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Brahms: Hungarian Dances / Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival


Release Date: 11/09/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462589   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  József Lendvay Jr.József "Csócsi" Lendvay Sr.Oskar Ökrös
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Absolutely yummy! Brahms orchestrated only a handful of his ever-popular Hungarian Dances. His friend Dvorák did a few more, and the rest exist in a variety of versions by a variety of arrangers. Conductor Iván Fischer has undertaken this job himself in several cases, with really impressive results. His solos and cadenzas for traditional instruments (Gypsy fiddle and cimbalom) sound perfectly idiomatic and tasteful, and his conducting manages to put some of the paprika back into the music without ever making it sound vulgar or mannered. For example, in the most popular dance of them all, No. 5, Fischer's alternation of strings and winds gives the music the necessary freshness and
Read more bounce while allowing the conductor to take a slower tempo than most. The result is at once warmer and more exotic than usual, with less of those "oompah" rhythms that can make playing a large batch of these pieces so monotonous. There isn't a dull moment anywhere here. The rich, well balanced sonics delight the ear as much as the music itself. There is no better version of these pieces currently available.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  József Lendvay Jr. (Violin), József "Csócsi" Lendvay Sr. (Violin), Oskar Ökrös (Cimbalom)
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 56 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor
Hungarian Dance No.2 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.3 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.4 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.6 in D flat - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No.7 in F Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.8 in A minor - Orchestrated by R. Schollum
Hungarian Dance No.9 in E minor - Orchestrated by R. Schollum
Hungarian Dance No.10 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.11 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.12 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.13 in D - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.14 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.15 in B flat - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.16 in F minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No.17 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.18 in D - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
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

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