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Posted October 1, 2010
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.