Sonatas and Narrations

Last week has seen another fascinating Medtner event in my university’s chamber hall, confronting the Russian composer’s 1st violin sonata, Op. 21, and Sonata-Ballade, Op. 27, with Beethoven’s Op. 27 No. 1 Sonata quasi una fantasia. Many thanks, Sasha Karpeyev and Viktoria Kaunzner, for your excellent playing!

London Medtnerfest

F sharp major is one of music’s most beautiful tonalities. I’ll be talking about Nikolai Medtner‘s Sonata-Ballade, Op. 27, written in exactly that key, tomorrow morning in a symposium at The British Library, London. This will be part of an exceptional program of talks, concerts, a master class and film screening from today through Saturday, all about Medtner, and with the participation of the finest scholars and performers. Really looking forward to the Medtner Study Day, one of the rare occasions of a research event fully dedicated to this composer’s music. Principal organizer of the Medtnerfest is my dear colleague Sasha Karpeyev.

Symbolist Piano Music

The first ever all-Medtner concert in my university is over, comprising the G minor Sonata, Op. 22, Sonata-Reminiscenza and Sonata tragica from Opp. 38 and 39, Sonata romantica, Op. 53 No. 1, as well as some skazki and Goethe songs. It’s been such an amazing evening! Thank you so much, Magdalena Müllerperth, Georgy Tchaidze, Evgeny Nikiforov, Emma Moore, SooJin Anjou, and Severin von Eckardstein for your beautiful performances. I’ll preserve the dearest memories of your playing.