For those like me who tend to think of Johannes Brahms' music as as always sounding very serious, this collection of his "Hungarian Dances" may come as a bit of a surprise. Here we see Brahms at his warmest, happiest, and most relaxed. The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Istvan Bogar, plays with warmth, freshness, vigor, and a wonderfully idiomatic rhythmic quality. The CD's sound quality is excellent.
This CD was awarded a rosette by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs. (The rosette is the Penguin Guide's the highest accolade, given to a recording of special distinction) It is also one of my personal favorites. I listen to it very frequently, and always come away with a lift. I'm sure all lovers of Brahms' music will find this a most entertaining listening experience!