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Johannes Brahms: Piano quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25
Hungarian dances for violin and piano
Béla Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1 for violin and piano
Zoltán Kodály: Duo, op. 7
Ernö von Dohnányi: Serenade in C major for string trio, op. 10
Brahms didn’t like being reminded that his “Hungarian Dances” used melodies composed by Hungarian contemporaries that he mistook for folk melodies. He made up for this “plagiarism” with the Hungarian Dances that are hidden away in his chamber music, with the “Gypsy Rondo” of the Piano Quartet in G minor leading the way. His Hungarian friend Joseph Joachim readily conceded that he had hit the “Magyar style” perfectly. Today, no one is better suited to prove this than the Hungarian Eszter Haffner. Together with Stefan Vladar and carefully selected ensemble players, she brings out the Hungarian in Brahms – and the Brahms in Bartók and Dohnányi.