About the album
Valentina Toth: “Although they were not musically trained, my parents taught me to love Bartók and Kodály. I treasured their music from the time I was young, and only became acquainted with Dohnányi’s work much later, when I came in contact with it by accident. It was romantic, virtuoso and incredibly well written for the instrument. What more can you ask as a concert pianist? And although he may only seem rather less distinctly Hungarian than Bartók, many aspects of his country are reflected in his work. I remember when I was working on the Ruralia hungarica, my father recognised many of the melodies from the songs he had learned as a boy.”
As a composer, Dohnányi, whose oeuvre mainly consists of piano music, deep in his heart always remained a musician grounded in nineteenth-century Romanticism.
Dohnányi wrote Ruralia hungarica in 1923 and gave it a real Hungarian touch by including a wide range of folk melodies in all movements.
The Humoresken Op. 17 from 1907 date from when he taught in Berlin. They are basically romantic in nature and now and then reminiscent of Brahms’s piano music. As the name suggests, these are more or less light-hearted character pieces, in which he draws on musical forms from the eighteenth century.
Look and listen to the beautiful videoclip of Valentina.
11Ruralia Hungarica, Op. 32a Allegretto, molto tenero
12Ruralia Hungarica, Op. 32a Presto, ma non tanto
13Ruralia Hungarica, Op. 32a Andante poco moto, rubato
14Ruralia Hungarica, Op. 32a Vivace
15Ruralia Hungarica, Op. 32a Allegro grazioso
16Ruralia Hungarica, Op. 32a Adagio non troppo
17Ruralia Hungarica, Op. 32a Molto vivace
18Humoresken in Form einer Suite, Op. 17 Marsch (Allegro moderato)
19Humoresken in Form einer Suite, Op. 17 Toccata (Allegro molto)
110Humoresken in Form einer Suite, Op. 17 Pavane mit Variationen (Allegro, quasi Andante)
111Humoresken in Form einer Suite, Op. 17 Pastorale (Andante con moto)
112Humoresken in Form einer Suite, Op. 17 Introduction und Fuge (Allegro)
113Pastorale on a Hungarian Christmas Song