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Saturday, June 23, 2018 Permalink

The Folk Dance Connection

"The Wedding Dance" (1566), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder


There’s no denying the appeal of attractive tunes and strong, catchy rhythms.

But, just as important, this is music that often speaks volumes about a particular people or culture that might otherwise be overlooked—or even suppressed.

In this hour, the impact of folk dance on works by Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, Dvorak, Grieg, Bartok, Arnold, and many more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer Philips 456 570-2 028945657028
Nocturne: The Romantic Life of Frederic Chopin [for Polonaise in A Major] Lucy Parham Deux-Elles  DXL 1152 666283115222  
Chopin: Mazurkas Vol. 1 Garrick Ohlsson Helios CDH55392 034571153919
Brahms: Hungarian Dances Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado Deutsche Grammophon 4779962 028947799627
Grieg: Norwegian Dances Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi Virgin Classics 3447222 094634472227
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati Mercury Living Presence Collector’s Edition 478 3566 028947835660
Janacek: Hary Janos Suite, etc, (for Dances of Marosszek) London Philharmonic, Walter Susskind EMI 5 72683 2 724357268325
Dorati conducts Bartok (for Roumanian Folk Dances) Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Living Presence Collector’s Edition 478 3566 028947835660 
Arnold: Dances (for Four Scottish Dances) Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane, Andrew Penny Naxos 8.553526 730099452625
Reflections (for Surinach:  Ritmo Jondo) Philharmonia a Vent Klavier 11166 019688116620
Skalkottas : 36 Greek Dances BBC Symphony, Nikos Christodoulou BIS BIS-CD-1333/1334 7318591333340

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