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Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Hungarian Dances Nos. 3, 7 & 11 / Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orch.

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A minor, WoO 1/11
>Traditional, Hungarian : Instrumental Folk Music from the region of Sic (Szek)
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in F major, WoO 1/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7
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Notes & Reviews:

The GRAMMY winning combination of Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra follow up on their acclaimed recordings of Brahms's Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 with a benchmark performance of the Symphony No.4. It is coupled here with the Hungarian Dances Nos. 3, 7 & 11, making this another must-have addition to Fischer's definitive Brahms cycle.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This is an extremely beautiful orchestra with a very refined sound. I think they sound much like the Berlin Philharmonic. Ivan Fischer has molded their sound but is also a very refined conductor. Nothing is ever crude or awkward; everything flows just beautifully. His tempos are ideal as well. He has a wonderful natural flow that makes the music seem inevitable and so right. There are many moments here where I hear in my mind Walter's fullness and warmth; at such moments I miss Bruno Walter. The big cello theme in II is too subdued here, I think.

Along with the three Hungarian Dances, which Fischer has always done better than anyone, he gives us the folk melody that is behind Dance No. 3. Interesting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Palace of Arts, Budapest (04/2013).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 41 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A minor, WoO 1/11
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Traditional, Hungarian : Instrumental Folk Music from the region of Sic (Szek)
  • Performers: Istvan Kadar (Violin); Attila Martos (Double Bass); András Szabó (Viola)
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in F major, WoO 1/3
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868