It must have come as quite a shock to those who had known Brahms as only a composer of serious music – notably three piano sonatas, the first piano concerto and the monumental Paganini and Handel variations – to experience the collection of 16 Waltzes published in 1866 when the composer was 33. They were probably begun ten years earlier and form an album of memories reminiscent, in their variety of color, of the different places in which he had first heard them – Hungarian, Tyrolean and even Nordic picked up no doubt from the sailors who frequented the bars in Hamburg where the composer played to earn a living. The Liebeslieder followed three years later and were originally set for vocal quartet and piano duet; five years later they wereRead more published without the vocal parts. The Hungarian Dances were composed and published over a period of eleven or twelve years ending 1870, Brahms orchestrated three of them in 1873. Brahms recommended Dvorák, eight years his junior, to his publisher, Simrock, in 1877 and the following year duly published the first set of Slavonic Dances which they commissioned. The second set followed eight years later. Both sets were originally composed for piano duet and later orchestrated. These recordings are one of the many that Beroff and Collard have made together. Read less
Works on This Recording
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78by Antonín Dvorák Performer:
Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano),
Michel Béroff (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1878; Bohemia Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs. Notes: Audio Engineer: Paul Vavasseur. Audio Producer: Eric Macleod.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147by Antonín Dvorák Performer:
Michel Béroff (Piano),
Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1886-1887; Bohemia Length: 27 Minutes 7 Secs. Notes: Audio Engineer: Paul Vavasseur. Audio Producer: Eric Macleod.
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No SoulAugust 11, 2018By Peter Prainito (Lombard, IL)See All My Reviews"At first the thought of getting the Brahms Hungarian Dances, waltzes, Liebeslieder waltzes, coupled with the Dvorak Slavonic Dances played by duo pianists Michel Beroff and Jean-Phillipe Collard seemed like a real bargain. From the standpoint of cost it was, but little else. This two disc collection has many faults. The playing is rushed and mechanical, with the pianists exhibiting absolutely no feel or soul for this music. It's as though they just wanted to get through the recording sessions as quickly as possible, and it really comes through as such. To make matters worse is the thin sound recording. The piano sound has no bloom or presence. This is one recording that I truly regret purchasing."Report Abuse