Medtner – Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22

A young contemporary of Rachmaninov, Nikolai Medtner’s music was until recently overlooked, not seeming ‘modern’ enough for late 20th century musicologists. However, back in 1900 at the age of twenty, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, taking with him one of the highest accolades of the institute – the Anton Rubinstein Award. Just ten years… Read More Medtner – Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22

Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a Just a month before the Nutcracker Suite was premiéred in St. Petersburg, Tchaikovsky hurriedly set about orchestrating and completing ideas from his roughly sketched-out Nutcracker ballet, and compiling them into a short symphonic work, ready for its premiere in March 1892. By this point, he had not even named the work, and in surviving… Read More Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a