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Dohnányi Violin Concerto No.1, Op. 27 - III.mvmt + fragments of his 1th op.27 and 2th op.43 vc's, soloist Vilmos Szabadi

August 14, 2008 at 11:12 AM

I had plans to rip a cd of Vilmos Szabadi with his 2 violinconcerto's of Ernst von Dohnanyi. But I found this YouTube-video of the soloist by himself:

Here fragments of the four movements of the Dohnányi Violin Concerto No.1, Op. 27 in D minor (written in 1914-1915):

And here of his 2th violinconcerto Op.43 in C minor (written in 1949-1950) WITHOUT 1TH AND 2TH VIOLINISTS in the orchestra:

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on August 15, 2008 at 5:44 AM
Gorgeous! Bram, you’ve never failed to pick the most stunning but not so frequently played pieces. You are really good at this, you know?
From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on August 15, 2008 at 9:07 AM
It is great that you also like those pieces. It is a strange proces why some pieces are unjustly neglected and dissapear from the more often played repertoire or never enter the more often played repertoire.
From carlos majlis
Posted on August 16, 2008 at 12:31 PM
Bram, I've that CD. It's an Hungaroton
by Szabadi with Tamas Vasary and the Budapest SO. Lovely and unplayed works!
(and who ever play his Ruralia Hungarica?)
From Yixi Zhang
Posted on August 16, 2008 at 6:16 PM
Now I've bought the CD made by Chandos. In it, Ehnes plays the violin concert #2. The harp and piano concerti are also excellent!
From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on August 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM
His ruralia Hungarica has been recorded:
Ernst von Dohnanyi (1877-1960)Violinkonzert Nr. 2CD
Release date: 14.4.2003
Availability: deliverable within a week
(if available from supplier)
Detailed Information
+Ruralia Hungarica für Violine & Klavier op. 32c;
Sextet op. 37 Artists: J. Graham, English Sinfonia, Farrer;Little, Roscoe, Endymion Ensemble
Label: ASV , DDD, 95-00
Order number: 7543665
In the Dutch musiclibrary
They have 3 versions of teh 1th Dohnanyi en 4 of the 2th Dohnanyi, but not the Chandos Ehnes=version.

Also there were on 5 cd's of the trio's of Lalo, so quite popular

From carlos majlis
Posted on August 16, 2008 at 11:11 PM
Yes, R.U.had been recorded. Fritz did a
beautiful version. But I mean that almost
never it's played in concert. The same
happens with Hubay,and several dozens
great violin composers. Sarasate did
more than 50 works. How many are known and recorded? Maybe 20?
From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on August 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM
Naxos is now recording a lot of rare violinpieces:
More than 200!! cd's. You know that this music is unknown and will sell bad. There is written so much good classical music, but "great" conductors only know the often played pieces, just like programmers.
For professionals classical music is a job and only work and they are focussing on technical skills and not on commercial uninteresting good quality repertoire. It is very difficult to make a living as professional violinist, whether you are a great soloist, a good chambermusic player, a 1th or 2th violinist in an orchestra or a teacher, so it has no priority. A violinteacher of mine did not even want to listen to 10 rare cd's of rare violinconcerto's. After all her pupils she don't like to hear outside her work any violinmusic at all.
Real classical music freaks, like you (and I a little bit) with a big repertoireknowledge are mostly amateurs and passive listeners with a lot of cd's and a lot of time and also people who use and make a lot of time to listen to qualitative good classical music.
I gave 10 rare violinconcerto's to a professional violinist in the Netherlands and a year later she had not make time to listen to these cd's.
Most professionals have a poor repertoireknowledge and are listenlazy.
You or I can't change the world.
To make it people easy I record some things for Youtube. Short soundbites and fragments:
Only a few people like to listen to it. I hardly reach 200 listeners. Only my Ysyae-fragments reach 350 listeners.
Compare this with a song "In the getto" of Elvis Presley. 6.000.000 !!listeners on Youtube!!
Only well known classical pieces of big names reach on Youtube 500.000 listeners, like Janine Jansen with a Mozart-violinconcerto piece
So, although commercial totally unintersting Naxos, Chandos, Hungaroton and CPO record rarities. Be happy with that.
Perhaps you can advise Jon Frohnen of Naxos (he also write a blog on because of your big repertoireknowledge.

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