Forgotten Melodies, First Cycle, Op 38

Date: 1916-22
For: Piano
Published by: Zimmermann 1922
Availability: Zimmermann (1922, sep); Moscow: Muzyka (1959/1999); Zen-On (2003, ed. Takaku/Kawakami); Dover (nos. 1, 6, 8, 1959/1998)


Malinina 1976-80 LP Melodiya C10-26001/2
Tozer 1991/2 CD Chandos CHAN9723 4cds, #1 CHAN9050, Brilliant Classics 9195 7cds, 8851 7cds, #2-8 CHAN9153

Konsistorum 1996 CD Henschel, with her biography
Hamelin 1996/8 CD Hyperion CDA67221/4, CDA67578
Ossipova 2001 CD Arte Nova ANO931210
Andrews 2004 CD CD Baby
Mejoueva 2006 CD Wakabayashi WAKA-4117
Derzhavina 2008 CD Phoenix Edition 156, #3,6 Crystal Classics N67012 3CDs
Leschenko 2011 CD Avanti AVTC SACD1039
Smith 2018 CD Blue Griffin

no. 1  Sonata-reminiscenza
Ginsburg (Ginzburg) 1957† LP Melodiya D 035299/300 CD Philips 456 802-2 - nla, Triton DMCC-24035 - nla, Arlecchini ARL A15 - nla

Flier 1959-60 LP Melodiya M10-44341/8 4LPs CD St-Laurent Studio YSL 33-093
Zakharieva 1968 LP Balkanton BKA1080

Gilels 1968/Moscow* LP Melodiya D 027725/6, Melodiya/Eurodisc 86 889 XDK, Eterna 826619 CD Olympia MKM140, Melodiya MELCD 10-00790, MELCD 10-00792 5cds, BMG/Melodiya 74321 40117-2 - nla, 74321 40126-2 5cds - nla, BMG/Melodiya BVCX4084 - nla, Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga MK417072 - nla, Philips 456 796-2 - nla, PHCP20591-2 - nla, Bianco e Nero BN2437/2 - nla

Gilels 1969/New York* LP Melodiya CM 04203/6, HMV/Melodiya ASD2544, EMI 1C 187-91525/6, 3C 165-91545/6, SLS 2900113, Angel/Melodiya SRBO-4110, Quintessence 2PMC 2708, MHS 824369, Victor/JVC VIC5097 CD Victor/JVC VICC2088, Music & Arts CD-773, Bianco e Nero BN2437/2 - nla

Postnikova 1980/Moscow* LP Melodiya C10-14929/30
Paperno 1983/Chicago* CD Cedille CDR 90000 044
Feofanov 1985 LP Orion ORS86494
Kramreiter 1987 CD Ex Libris CD6074 - nla
N Hill 1989 CD Simax PSC1068
Fellegi 1990 CD Marco Polo 8223372
Viardo 1990/1 CD Nonesuch 7559-79283-2
Madge 1991 CD BIS BISCD1258, Danacord DACOCD403 - nla
Hanselmann 1993 CD Prezioso (vol.1) CD800.014
Kumamoto 1997 CD King KICC-229 (Japan)
Calevro c.1998 CD Phoenix Italy 98240
Cruzprieto 1999 CD Quindecim Recordings QP034 (Mexico)
Elen Rapoport 2000 CD own label ER 0001 - nla
Kawakami 2000 CD Momonga MRCP-1001 (Japan)
Zafariants c.2001 CD ALM Records ALCD7068
Schönleber 2001 CD Orbis Records - nla
Lehtinen 2001 CD Mils Musiikki MILS 0184 (Finland)
Dacic 2002 download various websites
Rankovich 2003 CD Phoenix USA PHCD158/Eroica JDT158
Kissin 2004 CD RCA 82876-65389-2, BMG BVCC-31084
Starchenko c.2007 CD Nikotin TFN CD 267/07 (Russia)
Scheps 2007/Moers* CD Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr AVI 8553115 3cds
Feoktistova 2008 CD MSR MS1326
Vinnitskaya 2009 CD Naïve AM177
Iorov 2009/Moscow* CD Moscow Conservatory SMC CD 0119-122 4cds
Shishkina 2011 CD Urtext JBCC197
Stewart 2011 CD Grand Piano GP617
Kadouch 2011 CD Mirare MIR170
Avdeeva 2011 download Fuga Libera FUG725
Taverna 2013 CD Somm SOMMCD0142
Sudbin 2009-2014 CD BIS-SACD-1848
Paley 2015 CD La Musica LMU005
Zassimova 2015 CD Hänssler Classic HC 18022
Lee 2017 CD Odradek Records ODRCD356
Berlinskaya 2017 CD Melodiya MELCD 1002526

