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Erno Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Martin Roscoe

Audio Samples

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Rhapsodies (4) for piano, Op. 11
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Winterreigen, bagatelles (10) for piano, Op. 13
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Pastorale on the Hungarian Christmas Song
>     An Angel from Heaven, for piano
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Three Singular Pieces, for piano, Op. 44
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Coppelia Waltz, transcription for piano (after Delibes)

Album Summary

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Rhapsodies (4) for piano, Op. 11
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Winterreigen, bagatelles (10) for piano, Op. 13
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Pastorale on the Hungarian Christmas Song
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Three Singular Pieces, for piano, Op. 44
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Coppelia Waltz, transcription for piano (after Delibes)
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Notes & Reviews:

Erno von DohnányI was one of the most extraordinary Renaissance men in musical history. In addition to being a composer and virtuoso pianist, he was director of the Franz Liszt Academy, conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of Hungarian Radio. He was revered as a teacher - anyone who was anyone in Hungary was taught by him, among them Georg Solti. As a pianist-composer, his music grew out of the traditions of Liszt and Brahms, but his command of instrumental color and rhythmic élan is all his own. This volume, the first of a complete survey from Martin Roscoe, encompasses nearly half a century of Dohnányi's composing life, from the trenchant virtuosity of the Four Rhapsodies to the wit of the late Three Singular Pieces.

"If [Dohnányi] is now slightly out of fashion, he is brought back firmly into the spotlight by Martin Roscoe’s splendid first disc of a projected series of the solo piano music...Roscoe finds the ideal blend of lightness and broad lyrical sweep...A programme that refreshes some gorgeous, unjustly neglected music." -The Daily Telegraph

"There's something larger than life about the keyboard writing [in Winterreigen], and it demands exactly the kind of no-holds-barred approach that Roscoe adopts; he dispatches the fistfuls of notes with wonderful precision and just the right degree of swagger." -The Guardian

BBC Music Magazine
[in the Rhapsodies] Dohnßnyi musters a highly expressive language, contrasting the dark and melancholic introversion in the second and fourth rhapsodies with the more playful and heroic moods that characterise the third. Martin Roscoe performs these memorable virtuosic showpieces with tremendous panache and musical sensitivity.

Gramophone Magazine
The auspices are good even before you press the play button... The Four Rhapsodies, while having almost identical timings to Roscoe's first-rate earlier performances, are now more subtly characterised... this is a particularly happy start to the series.

International Record Review
[Roscoe's] immaculate pianism, probing musical imagination and, above all, sympathy with Dohnanyi's expressive ways and means make him the ideal interpreter for such a comprehensive retrospective. This first instalment, quite a pleasure in and of itself, whets the appetite for more.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/20/2011-02/22/2011).



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Works Details

>Ernst von Dohnányi (1877 - 1960) : Rhapsodies (4) for piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/20/2011-02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Ernst von Dohnányi (1877 - 1960) : Winterreigen, bagatelles (10) for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/20/2011-02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Ernst von Dohnányi (1877 - 1960) : Pastorale on the Hungarian Christmas Song :: An Angel from Heaven, for piano
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/20/2011-02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1920

>Ernst von Dohnányi (1877 - 1960) : Three Singular Pieces, for piano, Op. 44
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/20/2011-02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/1951-06/1951

>Ernst von Dohnányi (1877 - 1960) : Coppélia Waltz, transcription for piano (after Delibes)
  • Performer: Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/20/2011-02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1925