Magazine article Gramophone

Dohnanyi: Passacaglia, Op 6

Magazine article Gramophone

Dohnanyi: Passacaglia, Op 6

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Passacaglia, Op 6. Three Singular Pieces, Op 44. Four Rhapsodies, Op 11

Daniel Rohmpf

CPO (F) CP0777 970-2 (52' * DDD)

Daniel Rohm (b1974, Boblingen, Germany) is a new name to me but a pianist who emerges from this recital with great credit --imaginative, capricious, lyrical and with technique aplenty in reserve. At times he can be a little, let's say, forthright at fff, but rather someone who likes to exploit the full dynamic range of a decent concert grand (well recorded, by the way) than the timid halfway house one hears so often.

The main selling point here is Dohnanyi's early (1900), rarely recorded Passacaglia in E flat minor, Op 6, the first time I have come across it and, I hope, not the last. If Brahms is somewhat in evidence, Dohnanyi is decidedly his own man in this compact and resourceful work (it lasts 13'10", an ideal recital number). The listener need have no concern about being 'unduly distracted by the demiurgic supervision of the ideas' or by the 'quadrature of the circle in which the various musical strands of the then present are joined together' (I quote from the disc's exorbitantly prolix booklet and its unbearably leaden translation). …

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