works that share the same opus number, and is also known as Sonata-Skazka (Sonata-Fariy Tale). The Acht Stimmungsbilder (8 Mood Pictures) composed between 1895 and 1902, was the first of Medtner's works to be published. The CD features Malcolm Binns, a modern-day champion of Medtner, and is accompanied by the New London Quintet, in a very close-in recording that provides a special level of detail and intimacy.