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Four Rhapsodies, Op 11
composer
1902/3; Vienna; dedicated to István Thomán

Recordings
'Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1' (CDA67871)
Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 1
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67871 
'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
APR7502  5CDs Download only  
'Hyperion monthly sampler – January 2012' (HYP201201)
Hyperion monthly sampler – January 2012
HYP201201  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available
Details
No 1 in G minor: Allegro non troppo, ma agitato
No 2 in F sharp minor: Adagio capriccioso
No 3 in C major: Vivace
Track 3 on CDA67871 [5'07]
Track 9 on APR7502 CD4 [4'39] 5CDs Download only
No 4 in E flat minor: Andante lugubre
Track 4 on CDA67871 [7'27]
Track 3 on HYP201201 [7'27] Download-only monthly sampler

Four Rhapsodies, Op 11
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In the autumn of 1901 Dohnányi settled in Vienna. It was here that he composed his Four Rhapsodies, Op 11, which he dedicated to István Thomán. As Dohnányi later told his third wife and biographer Ilona von Dohnányi, this work

can be considered as a sonata in four movements: the first Rhapsody is the first movement, because it has a simpler form; the second Rhapsody replaces the slow movement; the third corresponds to a scherzo of a sonata; the last Rhapsody, an elaboration of the Gregorian chant ‘Dies Irae’, includes the themes of the former three Rhapsodies. I did not call the work ‘sonata’, because its structure is somewhat looser and each piece can be performed separately.

While some listeners have identified a Hungarian flavour to the work, especially in the Rhapsody in F sharp minor, Dohnányi eschewed such attributions. He insisted that the individual movements ‘are not rhapsodies in the sense of the Hungarian Rhapsodies by Liszt, in which Hungarian folksongs are elaborated. My themes are all original, and when people find that their style is Hungarian, it is because I am Hungarian.’

from notes by James A Grymes © 2012

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Details for APR7502 disc 4 track 9
No 3 in C major: Vivace
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-12-50409
Duration
4'39
Recording date
11 January 1938
Recording venue
London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
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Hyperion usage
  1. Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings (APR7502)
    Disc 4 Track 9
    Release date: September 2011
    Deletion date: April 2014
    5CDs Download only
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