Schmonzcast #5: “How poignant is Ophelia's Song, its bleak simplicity shorn of all sentimentality,” writes pianist Hamish Milne in his foreword to Dover's edition of the complete skazki. On Friday after lunch I found the door to Barnard's mythical Steinway magically unlocked. Happy my birthday to us! Here's Ophelia's Song, another Medtner skazka in F minor, this one a few years older (dating from 1906-07). Is Milne “dancing about architecture,” as they say, or has he found the right words?