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YMCD001: "Images of Three Centuries"
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Yuri Medianik
Sonata F-dur K.107 L.474 Dominico Scarlatti
Sonata f-moll K.69 L.382 Dominico Scarlatti
The Cuckoo L. Daquin
The Reeds F. Couperin 4:01
La Campanella N. Paganini-F. Listz 4:32
Vocalise op. 39 No. 19 Sergey Rachmaninov 5:19
"The Fresh Water Seller…" Jaques Ibert 2:04
Caprice No. 1 Viacheslav Semionov 4:35
Fantasia on the Theme of the Song
"Guelder Rose" by Jan Frenkel
Viacheslav Semionov 5:59
Morning Prayer
(from the cycle "Children's album, op.3").
Piotr Tchaikovsky 1:20
The Hobby-Horse
(from the cycle "Children's album, op.39")
Piotr Tchaikovsky 0:37
The Nurse's Tale
(from the cycle "Children's album, op.39").
Piotr Tchaikovsky 0:58
"God Among Us"
(from the cycle "La Nativite du Seigneur")
Olivier Messiaen 7:02
Milonga para tres Astor Piazzolla 6:40
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The Hobby-Horse
(from the cycle "Children's album, op.39")
La Campanella
The Cuckoo
Milonga para tres
Caprice No. 1
Yuri MedianikYuri Medianik, prize-winner of international contests and festivals, took in his hands his first instrument - bayan - when he was 2 years old. At age 7 another two instruments - violin and piano - were added. In 2004, being hardly 21 years old, Yuri is a student at P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (violin class of Professor A.G. Bogdanian) and trainee of Professor Viacheslav Semionov at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music (bayan).

A real child prodigy, Medianik began his performance career at the age of 10. His past experience already includes a great number of guest performances and a considerable repertoire. It should be noted that in most of his concerts, the young musician performs simultaneously as solo violinist and solo bayanist. This combined double qualification is Medianik's special advantage over the other performers, as Yuri plays not only the two different instruments but the two unrelated ones, whose technical characteristics are strongly opposed. This not only broadens his instrumental thinking but also enriches his musical psychology through interaction of string playing sensations and bayan-playing skills, likened to those of an organ-player.

At first sight, the track list for the disk "Images of Three Centuries" may look somewhat arbitrary. However, while listening to it, one begins to see an aesthete and performer that is both intellectual and inquisitive. Gradually, the conception and the idea of this musical-historical excursion becomes more comprehensible. Yuri Medianik plays, first of all, beautiful music. He himself enjoys and delights in this music, inviting the listeners to take the same pleasure.

He also enjoys the very process of playing and revels in this musical existence, apparently getting the listener involved in it too. So, one follows him, in this dangerous stylistic labyrinth in which the exit and the entrance do not coincide at all - just like the graceful and perfect Scarlatti Sonata and the none the less perfect but melodically different and inspired Vokaliz by Rakhmaninov, which are so distant from each other.

The same applies to the brilliant masterly Paganini Campanella and unexpectedly dramatic, meaningful "Red Snowball Tree" by Semionov; the mystical "God Among Us" by Messiaen that is full of painful quest and the elegantly tragic "Tango" by Piazzolla which is like a question without an answer.

From time to time, it seems that Yuri Medianik plays not one but several bayans at once. As soon as you have got involved in this music sensation of time in which every moment is unique, the CD is finished. But this is only a pause, since "Images of Three Centuries - 2" is soon to be released.

Honored Artist of Russia, Galina BOEVA-MASHINSKAYA.

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