Lawrence Schubert plays captivating, rarely performed, Romantically inspired works by Ernö Dohnányi.

 

 

"Lawrence Schubert is a convincing, eloquent exponent of this literature, and his performances prove musically captivating. He has an endearing way of treating phrases with expressive malleability and succeeds over and over in making them naturally elastic, fresh, and spontaneous. There is great attention to dynamics, shading, and sonority. Voicing of chords is beautifully done. His playing is technically meticulous and often powerful. He understands unerringly how to express Dohnanyi's frequent and delicious humor. Warmly recommended."

 

Mulbury, American Record Guide, May/June 2003

The  music that you are hearing  is  An Ada  from  Dohnanyi's Winterreigen,  Op. 13, a  piece whose  melody  consists  entirely  of repetitions  of  the  notes   A - D - A,  in  homage to a  woman of that name.  Another work from this recording, Cascades, Op. 41 No. 4, plays when you access the home page.

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Ernö Dohnányi (1877-1960), like Sergei Rachmaninoff, was an unabashed, full-flown Romantic during the heyday of such modernists as Stravinsky and Schönberg.  This Hungarian-born composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, and educator was the pre-eminent figure in Hungarian music for the first half of the twentieth century.  Perhaps more commonly referred to by the Germanicized Ernst von Dohnányi, he is best known today for his frequently performed Variations on a Nursery Song for piano and orchestra.  Initially inspired by Brahms, Dohnányi’s music underwent a series of remarkable stylistic transformations over the course of his life.  This is dramatically illustrated by the fascinating, rarely heard repertoire on this disc.