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Brahms - Hungarian Dances

Istvan Bogar Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: István Bogár
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000275E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hungarian Dance No. 1
2. Hungarian Dance No. 2
3. Hungarian Dance No. 3
4. Hungarian Dance No. 4
5. Hungarian Dance No. 5
6. Hungarian Dance No. 6
7. Hungarian Dance No. 7
8. Hungarian Dance No. 8
9. Hungarian Dance No. 9
10. Hungarian Dance No. 10
11. Hungarian Dance No. 11
12. Hungarian Dance No. 12
13. Hungarian Dance No. 13
14. Hungarian Dance No. 14
15. Hungarian Dance No. 15
16. Hungarian Dance No. 16
17. Hungarian Dance No. 17
18. Hungarian Dance No. 18
19. Hungarian Dance No. 19
20. Hungarian Dance No. 20
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

21 Danses hongroises, WoO1 / Orchestre Symphonique de Budapest, dir. Istvan Bogar

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly excellent 26 Dec 2004
By J. Vich
Format:Audio CD
When looking for good reading of Brahms's complete Hungarian Dances, I tried also this recording - and it became my final choice. Very fine and polished, but still enough "dancing" performance, with balanced performances of all dances (there is no one, which could semm worse preformed than others) and very good recording quality, that's why this bargain-priced disc beats lots of recodrings of much more famous orchestras / conductors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The agony and the exstacy 9 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is such a bargain ! There is no better recording of these magical, stirring pieces and there probably never will be. The players perform as if their life depends on it and every exquisite bittersweet moment is heartbreakingly rendered. The pieces typically oscillate between sheer hedonism and wistful melancholy - listening to these gypsy-inspired masterpieces makes the listener feel drunk with the sheer torture and wonder of being alive. I am sorry - I have to stop now and play it yet again !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 1988, contains the 21 orchestral versions of the Hungarian Dances that Brahms originally wrote for piano (in various ways for one or more piano and for one or more players). The orchestral set as here includes arrangements by Brahms(3), Dvorak (5), Parlow (6), Schmelling (3), Gal (2), Hallen and Juon (1 each).

Without exception, Bogar chooses exactly the right tempo for each dance so that they all flow and 'dance' effectively. There is a palpable feeling of pleasure or even joy in the playing by the excellent Budapest Symphony orchestra.

Of the various sets that I have owned of these dances this one stands out for sheer enjoyment value and there seems little reason to spend more ...... unless you wish to explore the equally excellent set with Fischer conducting the similarly named, but different Budapest Festival orchestra. That set makes a more deliberate attempt to maximise the Hungarian gypsy feel by incorporating a gypsy fiddler and the cimbalon into arrangements by Brahms (3), Dvorak (3), Parlow (2), Fischer (8), Schollum (2) and Hidas (3). These are really very different in intention and the only answer is to buy both as both are excellent in their different but complementary ways.

I would therefore suggest that both the Bogar and the Fischer sets are the leading contenders for purchasers to consider and that the best solution to this choice is to buy both.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen without smiling if you can 26 Mar 2011
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungarian Dances 20 Nov 2007
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a great recording of a stirring and uplifting piece of music. The dances alternate between soaring jubilation to mournful melancholy and all with a beautiful Hungarian folk lilt to them. I grew up on this CD and love it just as much now as I did as a child. This is a brilliant place to start with Brahms and an excellent recording. You can often find this at a good price, and is well worth a try, you shouldn't be disappointed.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 14 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am in no way an expert on classical music but I really love this piece and listened to many different versions until I settled on this one. The orchestra/conductor's interpretation is just magical with heavy emphasis on the string section allowing you to be carried away by the composition. I have heard other versions which focus on the piano with crashing cymbals which to me created a jarring effect. This version is far more soothing and fluid. Highly reccomended.
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