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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The playing of the VPO under Abbado is altogether exhilarating and sparkles like a good champagne..."
- Robert Layton, GRAMOPHONE
Typically we experience the Hungarian Dances individually as choice morsels, each capturing a few brief moments of full-blooded emotion. But in a single sitting, these works are the ultimate Classical music roller-coaster ride. And this recording may be the ultimate experience: the familiar gypsy tunes, dancing through extreme tempo changes, alternatively joyful and melancholy, are, in the hands of Claudio Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic, quite thrilling. Though written for keyboard, the works have been
well served through various instrumentations, but especially in these orchestral arrangements where the colors and textures seem to come to life. Somewhat unique in the orchestral repertoire, the pieces lend themselves to a wide range of interpretation - though immaculate technique and a fearless delivery are essential requirements. Aside from the oft-recorded 4-Hand piano versions, Joseph Joachim's arrangements for solo violin are a wonderful contrast to these recordings,especially in a favorite disc by
Aaron Rosand. First choice must still go to the arrangements heard here though. Even on the shortest of essential lists of Classical Music, this Vienna Philharmonic recording deserves a choice spot. Top Recommendation.
Works on This Recording
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1 by Johannes Brahms
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1868-1880; Austria
Date of Recording: 1982
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna
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Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Engaging Orchestral Presentations December 31, 2015
By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews
"The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) under the direction of Claudio Abbado does an excellent job of portraying the various colors of Brahms' 21 Hungarian Dances. I have partial recordings of the dances as played by Itzhak Perlman on the violin; here are presented the complete dances arranged for orchestra. Herein is compiled the arrangements of 4-5 parties, some by Brahms himself. The playing by the VPO is crisp and accurate here, and the sound quality is excellent. Pathos and emotion roll out of the renditions presented here; the dance nature of the arrangements comes through loud and clear. I highly recommend this version of the Hungarian Dances as a best expression of the art of Brahms at its most engaging points of expression."
Outstandin recording of Brams 21 Hungarian Dances July 29, 2013
By F. Stevens (Săo Paulo, Săo Paulo) See All My Reviews
"I enjoyed and highly recommend this outstanding recording of Brahms Hungaria Dances F.Stevens"