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Dohnányi’s piano music deserves far greater recognition. Martin Roscoe has done sterling work, while some of the composer’s own performances appear on APR.

Gülbadamova’s two discs here have completely different venues, recording teams and dates, yet there is a consistency of interpretation. Winterreigen is a sequence of varied Bagatelles, Gülbadamova especially effective in the stormy ‘Um Mitternacht’.

Brahmsian echoes in Winterreigen blossom in the Klavierstücke Op 2. Here, despite Gülbadamaova’s enthusiastic reading, she is outclassed in all areas by Roscoe. Gülbadamaova’s Op 41 is gnomically varied, but Dohnányi himself (1946) is more quixotic.

The Gavotte and Musette is a good performance, but Roscoe’s is more affectionate and the composer (1956) more impetuous than either. The Humoresques are characterful (a dark Toccata), the Op 11 Rhapsodies stormy. Fascinating.

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