Brahms: Hungarian Dances & The Hungarian Tradition
Format: COMPACT DISC
Szecsodi, Ferenc; Miksch, Adrienn; Bándi, János; Elek, Szilvia; Kassai, István
Brahms had long been immersed in the folk traditions and spirit of Hungary’s musical repertoire, not least through the famous violinist Ede Reményi, for whom he played as piano accompanist. Brahms employed melodies that he had heard, as well as those based on sheet music, and in this album his Hungarian Dances are presented alongside their source material and variants, as well as some elements that Brahms omitted from his settings. Contextualised in this way, the heroic strength and dynamism, as well as the melancholy of the Dances can be heard as never before.