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Dohnányi & Janácek - Violin Sonatas

Dohnányi & Janácek - Violin Sonatas


Dohnányi:

Violin Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 21

Ruralia Hungarica for Violin and Piano, Op. 32c

Suite for Orchestra Op. 19 - 3rd Movement

arr. Jascha Heifetz

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Dumka for violin and piano

Romance for violin and piano

Allegro (discarded movement from Violin Sonata)

On An Overgrown Path (A blown-away leaf)

arr. Jan Štedron


Hagai Shaham (violin) & Arnon Erez (piano)

Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez have been enthusiastically acclaimed for their dazzling duo performances: their infectiously relaxed bravado and continual flexibility belying their impeccable ensemble. For their latest disc they turn to two composers who are seminal figures in the development of Eastern European music during the early twentieth century.

Dohnányi was one of the pivotal figures in Hungary’s musical life. He composed a number of significant pieces for the violin, including two violin concertos; his most important chamber work for violin and piano is the Violin Sonata in C sharp minor Op 21, composed in 1912. Dohnányi was by then thirty-five years of age, and the Sonata is a fully mature work showing his individual development of stylistic traits of Brahms and Liszt combined with a structural economy which reflects the close study of Brahms’s sonatas. Also recorded here is Dohnányi’s most overtly folk-influenced work, Ruralia hungarica, and a movement from his First Orchestral Suite, in F sharp minor Op 19, Romanza, arranged as a thoroughly idiomatic piece for violin and piano by Jascha Heifetz.

In the first days of World War I Dohnányi’s native Hungary was invaded by the Russian army, which seemed for a time to herald the end of Austrian dominance in the region. This portentous event provided the creative spark for Leoš Janácek’s Violin Sonata (his only surviving violin sonata; two very early ones he composed in Dresden and Vienna in 1880 are lost), at least according to Janácek himself. Other works by Janácek heard in this recital include early pieces from his student years, and an arrangement of the delicate mood study ‘A blown-away Leaf’ from the celebrated piano work On the Overgrown Path.

“Ruralia Hungarica draws the most compelling performance, Shaham negotiating the challenging violin pyrotechnics of the outer movements with powerhouse playing as well as delivering a wonderfully atmospheric Andante rubato alla Zingaresca.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

“Shaham is in his element [in the Ruralia hungarica pieces] - the brilliant final piece carefree and dashing in style, the preceding, improvisatory Andante rubato alla zingaresca graceful and stylish...these are all appealing, finely-judged performances.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

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Dohnányi: Piano Quintets and Serenade

Dohnányi: Piano Quintets and Serenade


Dohnányi:

Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1 (1895)

Serenade in C major for String Trio Op. 10

Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 (1914)


The Schubert Ensemble of London: William Howard (piano), Mayumi Seiler (violin), Douglas Paterson (viola), Jane Salmon (cello) & Peter Buckoke (double bass)

Erno” Dohnányi is the least celebrated of the seminal triumvirate of twentieth-century Hungarian composers; Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók have become household names, yet Dohnányi’s posthumous fame hangs upon an unrepresentative handful of compositions. This recording brings together three of his finest chamber works; the two masterful yet hugely contrasting Piano Quintets, and his remarkable essay in that most underutilized of instrumental genres, the string trio.

The Serenade in C for string trio falls within the direct lineage of models in the genre by Mozart and Beethoven, yet proves a decisive watershed for Dohnányi himself, fully articulating his nationally infused mature style for the first time. The Piano Quintets reflect an enduring and deep-rooted regard for both Brahms and Schumann, and even Mendelssohn.

“Fresh, vital and spirited performances” BBC Music Magazine

“Soaring performances … a stunning recording … this disc is easily recommended” Fanfare

“This excellent group plays with calm confidence throughout and features some notably silvery violin tone. A delightful disc” Hi-Fi News

“A clear three-star recommendation” Penguin Guide

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Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1

Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1


Dohnányi:

Four Rhapsodies, Op. 11

Winterreigen, Op. 13

Pastorale

3 Singular Pieces, Op. 44

Coppélia Waltz


Ernö Dohnányi was one of the most extraordinary polymaths in musical history: director of the Franz Liszt Academy, conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of Hungarian Radio, he was also revered as a teacher—anyone who was anyone in Hungary was taught by him, not least Georg Solti. Dohnányi was also one of the finest pianists of his generation. As a pianist-composer his music grew out of the tradition of both Liszt, his compatriot, and Brahms, but his command of instrumental colour 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.

Martin Roscoe’s previous recordings for Hyperion reflect his eclectic interests, from Bach transcriptions to the complete piano music of Nielsen and no fewer than four volumes in the Romantic Piano Concerto series.

