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Technical mastery

BASIL RAMSEY listens to Dohnányi piano music

Naxos    8.554800

Dohnányi: Piano Works Vol 2. © 2002 HNH International Ltd

Dohnányi's romantic impulses in music were both of intrinsic quality and impressive. This CD has the services of a pianist who gives proof to this with evident enthusiasm. Nonetheless, I find the music varied in quality with patches below par. It is all written with a technical command that sometimes carries more conviction than the music itself.

I've already found disagreement from others with my opinion, so as always -- the listener will determine his own mind. As long as he listens with musical ears to the ready. Above all, Dohnányi possessed supreme technical mastery, which is winningly demonstrated by Lawrence Schubert [listen -- track 20, 2:47-3:45].

Copyright © 26 July 2003 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK


Dohnányi: Piano Works Vol 2

8.554800 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 76'55" 2002 HNH International Ltd

Lawrence Schubert, piano

Erno Dohnányi: Capriccio in B minor Op 2 No 4 (1896/7); Winterreigen (Winter Dances) (Ten Bagatelles) Op 13 (1905); Six Piano Pieces Op 41 (1945); Three Singular Pieces Op 44 (1951)



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