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  • A much better alternative in my opinion are the Dohnanyi exercises, which are simple to remember and serve a purpose; number 2 is especially useful. And be careful! Don't do anything that feels uncomfortable or is too hard to accomplish right now.

    This lovely and eloquent performance of the Sixth Symphony offers many fine moments, including an elegant second-movement quasi-waltz, a brilliantly played and dynamic march (a perfectly judged basic tempo and superb sonics don’t hurt here), and a deeply melancholy finale whose slight reticence only serves to heighten the pathos. What problems there are all concern the first-movement development and recapitulation, where Dohnanyi typically refuses to “let go” and pull out all the stops. Now Tchaikovsky certainly builds a certain measure of hysteria into his climaxes, and the control Dohnanyi exercises in the careful textural layering of the great exordium just before the return of the second subject in the recapitulation casts the music in an interesting and refreshingly different light. But while the build-up to the climax sounds marvelous, the final payoff just isn’t there, and this must necessarily compromise the conductor’s otherwise excellent vision of the piece. Good, then, but not as great as it surely could have been. The Polonaise from Eugen Onegin makes an appealing filler, but there was room on the disc for something much more substantial.

  • This lovely and eloquent performance of the Sixth Symphony offers many fine moments, including an elegant second-movement quasi-waltz, a brilliantly played and dynamic march (a perfectly judged basic tempo and superb sonics don’t hurt here), and a deeply melancholy finale whose slight reticence only serves to heighten the pathos. What problems there are all concern the first-movement development and recapitulation, where Dohnanyi typically refuses to “let go” and pull out all the stops. Now Tchaikovsky certainly builds a certain measure of hysteria into his climaxes, and the control Dohnanyi exercises in the careful textural layering of the great exordium just before the return of the second subject in the recapitulation casts the music in an interesting and refreshingly different light. But while the build-up to the climax sounds marvelous, the final payoff just isn’t there, and this must necessarily compromise the conductor’s otherwise excellent vision of the piece. Good, then, but not as great as it surely could have been. The Polonaise from Eugen Onegin makes an appealing filler, but there was room on the disc for something much more substantial.

    Seriousamateur, thanks for the tips. I'll look into the Brahms exercises. Right now I'm using the Dohnanyi exercises and scales/arpeggios + 1 etude. Once I get this going for a couple of weeks, I'll rotate between different exercises, and keep working on scales/arepeggios in the mean time.

    #568292 - 07/28/07 11:34 PM Re: Dohnanyi Exercises
    argerichfan
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     Quote:
    Originally posted by Debussy20:
    Are the Brahms' more difficult than the Dohnanyi?
    Absolutely not. Exercises 9, 10 and 11 in the Dohnanyi are almost transcendentally difficult, and you really need to be careful when practising them. At the first sign of fatigue, stop[/b].

    Overall, I find the Dohnanyi much better organized than the Brahms, and would humbly submit that if the magic of the name "Brahms" was not attached to those studies, I doubt they would be as well known.
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  • #568291 - 07/28/07 11:07 PM Re: Dohnanyi Exercises
    LiszThalberg
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    Thanks for your reply Goldberg.

    Are the Brahms' more difficult than the Dohnanyi?

    Matt

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