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Dohnanyi: Winterreigen, Op 13

Magazine article Gramophone

Dohnanyi: Winterreigen, Op 13

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Dohnanyi Winterreigen, Op 13. Klavierstucke--Op 2; Op 41. Albumblatt. Gavotte and Musette. Five Humoresques in the Form of a Suite, Op 17. Four Rhapsodies, Op 11 Sofja Gulbadamova pf Capriccio (B) (2) C5332 (138' * DDD)

With a recent live recording of Dohnanyi's Second Piano Concerto (HD Klassik) also to her name, Russian-born Sofja Gulbadamova here offers a selection of his solo repertoire. A decade ago she would have had little competition, other than the composer's own historic recordings. However, now that Martin Roscoe has almost finished his survey of all the solo works for Hyperion, with the final volume due next year, the prospects of her making an impression are a good deal slimmer.

Gulbadamova's attractive selection is mainly from the composer's early and mid-career around the turn of the century, omitting works of a more nationalistic character from 1915 after his return to Hungary from Berlin (and thus missing out on the relatively well-known Ruralia hungarica). Echoes of Chopin, Brahms and Schumann abound, above all in Winterreigen ('Winter Round Dances'), which starts with a quotation from Schumann's Papillons. Here and in the Five Humoresques in the Form of a Suite, Giilbadamova's playing is elegant and warm but somewhat distracting in its habitual rubato. Not that she lacks subtlety and musicality, and her voicing of textures can be imaginative and engaging. She eloquently conveys the blend of playfulness and emotion in the Op 2 Pieces, and her full-blooded, stirring interpretation of the Four Rhapsodies is a reminder of Dohnanyi's status as the greatest Hungarian pianist and (before the ascent of Bartok) composer since Liszt. …

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