“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 Telegraph, 18th January 2012 ****

“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, 25th January 2012 ***

“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.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“[in the Rhapsodies] Dohnányi 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.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012 *****

“[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.” International Record Review, February 2012

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Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2

Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2


Dohnányi:

Four Pieces, Op. 2

Variations and Fugue for Piano solo, Op. 4

5 Humoresken Op. 17

Valses nobles

after Schubert


This second volume of Dohnányi’s piano music focuses on early works from the period 1897 to 1907, when Dohnányi was still establishing himself within the great lineage of composer–pianists. Martin Roscoe is the ideal performer: the acknowledged master of this deeply appealing and unfairly neglected repertoire.

A highlight of the album is the Variations and Fugue on a theme of EG, Op 4—a monumental work that would soon be hailed by the Viennese press as ‘the most valuable enrichment of music literature since Brahms’.

“In the first volume of this fascinating survey, Martin Roscoe devised a programme that incorporates music from different periods in Dohnanyi's career. By contrast, much of the present disc focuses on his earlier more derivative works...all the works on this warmly recorded release [are] performed here with consummate technical mastery and musical insight.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ****

“The Variations may be Brahms-lite...but no less appealing, helped not a little by Martin Roscoe's sensitive sculpting and dynamic shading. The subtle changes he rings in the repeat of the theme's initial statement are an indication of the care and imagination he brings to the whole score.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013

“Martin Roscoe is an absolute master when it comes to repertoire such as this and one could well imagine the composer himself looking on as he plays with a smile of approval.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

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Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3

Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 3


Dohnányi:

Ruralia hungarica, Op. 32a

Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song Op. 29

Three Pieces, Op. 23

Gavotte and Musette in B flat

Waltz for Piano from Delibes' "Naila"

Schatz Waltz (Treasure Waltz)

Strauss, J, II:

Du und Du Walzer, Op. 367

arr. Ernő Dohnányi


The penultimate volume in Hyperion’s four-part survey of the complete solo piano music of Ernő Dohnányi focuses on music from the period when the composer’s pre-eminent position was being assured. The titles of the largest works here, Ruralia hungarica and the Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, mask in their nationalistic ostentation the skill of a true master of piano composition.

Martin Roscoe inhabits the world of Dohnányi’s music like no other—appraisals of the earlier volumes attest to this—and this new recording is a joy.

“[Roscoe] is the one for repeated listening. His finesse of colouring as well as his strong rhythmic impulse and lyrical astuteness are qualities that fit the music ideally and allow it to bloom...an eloquently expressive advocate for an unduly neglected master of the keyboard.” The Telegraph, 8th March 2015 ****

“The most substantial item...is undoubtedly the suite Ruralia Hungarica...It's an enormously attractive work, by turns exhilarating...and rhapsodic...Roscoe relishes these contrasts in mood with playing that is both exuberant and expressive. Similar qualities abound in Roscoe's masterly performances of the 1971 Variations on a Hungarian folksong and the Three Pieces Op. 23.” BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2015

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Music for string trio

Music for string trio


Dohnányi:

Serenade in C major for String Trio Op. 10

Martinu:

String Trio No. 2, H. 238

Schoenberg:

String Trio, Op. 45


“I can't imagine a more committed performance of Schoenberg's String Trio than the one offered here by the Leopold String Trio. It's thoroughly engaging, and hugely impressive from all three players.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, August 2014

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The Romantic Cello Concerto, Vol. 1: Dohnányi, Enescu & d'Albert

The Romantic Cello Concerto, Vol. 1: Dohnányi, Enescu & d'Albert


Albert, E:

Cello Concerto in C major Op. 20

Dohnányi:

Konzertstück in D major for Cello and Orchestra Op. 12

Enescu:

Symphonie concertante in B flat minor for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 8


“Heart-warming lyrical melodies, as well as characteristically resourceful orchestration, abound in the Dohnányi Konzertstück… Gerhardt's warmly recorded performance lays claim to being the most convincing of all… Eugen d'Albert also pursues the stylistic path of Brahms in his C major Cello Concerto. Once again, Gerhardt acquits himself admirably, making light work of the technical hurdles... Enescu's inexplicably neglected Symphonie Concertante is projected with the utmost conviction by Gerhardt and Kalmar and provides a fitting climax to a totally absorbing release.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2005 *****

“The lush lyricism and engaging virtuosity of the idiomatic solo writing is graced by a quite superb soloist of whom I hope we shall be hearing much more” Classic FM Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - September 2005

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 6 - Dohnányi

The Romantic Piano Concerto 6 - Dohnányi


Dohnányi:

Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 5

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 42


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