Medtner: Songs

COMPOSERS: Medtner
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Songs
PERFORMER: Ludmilla Andrew (soprano)Geoffrey Tozer (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9327 DDD
Andrew inherits the Medtner song tradition from Oda Slobodskaya, whose recordings have recently returned to the catalogue. The enterprise of Chandos has helped virtuoso devotees like Andrew and her pianist to maintain a revival of interest in this late late-Romantic, whose heady settings of Pushkin and Lermontov often seem more like complex and infinitely varied piano studies, over which the voice sighs, gushes and at times drifts into ecstatic vocalise. Hilary Finch

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