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Medtner the Muse and the Maharaja: a fairy tale

The recording of this lieder, The Muse, by Medtner himself, is part of a series of sessions for the major English label EMI.

At that time, in the post-war period, Nikolai Medtner was little known: he lived in reclusion in the suburbs of London, his health was precarious, and he did not like the idea of going on concert tours to earn a living.

This recording is the result of a meeting of four people: the Maharaja of Mysore, the English producer Walter Legge, his wife, the German soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and the composer Nikolai Medtner.

We will understand how these recordings were imagined, financed and realized at the initiative of a Maharaja living on the other side of the world.

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