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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Budapest Symphony Orchestra recording of the Brahms Hungarian Dances is sheer delight from beginning to end. The playing has warmth and sparkle, and the natural way in which the music unfolds brings a refreshing feeling of rhythmic freedom. Bogár’s rubato is wholly spontaneous. The recording is warm and full yet transparent, with just the right brilliance on top. This is an outright winner among the available versions.

Which Compact Disc, July 1989

"Brahms Hungarian Dances in wonderfully relaxed. idiomatic performances, full of wit and elegance, make up a delightful CD from Istvan Bogar and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra - the absolute antithesis of the glamorous, high powered, super conductor performances we so often hear."

Penguin Guide

"One would rather have this set of dances than any of the other alternative versions."

Brian Higgins

"Bogar's Brahms is wholly enjoyable with stylish string playing and crisp woodwind solos from the Budapest orchestra. These lively performances, full of charm and good humour, should brighten the dullest day."

Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)

" of the audio bargains of the decade."

The Bulletin

"...a very exciting disc."

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