Magazine article Gramophone

'Dumka'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Dumka'

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'Dumka'

Balakirev Dumka Dvorak Dumka and Furiant, Op 12 B136-37. Dumka, Op 35 B64 Liszt Glanes de Woronice, S2496--No 3, Complainte (Dumka) Lysenko Dumka-Shumka, Op 18 Martinu Three Dumkas Suk Dumka, Op 7 No 5 Tchalkovsky Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op 59 Valesova Improvisation on Czech and Slovak Folk Songs Lada ValeSovd pf Avie [F] AV2288 (59' * DDD)

A varied and sensitively planned programme, based on a genre that is in itself full of contrasts, slow against fast, melancholy warmed by occasional sunlight. Lada Valesova commands a full, rounded tone but passes on facile virtuosity in favour of something mellower. In Tchaikovsky's Dumka, for example, where the temptation to indulge temple-throbbing histrionics at around the midway point (something Horowitz did so magnificently) is avoided: a sense of elegy predominates more or less for the duration, which isn't to say that the performance lacks brilliance. Of Dvorak's two Dumkas, the first opens with Bachian simplicity, whereas the Second, Op 12, is especially beautiful, the ensuing Furiant as pianistically interesting as any of Dvorak's solo keyboard works. …

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