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Valses nobles
after Schubert; published in 1925 but written several years earlier

'Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDA67932)
Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
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Track 12 on CDA67932 [7'30]

Valses nobles
Dohnányi did not publish his transcription of Schubert’s Valses nobles until 1925, but it entered his repertoire several years earlier, most likely as an encore that he improvised onstage. Like the paraphrase on the ‘Valse lente’ from Delibes’ Coppélia, Dohnányi takes the twelve waltzes that comprise Schubert’s Valses nobles merely as a starting point to which he adds clever countermelodies and delightful harmonic twists. While Schubert’s original work is merely a collection of dissimilar waltzes, the young Dohnányi once again demonstrates his talent for crafting expansive forms by omitting the seventh, ninth and eleventh Valses nobles and repeatedly bringing back the first waltz as a refrain. The opening waltz returns again at the very end of the transcription in a flurry of virtuosic passagework that brings the piece to a rousing conclusion.

from notes by James A Grymes © 2013

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67932 track 12
Recording date
9 December 2011
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Dohnányi: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2 (CDA67932)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: January 2013
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