- Suite for orchestra in F sharp minor ("Suite romantique"), Op. 19 - Ernst von Dohnányi - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - JoAnn Falletta - Tivador Csontvary Kosztka
- Variations on a Nursery Song, for piano & orchestra, Op. 25 - Ernst von Dohnányi - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - JoAnn Falletta - Tivador Csontvary Kosztka
- Symphonic Minutes, for orchestra, Op. 36 - Ernst von Dohnányi - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - JoAnn Falletta - Tivador Csontvary Kosztka
Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song; Symphonic Minutes; Suite, Op. 19by JoAnn Falletta
This disc of three of Ernst von Dohnányi's most popular orchestral works played by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic is very nice as far as it goes and is well worth hearing by listeners interested in the Hungarian-American composer or the provincial American orchestra. One cannot fault the conducting; Falletta clearly has something to say and the technical mastery to say it. Nor can one fault the Buffalo Symphony, which hasn't sounded this polished, proficient, and passionate since Michael Tilson Thomas led it in the early '70s. And while the music could be described as backwards looking, or less charitably, as reactionary, it is superbly composed from a technical point of view and heartfelt from an expressive point of view. This disc may not go far enough toward super virtuoso performances or cutting-edge composing, but both the performers and the composer are doing the best within their limits. Pianist Eldar Nebolsin turns in a rousing and effective account of the solo part in the "Nursery Rhyme Variations."
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A quite fun recording, the titular variations start off with an overblown and bombastic introduction which then segues into a very simple (wonderfully played, with just the right amount of irony by pianist Eldar Nebolsin) rendition of a very well known children's tune, which the variations then follow. The humor is apparent in these pieces, and the reasons for this being Dohnanyi's most famous work become quite obvious. The other works on this disc are good, but less distinctive, the first, Symphonic Minutes, provides five brief movements which are breezy and quick, with fun and catchy tunes. Overall, a very fun and entertaining disc.