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Music by
Dohnányi -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... the Buffalonians ... make their virtuosity seem almost effortless ...'

Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song; Symphonic Minutes; Suite Op 19. Eldar Nebolsin, piano; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta. © 2010 Naxos Rights International Ltd

The 1914 Variations on a Nursery Song by Ernö Dohnányi (1877-1960) follow in the steps of the German/Russian 'romantics', leavened with an unfailing facility at incorporating arresting Respighian tone-colour, revealing an irrepressible art for creating 'Classical' style variations.

Dohnányi was never one to be straight-jacketed within a single musical idiom. Thus the subject and form of 'Variations on a Nursery Song' appeals to a diverse audience (Mozart knew the theme as Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman; he came up with 12 Variations in C major, K265, 1778) for its high spirits and compositional virtuosity.

What's more it delves into the subconscious and surfaces with sidelong links to 'Baa, baa, black sheep' and 'Twinkle, twinkle, Little star'...

Copyright © 25 October 2010 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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