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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

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

Customer Reviews

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." Report Abuse
 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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