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Ernő Dohnányi

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« on: May 05, 2022, 06:59:46 am »

Ernő Dohnányi was born in Pozsony - now Bratislava - in 1877.

As a master of chamber music he had few equals after Brahms, and his nine important works in this field are all of a high standard. The rest of his output is variable, but he composed excellent works in almost every genre. They show an unerring mastery of form and instrumentation, fluency, and a rich but utterly natural sense of harmony, which enabled him to make unbridled chromatic excursions without ever losing the tonal centre. He succeeded in blending the Brahmsian preservation of classical form with the Lisztian concept of motivic strands binding together a large-scale work.

He gave us two piano quintets.

- First Piano Quintet, in C minor, opus 1 (1895). There are four movements:

I. Allegro
II. Scherzo. Allegro
III. Adagio, quasi andante
IV. Finale. Allegro animato

It was played by the Trio Nota Bene with Shmuel Ashkenasi (violin) and Nobuko Imai (viola).

- Second Piano Quintet, in E flat minor, opus 26 (1914). There are three movements:

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Intermezzo; Allegretto
III. Moderato

This one was played by Orion Weiss, piano and the Ariel Quartet:

Alexandra Kazovsky, violin
Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Jan Gruning, viola
Amit Even-Tov, cello

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