Brahms – 21 Hungarian Dances (Label – Deutsche Grammophon)
Johannes Brahms (Composer)
Claudio Abbado (Conductor)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)

In 1869, Johannes Brahms completed these lively 21 Hungarian Dances, with the dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes. They were among Brahms’ most popular compositions.

In fact, Brahms originally wrote these dances for piano, 4 hands, but they later become orchestra gem in orchestra form. Only some were orchestrated by Brahms himself, the last five was orchestrated by Antonin Dvorak, while the rest were done by his associates.

Abbado’s excitingly uninhibited style of these Hungarian Dances, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, combines great exuberance and virtuosity with vivid colouring.

With Abbado at the baton, my favourite Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra played with much zest, vigour and of true Hungarian spirit.

This recording is full of warmth and verve that offers hours of joy and pleasure. The most popular being #5, while my all-time favourite is #4.

~Written by Boon Sin Ler

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