1926, vol. 11: Dohnányi, Atterberg, Finzi, Bax

Especially if you're an American afficianado of classical music, the name Dohnányi might first call to mind Christoph von Dohnányi, the conductor who led the Cleveland Orchestra as music director from 1984 to 2002. But even more important a musician than Christoph was his grandfather, the Hungarian composer, pianist, and conductor Ernő Dohnányi. […] Click here to continue reading a transcript of this podcast.


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Dohnányi, String Quartet no. 3
Atterberg, Orchestral Suite no. 7
Atterberg, Horn Concerto
Finzi, A Young Man's Exhortation
Finzi, Three Drummond Elegies
Finzi, Nocturne: New Year Music
Bax, Symphony no. 2
Bax, Romantic Overture
Bax, Walsinghame
Bax, Piano Sonata no. 3

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2 Responses to 1926, vol. 11: Dohnányi, Atterberg, Finzi, Bax

  1. Brian Linnell Comment by Brian Linnell made on June 16, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I noted in the podcast that the cultural crisis in Europe following the Great War had not noticeably affected Bax’s style. But it is also true that Bax used this style to write two of his darkest, most tragic works in 1926: the Second is the darkest and most tragic of his seven symphonies, and the Third the darkest and most tragic of his piano sonatas. Even if the cultural crisis didn’t change the way he composed, then, we certainly hear the effect it had on him in his music from this time.

  2. Comment by William Block made on June 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Brian,
    I have read and re-read the podcast notes several times and found it all very interesting. My first encounter with Dohnanyi was during the college days in Madison. The local record store had an Everest recording of Dohnanyi himself performing works by Beethoven and himself. The next piece I heard was the cello Konzertstuck, an early work which needs more recordings. This past winter the LU string faculty performed the Piano Quintet which is a truly impressive work. Judy and I were especially impressed with the account of his son, Hans, assisting in rescues during the Holocaust and also in the resistance movement. I never thought to look for his name at Yad Vashem when we were there 4 years ago, but it sure raised my opinion of him quite a few notches. I also thought his generosity in promoting other composers was very noble.
    I totally agree that his music in general needs a revival.

    Kurt Atterberg is new to me but his music is very appealing Besides the works of 1926 I was attracted to the Violin Concerto (of course). It has a wonderful lyric intensity in the manner of Sibelius.

    Gerald Finzi and Arnold Bax are somewhat familiar as I have some of their works on a few compilations of English music. The fact that they both wrote violin concertos makes me want to investigate them further.

    Thanks again for a good podcast.


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