Dohnányi is one of those, of whom one thinks are one-work composers.
In his case it is the Variations on a Nursery Song ('Twinkle, twinkle Little
Star'), but of course he composed other works - not a lot because he was
also a brilliant pianist and a busy and accomplished conductor.
His Konzertstück is really a full-scale cello concerto although more
of a rhapsody in form. It is very accessible and melodic and it shows influences
of Brahms and Late Romantics like Wagner (in fact there is a subtle reference
to Walther's Prize Song from Die Meistersinger) and Richard Stauss. The
Romanticism of the lovely slow central section even anticipates the sort
of music Max Steiner and Korngild would be writing for the women's pictures
of Holywood's Golden Age.
The Sonata is no less melodic and accessible while the Ruralia Hungarica
looks back towards Brahms rather than towards Bartok.
A rewarding disc for the adventurous.