Elegant, sly, invigorating and amusing by turns these dances represent some of the most uplifting and sheerly joyful music ever. Perhaps mindful of how these gypsy tunes can turn schmaltzy, Bogar and his Budapest orchestra are occasionally just a little too restrained when I would have liked a tad more passion, but by and large they are alive to every nuance, particularly in matters of rubato and rhythmic contrast. This sounds like a live concert by musicians enjoying themselves rather than a studio recording but the musicians have managed to combine the discipline of studio work with the spontaneity of performance - and to my ears the playing is of a very high technical standard, too.
I defy you to listen without feeling swept along by the brilliance and élan of the playing on this super-bargain disc, now available on Marketplace for silly prices, less than the cost of the postage, having been recorded over twenty years ago and been awarded a Penguin Guide Rosette. Those dances orchestrated by Dvorak are marginally less inspired; the real gems come earlier in the programme amongst the first ten but they are all worth having and hearing.