Brahms: Hungarian Dance no.5 performed by Jean-Guihen-Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud
Jean-Guihen-Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud perform the Hungarian Dance no.5 by Johannes Brahms, transcribed for cello and piano. Concert recorded on 1 February 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium (Paris).
The famous Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms may never have seen the light of day without the Hungarian violinist Eduard Reményi, whom he met when he was only 15 years old. At the time, Brahms accompanied Reményi on tour performing gipsy dances. This in turn gave Brahms the idea of composing his Hungarian Dances.
Following the wild success of the works, a wild jealousy overcame Rémenyi. Simrock, Brahms's publisher, felt it necessary to intervene and silence any disruptive rumours by publishing an article entitled "A defence, Johannes Brahms and the Hungarian Dances", as explained by musicologist André Lischke.
The majority of the dances are drawn from popular themes, but several were composed by Brahms entirely. Originally, they were written for piano four hands. The composer only orchestrated three of the works (nos.1, 3, and 10); the others were transcribed by other composers including Antonin Dvořák, who in turn composed his own Slavic Dances almost a decade after Brahms's Hungarian Dances.
- Jean-Guihen QueyrasPerformer
- Alexandre TharaudPerformer