This second volume of Dohnányi’s piano music focuses on early works from the period 1897 to 1907, when Dohnányi was still establishing himself within the great lineage of composer–pianists. Martin Roscoe is the ideal performer: the acknowledged master of this deeply appealing and unfairly neglected repertoire.
A highlight of the album is the Variations and Fugue on a theme of EG, Op 4—a monumental work that would soon be hailed by the Viennese press as ‘the most valuable enrichment of music literature since Brahms’.
In the first volume of this fascinating survey, Martin Roscoe devised a programme that incorporates music from different periods in Dohnanyi's career. By contrast, much of the present disc focuses on his earlier more derivative works...all the works on this warmly recorded release [are] performed here with consummate technical mastery and musical insight. BBC ****
The Variations may be Brahms-lite...but no less appealing, helped not a little by Martin Roscoe's sensitive sculpting and dynamic shading. The subtle changes he rings in the repeat of the theme's initial statement are an indication of the care and imagination he brings to the whole score. Gramophone
Martin Roscoe is an absolute master when it comes to repertoire such as this and one could well imagine the composer himself looking on as he plays with a smile of approval. MusicWeb