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Dohnanyi * Kodaly: Dohnanyi Serenade

Magazine article Gramophone

Dohnanyi * Kodaly: Dohnanyi Serenade

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Dohnanyi * Kodaly Dohnanyi Serenade, Op 10 (a) Kodaly Duo, Op 7 (b). Serenade, Op 12 (c) (abc) Simon Smith, (c) Clare Hayes vn (ac) Paul Silverthorne va (ab) Katherine Jenkinson vc Resonus (F) RES10181 (70' * DDD)

I'll just say it: I don't think any composer since the 18th century did fast, humorous finales more entertainingly than Erno Dohnanyi. Think of the Suite in F sharp, the Symphonic Minutes, the Sextet, Op 37, and the little zinger of a rondo that closes his Serenade, Op 10--as if Dohnanyi invited the spirits of Haydn and Brahms to a Budapest coffee shop and got them tipsy on palinka. It's a delicious finish to the brisk, zesty performance of the Serenade that ends this disc of Hungarian chamber music from four London-based string players.

They don't appear to be a regular ensemble, and in fact it's not entirely clear which of the two violinists involved is playing in what. Simon Smith heads the list, so presumably he's playing first violin in the performance of Kodaly's Serenade for two violins and viola. The viola player is Paul Silverthorne, and he provides a satisfyingly sonorous bass--as well as taking an eloquent lead in the central 'night music' Lento. …

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