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Orchestral Suite No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 19
1909; Berlin; Suite romantique

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Movement 3: Romanza: Andante poco moto

Orchestral Suite No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 19
Dohnányi’s First Orchestral Suite, in F sharp minor, Op 19, was composed in Berlin in 1909. Sometimes known as ‘Suite romantique’, it is an apotheosis of his post-Brahmsian style with exotic ‘Hungarian’ colouring, especially in the third movement, the Romanza, which the great Jascha Heifetz arranged as a thoroughly idiomatic piece for violin and piano. The somewhat ‘oriental’ melody of the outer sections is twice briefly interrupted by a hint of a livelier, but rather melancholy csárdás rhythm.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

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