Album
   
Album title
SKAZKI
Performer

Gunnar Sama, piano

Catalogue #
2L-156-SACD
EAN13
7041888524922
ISRC-code
NOMPP1908010-180

Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.1 DSD
Stereo DSD
RedBook PCM: MQA CD
Disc 2

 


Release date
August 2019
Recording date
Oktober 2018
Location
Sofienberg Church, Norway
Original source
DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
 

SKAZKI - piano works by Nikolai Medtner

Medtner's music fascinates and surprises, in the midst of what also seems to be well known. You may imagine that you have heard the melodies before, in childhood or in a dream. But, even if you haven’t, it is as if you have been waiting for this music to return. In some mysterious way, it evokes the memory of the unheard. He named many of his piano pieces SKAZKA – tale. Some of them carry subtitles, but it is uncertain whether the composer had specific narratives in mind, as the name would suggest. The influential Soviet musicologists Boris Asafyev may have been right when he claimed that "these are not descriptive tales or tales that illustrate an event. These are tales of personal experiences – of conflicts in the inner life of man". In this recording, Gunnar Sama plays five of Medtner's albums, composed over the course of some 30 years.

Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951)
- Quatre Morceaux, Op. 4
- Drei Novellen, Op. 17
- Skazki, Op. 35
- Skazki ,Op. 42
- Drei Hymnen an die Arbeit, Op. 49
- When roses fade, Op. 36 No. 3

Recording sessions: Facebook Photo Album


Medtners musikk fascinerer og overrasker i det som synes velkjendt. Du fornemmer at du har hørt melodiene tidligere, i barndommen eller i en drøm, men selv om du ikke har det, er det som om du har ventet på at denne musikken skulle vende tilbake. På magisk vis fremkaller det minner om noe uhørt. Medtner kalte mange av sine klaverstykker for SKAZKA – eventyr. Noen av dem har undertitler, men det er uvisst om komponisten har hatt konkrete hendelsesforløp i tankene, slik navnet antyder. Den innflytelsesrike sovjetiske musikkforskeren Boris Asafjev hadde kanskje rett når han hevdet at «dette er ikke billedlige eventyr eller eventyr som illustrerer en hendelse. Det er eventyr om egne opplevelser – om konfliktene i menneskets indre liv». Her spiller Gunnar Sama fem av Medtners hefter med klaverstykker, komponert over et tidsrom på 30 år.

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Artwork Tsarevich Ivan Riding the Grey Wolf (1889) Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov / Front Cover Photo _ / Session photos Morten Lindberg / Artist photo / Stage Layout Morten Lindberg