nos. 1, 2, 4
Svetlanov 1980-83 LP #1 Melodiya C10-20731 #2,4 Melodiya C10-15855/6 CD Warner 5101124942, Evgeny Svetlanov Foundation SVET 42-47 6cds, Russian Disc RDCD10045 - nla, Melodiya MELCD 10-01927 2cds, SUCD 10-00175/6 - nla

nos. 1, 3
Vaulin 1995 CD Classico CLASSCD427, EMI 7243 5561192

nos. 1, 6
Demidenko 1992 CD Helios CDH55315, Hyperion CDA66636 - nla

nos. 2, 3
Hanselmann 1998 CD Prezioso (vol.2) CD800.037

nos. 2, 3, 6
Mejoueva 1998 CD Denon (vol.1) COCO-70756, COCQ-83112 - nla

no. 2, 6
Pratt 1966 LP York 27001

no. 3  Danza festiva
Medtner 1925 piano roll CD Nimbus NI8801 download free from The Pianola Institute
Medtner 1931 CD Appian (vol.1) APR5546, St-Laurent (vol.5) YSL 78-023
Medtner 1936 78 HMV DB3005, Victor 14511 LP Melodiya D 7845/6 CD Appian (vol.2) APR5547, EMI CDC7-54839-2 reissued by ArkivMusic, EMI 2175752 22cds, St-Laurent (vol.4) YSL 78-007, Melodiya MELCD 10-02200 [date assumed], Dante HPC130 - nla
Petri 1941/New York* CD Pearl GEMMCD9156
Petri 1958* LP Dell'Arte DA9009 CD Music & Arts CD772 - nla
A Schein 1960 LP Kapp KCL9042, KCL9042S
Iles 1968 CD St-Laurent YSL 78-262
S Conus 1988* CD download Jeanne d'Arc records - nla
Hamelin 1994/London* CD Hyperion CDA66765
Kafarova 2003 CD Nova Classical 7X4979 download Indie Pool
Yonekawa 2011 CD T & K Entertainment QACK-30003

nos. 3, 4, 6
Filonova 2004 CD Ar Re-Se AR20059

nos. 3, 6
Zilberstein 1992 CD DG 437 805-2GH - nla
Tarasevich-Nikolaev 2017 CD Decca 4833922

nos. 3, 6–8
Grinberg 1948 CD Denon COCQ-83980, COCO-80471 - nla

no. 6  Canzona serenata
Iles 1965 CD St-Laurent YSL 78-212
Paperno 1983/Chicago* CD Cedille CDR 5001
Polionov 1991 CD Klavins KM14
Klimov 1995 CD Ottavo OTR C79552
Glover 2000 CD own label - nla
Mejoueva c.2008? CD TDK Core TDCS0053
Mejoueva 2011/Kyoto* CD Wakabayashi WKLC7011
Skolarski 2012 CD DUX 902 (Poland)
Chochieva 2016 CD Danacord DACOCD789

nos. 6–8
Paperno 1958‡ LP Melodiya D 5000/1
Paperno 1989 CD Cedille CDR 90000 001

† Date from Philips; 1956 in IPQ

‡ No. 8 incorrectly listed as no. 1 Sonata-reminiscenza in the Bennett, BIRS and IPQ discographies. Date from Paperno's book Notes of a Moscow Pianist

The IPQ discography erroneously lists a recording by Medtner of Op 38 no 4 (it should be Op 39 no 4)

Transcription of Op 38 no 6 for balalaika
by N Osipov

Aleksandr Danilov balalaika 1979/80 LP Melodiya C20-11717/8

An earlier version of the cycle was premiered by Medtner on 28 January 1921. The programme was titled 'iz cycla "Priroda" (from the cycle "Nature") and contained the following 6 pieces:

Sonata reminiscenza a-Moll
Danza graziosa A-Dur
Danza silvestra fis-Moll
Danza festiva D-dur
Canzona fis-Moll
Alla Coda A-dur

The programme lacks Canzona fluviala and Danza rustica, and the order of the pieces differs from the published version. Danza rustica is known to have been completed in 1922. Other differences are:

The earlier versions of Danza silvestra and Canzona serenta are included in the Zen-On edition. Alla Coda is almost identical to the present Alla reminiscenza but is not separated from Canzona in the manuscript.

The Zen-On edition is based on the first edition (1922) and the Collected Edition and refers to two secondary sources: Alfred Laliberté's copy of the first edition with handwritten corrections by Medtner, and the manuscripts in the National Library of Canada, Ottawa. Generally the Collected Edition is preferred, but textual variants are given.

The differences between the 1922 and 1959 editions are mostly minor. For the Sonata-reminiscenza they are as follows. This variorum was written before I had seen the Zen-On edition: a few points of difference noted below are not mentioned in the English version of the Critical Notes in the Zen-On, and vice versa. There are fewer differences between editions in the other pieces of the cycle.

Op 38 no 1