Violin Sonata No. 2 : Work information

Nicolas [Nicolay Karlovich] Medtner [Metner] ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Geoffrey Tozer (Piano), Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)

This work

Work name
Violin Sonata No. 2
Work number
Op. 44
1925-01-01 02:01:00

This recording

Tim Handley
Ben Connellan
Recording date
1993-07-23 00:00:00

Track listing

  • Introduzione: Maestoso (poco quasi cadenza) 2:30 min
  • Allegro ma non troppo ma appassionata - Coda. Maestoso 13:30 min
  • Cadenza 1:14 min
  • Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto 1:30 min
  • Var 1: Tranquillo cantabile, ma con moto 1:38 min
  • Var 2: L\'istesso tempo, ma poco piu tranquillo 1:58 min
  • Var. 3: Allegretto tranquillo, grazioso 1:20 min
  • Var. 4: Allegro molto ritmico 0:58 min
  • Var. 5: Allegro molto 0:40 min
  • Var. 6: Allegro risoluto 1:24 min
  • Cadenza 1:08 min
  • Finale (Rondo): Allegro risoluto 11:32 min

The Composers

Nicolas [Nicolay Karlovich] Medtner [Metner]

Medtner was a Russian composer and pianist. He was born in Moscow in 1880 and studied at the conservatoire there, but left Russia in 1921. He lived in Germany and France and toured as a concert pianist, making his debut in America in 1924 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He wrote a great deal of piano music (including three concertos) which owed a great deal to German romanticism. He wrote a book in 1935 opposing modern innovations and affirming his faith in tonality. He also settled in England, where he lived until his death in 1951.