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Brahms: Hungarian Dances, Waltzes Op 39 / Idil Biret


Release Date: 10/04/1994 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550355   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is another valuable addition to Idil Biret's fine series of Brahms's solo piano music, the recordings of which were completed a year ago. Both the Waltzes and the Hungarian Dances are extremely demanding in their two-hand form, and in the latter collection one could often believe that the 20 fingers of two duettists must be involved, so many notes are being played in all registers (for an example, try No. 8 in A minor). However, the technical problems evidently hold no terrors for this pianist and her performances are both convincing and attractive.

What more need be said about this playing of music in which Brahms portrayed, in turn, sophisticated Vienna and untamed Hungary? Well, not a great deal. The quicker Waltzes
Read more have plenty of vivacity, and the slower ones are lyrical in the right Viennese way. Tempos, textures, phrasing, rubato and pedalling are well managed. Indeed, the playing has a very convincing blend of subtlety and simplicity, and, not for the first time, I admire this artist's judgement as much as her fingers. Try the ninth of these pieces (the gentle D minor) for an example of all her qualities. She treats these 16 pieces as a sequence, as Brahms's key structure allows, and leaves relatively little gap between them. The Hungarian Dances have a darkly surging Magyar energy and sound that are very pleasing: indeed, Biret seems totally at home in this music. The recording, made in the Heidelberg location favoured for this series, is a bit larger than life, but perfectly acceptable. A thoroughly recommendable disc, especially at super-bargain price.

-- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [10/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 1 in B major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
2.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 3 in G sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
3.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 4 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
4.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 5 in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
5.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 6 in C sharp major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
6.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 7 in C sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
7.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 8 in B flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
8.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 9 in D minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
9.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 10 in G major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 0 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
10.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 11 in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
11.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 12 in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
12.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 13 in B major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
13.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 14 in G sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
14.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
15.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 16 in C sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
16.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 2 in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms (1865) 
17.
Hungarian Dances (10) for Piano solo by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Idil Biret (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1872; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg 
Length: 29 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: The "Ten Hungarian Dances" for piano solo are arrangements by Brahms of nos. 1-10 from his original set of 21 Hungarian Dances for piano 4 hands. 

Sound Samples

16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 1 in B major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 2 in E major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 3 in G sharp minor
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 4 in E minor
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 5 in E major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 6 in C sharp major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 7 in C sharp minor
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 8 in B flat major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 9 in D minor
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 10 in G major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 11 in B minor
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 12 in E major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 13 in B major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 14 in G sharp minor
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 15 in A flat major
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 16 in C sharp minor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 1 in G minor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 2 in D minor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 3 in F major
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 4 in F sharp minor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 5 in F sharp minor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 6 in D flat major
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 7 in F major
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 8 in A minor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 9 in E minor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): No. 10 in E major

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