Forgotten melodies from a forgotten composer

A ray of light. © Charles Thibo

The name didn’t ring any bell when I read it on the program of the Philharmonie de Luxembourg back in March 2014. But I didn’t worry about it. A recital by Nikolai Lugansky with Franck, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn – that sounded promising enough not to give too much thought about a composer I had never heard of. A forgotten composer with forgotten melodies: The last piece Lugansky played that evening was Nikolai Medtner’s Canzona Serenata Op. 38/6 from the piano cycle “Forgotten Melodies I”. A revelation.

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