[ Hyperion Helios / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 10 April 2012
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"This excellent group plays with calm confidence throughout and features some notably silvery violin tone. A delightful disc" (Hi-Fi News)
"Fresh, vital and spirited performances" (BBC Music)
"Soaring performances … a stunning recording … this disc is easily recommended" (Fanfare)
Erno" Dohnányi is the least celebrated of the seminal triumvirate of twentieth-century Hungarian composers; Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók have become household names, yet Dohnányi's posthumous fame hangs upon an unrepresentative handful of compositions. This recording brings together three of his finest chamber works; the two masterful yet hugely contrasting Piano Quintets, and his remarkable essay in that most underutilized of instrumental genres, the string trio.
The Serenade in C for string trio falls within the direct lineage of models in the genre by Mozart and Beethoven, yet proves a decisive watershed for Dohnányi himself, fully articulating his nationally infused mature style for the first time. The Piano Quintets reflect an enduring and deep-rooted regard for both Brahms and Schumann, and even Mendelssohn.
Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1 (1895)
Serenade in C major for String Trio Op. 10
Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 (1914)