A most enjoyable 'normal' set of the orchestral Brahms dances,
This review is from: Brahms - Hungarian Dances (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.