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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Rediscovers Hungarian Virtuoso

July 25, 2010

DOHNÁNYI Variations on a Nursery Song
Symphonic Minutes, Suite

Eldar Nebolsin, piano
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor


Ernő von Dohnányi had a long career as an important composer, pianist and teacher. Deeply indebted to the Germanic Romantic tradition, the works on this disc showcase his love of scintillating orchestral tone-colour—notably of brass, wind and percussion—and his fascination with Classical forms such as the variation. His Variations on a Nursery Song traverses several musical styles in a tour de force of good-humoured virtuosity, while the Symphonic Minutes and the Suite in F sharp minor cultivate a lush, romantic mood with characteristic dashes of suavity.

Referred to more often by scholars as Ernst von Dohnányi, the German form of his name he signed to his manuscripts, Dohnányi lived a tempestuous life. At the start of the 20th century, he was one of Europe’s most renowned piano virtuosi. Read more…


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