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Chamber Music THE KUTCHER STRING QUARTET:

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Samuel Kutcher (violin) ; Frederick Grinke (violin); Raymond Jeremy (viola); Douglas Cameron (violoncello)
DOROTHEA HELMRICH (mezzosoprano)
Ernst von Dohnanyi, composer, pianist, and conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, occupies a distinguished place in Hungarian music. But like Rachmaninov, he belongs to the old order rather than the new, that is to say, his technique is firmly based on nineteenth-century romantic principles.
Nevertheless, Dohnanyi's treatment of classical forms is stamped with strong individuality : ' In his compositions ', says Sir Donald Tovey , ' we have art in which the form arises organically from the matter. We also have mastery, describable in academic terms and traceable beyond anything that academics have codified ... Dohnanyi's own work shapes iiself without interference or inhibition from external pressure. The things that have influenced it are such as make for freedom that comes from mastery, though this does not mean that Dohnanyi has been influenced only by perfect works of art. Mastery in the Sonata forms and style is nowadays attributed automatically to the influence of Brahms, and Dohnanyi unquestionably owes much of his intimate knowledge to Brahms's work, and also to some considerable acquaintance with Brahms himself. Passages in Dohnanyi's ripest works can still be traced to an otigin in Brahms'.
The String Quartet No. 2 in D flat is one of Dohnanyi's finest -vorks and in form it is a remarkable fusion of the classical sonata style with the more modern symphonic style, of which Sibelius is such a master.

Contributors

Violin: Samuel Kutcher
Violin: Frederick Grinke
Violin: Raymond Jeremy
Viola: Douglas Cameron
Cello: Dorothea Helmrich
Unknown: Sir Donald Tovey






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