Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Brahms - Hungarian Dances - Masur, Gewandhausorchester

Brahms - Hungarian Dances - Masur, Gewandhausorchester
Orchestral | Eac, Ape, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 218 MB
1983 | Philips | RapidShare

The Hungarian Dances (German: Ungarische Tänze) by Johannes Brahms (WoO 1), are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes. Only numbers 11, 14 and 16 are entirely original compositions. In fact, number 5 was based on the csárdás by Kéler Béla titled "Bartfai emlek" which Brahms mistakenly thought was a traditional folksong. They vary from about a minute to four minutes in length. They are among Brahms' most popular works, and were certainly the most profitable for him. Each dance has been arranged for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. Brahms originally wrote the version for piano four-hands and later arranged the first 10 dances for solo piano. The most famous Hungarian Dance is No. 5 in F♯ minor (G minor in the orchestral version).

Brahms wrote orchestral arrangements for No. 1, No. 3 and No. 10. Other composers, including Antonín Dvořák, orchestrated the other dances. These composers were Johan Andreas Hallén for No. 2, Paul Juon for No. 4, Martin Schmeling for Nos. 5 to 7, Hans Gál for Nos. 8 and 9, Albert Parlow for Nos. 11 to 16. Dvořák orchestrated the last numbers.

Brahms' Hungarian Dances were influential in the development of ragtime. See, for example, the role of German-American piano teacher Julius Weiss in ragtime composer Scott Joplin's early life and career.

CD Content

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - The Hungarian Dances

01. No.1 in G minor [0:03:11.40]
02. No.2 in D minor [0:03:10.70]
03. No.3 in F [0:02:21.08]
04. No.4 in F sharp minor [0:04:42.32]
05. No.5 in G minor [0:02:46.50]
06. No.6 in D [0:03:29.55]
07. No.7 in F [0:01:43.05]
08. No.8 in A minor [0:03:47.48]
09. No.9 in E minor [0:02:13.67]
10. No.10 in F [0:01:40.38]
11. No.11 in D minor [0:02:55.15]
12. No.12 in D minor [0:02:30.07]
13. No.13 in D [0:01:36.60]
14. No.14 in D minor [0:01:22.25]
15. No.15 in B flat [0:02:54.53]
16. No.16 in F minor [0:02:23.70]
17. No.17 in F sharp minor [0:02:55.17]
18. No.18 in D [0:01:28.55]
19. No.19 in B minor [0:02:12.20]
20. No.20 in E minor [0:02:15.58]
21. No.21 in E minor [0:01:19.09]

1 comment:

  1. More Brahms here: http://easyjams.blogspot.com/2012/05/janos-starker-and-abba-bogin-brahms.html



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