Dohnanyi: Violin Concerto No. 1; American Rhapsody

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COMPOSERS: Dohnanyi
LABELS: CPO
WORKS: Violin Concerto No. 1; American Rhapsody
PERFORMER: Ulf Wallin (violin)Frankfurt RSO/Alun Francis
CATALOGUE NO: 999 308-2
Although of the same generation as Kodály and Bartók and credited equally with establishing Hungarian music internationally, Erno´´ Dohnányi remained an exceedingly conservative figure. His First Violin Concerto, written in 1920, could at times be mistaken for a Brahms ‘Second’, but it is consummately written, as one would expect from the composer of the Variations on a Nursery Song. The Swedish violinist Ulf Wallin plays it with relish, if also with the odd moment of insecurity, and the spotlit recording harshens his tone, but here and in the much later (and less musically interesting) American Rhapsody (1953), the Frankfurt RSO plays its heart out under Alun Francis. A disc of music by an unashamed Romantic for anyone in need of a good wallow. Matthew Rye

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