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Rachmaninov * Dohnanyi * R Strauss: Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Song, Op 25

Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov * Dohnanyi * R Strauss: Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Song, Op 25

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Rachmaninov * Dohnanyi * R Strauss

Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Song, Op 25

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 1

R Strauss Burleske

Valerie Tryon pf

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Jac van Steen

Somm (F) SOMMCD253 (78' * DDD)

Valerie Tryon's second disc for Somm once more distils her very recognisable virtues. Whether in Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss or Dohnanyi, her articulation remains clear and precise, her approach lyrical and expressive rather than overtly brilliant. Her performances may be less vital than in the heady days when she tossed off such virtuoso teasers as Balakirev's Islamey and Liszt's Feux fillets with nonchalant ease but her relative reserve pays rich musical dividends. Nothing impedes the musical line or a fine balance of sense and sensibility; others may be more robust but they can be less sensitive to an underlying musical fervour.

It is in this sense that Tryon creates her own distinctive musical ambience. …

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