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Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, March 2020

The music is dramatic and colorful, alternating with mellower pages. The string writing has a Brahmsian bite and vigor. A solo English horn begins II, the strings then picking up the thread. The woodwinds develop the English horn theme to an impressive outburst. The bass clarinet plays an ominous line, also derived from the English horn’s motif. The movement fades into silence. III, the scherzo, has a waltz-like character with a bravado interlude. 

All is capably played, well conducted and paced, with good recorded sound… © 2020 American Record Guide  Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard Bratby
Gramophone, January 2020

Under Roberto Paternostro the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz play it [Symphonic Minutes] with exuberant panache, and why wouldn’t they? Like so many of Dohnányi’s smallerscale works, this is music that takes the sound of an orchestra, bursts it between tongue and palate, and savours the taste. All five movements in this performance are buoyant and zesty. © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, December 2019

This is a worthwhile CD, enjoyable and a useful introduction to, or reminder of, the talents of Ernst von Dohnányi. He is one of those composers whose work tends to remain somewhere in the corner of recalled musical history—someone known as a talented, enjoyable figure, but one who presses at the edges of no boundaries and changes little in the development of the art.

Recording quality is very good, and performances are committed and if occasionally imprecise in detail. A worthy disc… © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Records International, October 2019

A young man’s work of 1900, this expansive, five-movement symphony shows Dohnányi flexing his composing muscles and reveling in the sounds which made up the “new music” of his time—Bruckner, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. First recording of it since the Chandos from over 20 years ago. The Symphonic Minutes (1933) is a five-movement suite lasting 15 minutes—a kind of mini concerto-for-orchestra with a colorful percussion section and beautiful moments for winds. © 2019 Records International





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