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Dohnányi: Veil of Pierrette, Variations, etc / Bamert, et al

Album Summary

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Suite for orchestra in F sharp minor ("Suite romantique"), Op. 19
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Variations on a Nursery Song for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : The Veil of Pierrette (Der Schleier der Pierrette), ballet, Op. 18
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This disc is particularly interesting in that it couples what is indisputably Dohnanyi's most popular piece, the "Variations on a Nursery Theme," with two unjustly neglected pieces, both of which are given their world premiere recordings here. The BBC Philharmonic continues to impress: It is clearly one of the top ranking orchestras in the world.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Dohnányi's penchant for quality musical entertainment bore popular fruit with his perennially fresh Variations on a Nursery Theme.

Howard Shelley's performance is a model of wit and style, blending in with the orchestra whenever the moment seems right and employing an ideal brand of rubato. Bamert's conducting is properly portentous in the Introduction and charming elsewhere, whether in the music box delights of the fifth variation, the animated bustle of the sixth or the seventh's novel scoring (plenty for the bassoons and bass drum). Kocsis and Fischer's is still marginally the best version overall, but Shelley and Bamert are no less musical.

Lovely, too, is the F sharp minor Suite, especially the opening Andante con variazioni which seems to straddle the worlds of Dvorák and Elgar (try the serene string choirs from 9'35"). The stamping Scherzo brings to mind the Scherzo from Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, and the tuneful Rondo finale has a striking resemblance to a key passage in the Rondo-burleske in Mahler's Ninth.

Also included is the very first recording of The Veil of Pierrette, four scenes from a mimed entertainment dating from 1908-9. The best movement is the exuberant 'Wedding Waltz' (track 21), rumbustious music, carefree and beautifully scored. Chandos has come up with a dazzlingly realistic recording. A peach of a disc.



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>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Suite for orchestra in F sharp minor ("Suite romantique"), Op. 19
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/22/1998-10/23/1998)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/18/1909

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Variations on a Nursery Song for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/22/1998-10/23/1998)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 02/01/1914

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : The Veil of Pierrette (Der Schleier der Pierrette), ballet, Op. 18 :: Pierrot's Love-lament
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/22/1998-10/23/1998)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : The Veil of Pierrette (Der Schleier der Pierrette), ballet, Op. 18 :: Waltz-rondo
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/22/1998-10/23/1998)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : The Veil of Pierrette (Der Schleier der Pierrette), ballet, Op. 18 :: Merry Funeral March
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/22/1998-10/23/1998)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : The Veil of Pierrette (Der Schleier der Pierrette), ballet, Op. 18 :: Wedding Waltz
  • Conductor: Matthias Bamert
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/22/1998-10/23/1998)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet