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Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances / Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 06/13/1984 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4106152   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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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
Read more 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.
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Works on This Recording

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Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 

Featured Sound Samples

Hungarian Dance no 2
Hungarian Dance no 6
Hungarian Dance no 19

Sound Samples

Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.2 in D minor - Orchestrated by Johan Andreas Hallén (1846-1925)
Hungarian Dance No.3 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.4 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by Paul Juon (1872-1940)
Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor - Orchestrated by Martin Schmeling (?-1943)
Hungarian Dance No.6 in D flat - Orchestrated by Martin Schmeling (?-1943)
Hungarian Dance No.7 in F Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A - Orchestrated by Martin Schmeling (?-1943)
Hungarian Dance No.8 in A minor - Orchestrated by Hans Gál (1890-1987)
Hungarian Dance No.9 in E minor - Orchestrated by Hans Gál (1890-1987)
Hungarian Dance No.10 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.11 in D minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888)
Hungarian Dance No.12 in D minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888)
Hungarian Dance No.13 in D - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888)
Hungarian Dance No.14 in D minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888)
Hungarian Dance No.15 in B flat - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888)
Hungarian Dance No.16 in F minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No.17 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by A. Dvorák (1841-1904)
Hungarian Dance No.18 in D - Orchestrated by A. Dvorák (1841-1904)
Hungarian Dance No.19 in B minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Hungarian Dance No.20 in E minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Hungarian Dance No.21 in E minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák

Customer Reviews

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 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" Report Abuse
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