Brahms, of course, was no Hungarian. A native of Hamburg, his first real contact with Hungarian music came in a concert tour he undertook as a young man, his first such exploit, with a refugee Hungarian violinist who later made a name for himself in England. The Hungarian Dances that Brahms wrote, some based on Hungarian national tunes and some pure invention, but in national style, won easy popularity in their first, piano-duet form. Our recommended recording offers the 21 Dances in orchestral dress provided by Brahms, himself, and by Dvorák and others.
Brahms: Hungarian Dances, played by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra under István Bogár.