℗ 2014 Hyperion Records Limited
Released September 15, 2023
Originated August 31, 2014
Duration 1h 11m 59s
Record Label Hyperion
Genre Classical
 

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2; Corelli Variations – Medtner: Sonata romantica

Steven Osborne

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Tales "Skazki", Op. 20  
1.1
I. Allegro con espressione
Nikolai Medtner; Steven Osborne
2:49
1.2
II. Campanella. Pesante, minaccioso
Nikolai Medtner; Steven Osborne
3:45
Sonata romantica in B-Flat Minor, Op. 53 No. 1  
1.3
I. Romanza. Andantino con moto, ma sempre espressivo –
Nikolai Medtner; Steven Osborne
6:55
1.4
II. Scherzo. Allegro
Nikolai Medtner; Steven Osborne
4:34
1.5
III. Meditazione. Andante con moto
Nikolai Medtner; Steven Osborne
3:20
1.6
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
Nikolai Medtner; Steven Osborne
8:37
1.7
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Steven Osborne
17:48
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 36 (Rev. Osborne)  
1.8
I. Allegro agitato
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Steven Osborne; Steven Osborne
9:57
1.9
II. Non allegro
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Steven Osborne; Steven Osborne
7:32
1.10
III. Allegro molto
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Steven Osborne; Steven Osborne
6:42
Digital Booklet
Steven Osborne has become increasingly admired for his performances and recordings of Russian Romantic piano music, playing with a remarkable level of authority and a rare combination of technical ease, tonal lustre and idiomatic identification. Here he presents an impressive selection from two masters who lived and worked contemporaneously. Both were renowned concert pianists, and both wrote superbly for their instrument. Yet their reputations could not be more divergent. Rachmaninov utterly loved; Medtner only now becoming rehabilitated. Medtner’s ‘Sonata Romantica’ was composed in 1930 in Paris, and first performed by the composer in Glasgow the following year. It was the twelfth of his fourteen piano sonatas. Not only its title but also the expressive content of its four movements, played without a break, make it virtually a manifesto for Medtner’s art. Apart from sonatas, Medtner’s favourite genre was the Skazka (‘Tale’). It has been pointed out that the usual English translation of ‘Fairy tale’ does not do justice to the power and depth of many of these pieces, some of which almost approach Chopin’s Ballades in their expressive scope. The two Skazki of Op 20 recorded here were composed in 1909. In a recent performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No 2, a great Romantic showpiece, Osborne was described by the Washington Post as ‘a master of momentum and color, a wielder of power and a sure navigator through huge landscapes: his Rachmaninov was both coherent and daringly free’.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Hyperion Studio Masters
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I. Allegro con espressione
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II. Campanella. Pesante, minaccioso
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I. Romanza. Andantino con moto, ma sempre espressivo –
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II. Scherzo. Allegro
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5
III. Meditazione. Andante con moto
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IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
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Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
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I. Allegro agitato
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II. Non allegro
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III. Allegro molto
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