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1992 New Year's Concert / Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker


Release Date: 04/21/1992 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 48376   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Otto NicolaiJohann Strauss Jr.Johann Strauss Sr.Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In every respect, this is superb. Here is not merely a wonderful souvenir of a special event but a thing of joy forever.

In every respect, this is superb: a 'must'. I recently listened to DG's historic issue of VPO Johann Strauss ((D 435 335-2GWP2), reviewed enthusiastically in February by RO. Here the present needs fear nothing from the past. Indeed Carlos Kleiber combines in one baton, miraculously, every attribute of his predecessors—his father Erich's discipline and élan, Krauss's Schwung, Karajan's elegance, Boskovsky's lift and Krips's insinuating charm. Anyone who saw and heard the concert on television (the video incidentally will be released on Philips) will know just how delightfully Kleiber, with his
Read more unorthodox, seemingly effortless methods, achieves his aims and how willingly his complaisant orchestra responds to his peculiar gifts.

If I had to decide between so many winners, I might choose Eine Tausend und eine Nachi for the translucency of its introduction and the champagne elation of its main section, and Spharenklange for ethereal wonder. But then there is the irresistible verve of the Pizzicato Polka where the rubato is perfectly judged, and the tremendous panache of Unter Donner und Blitz. Is there a touch of the mannered just once or twice, as in the opening bars of The Blue Danube? If so, it is usually justified as a means to an entirely convincing end—in this case a familiar piece given with a swooning spontaneity that invites the body to sway with the music.

To crown one's pleasure, the recording is faultless: it has presence, warmth, depth, and captures ideally a sense of the occasion. Here is not merely a wonderful souvenir of a special event but a thing of joy forever. And now if you'll excuse me, I shall go and listen to it again.

-- Gramophone [4/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1. Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Overture by Otto Nicolai
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2. Stadt und Land, Op. 322 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3. Vergnügungszug Polka, Op. 281 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4. Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5. Indigo und die vierzig Räuber: Tausend und eine Nacht, Op. 346 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Fürstin Ninetta: Neue Pizzicato-Polka, Op. 449 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7. Persischer Marsch, Op. 289 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9. Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
11. Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
12. Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Op. 164 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13. Sphären-Klänge, Op. 235 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1992 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Overture
Stadt und Land, Op. 322
Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Op. 164
Vergnügungszug, Op. 281
Der Zigeunerbaron Overture
Tausend und eine Nacht, Op. 346
Neue Pizzicato Polka, Op. 449
Persischer Marsch, Op. 289
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
Sphärenklange, Op. 325
Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
Radetzky-Marsch, Op. 228

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The best New Year's Day concert ever May 7, 2012 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "In his first year as conductor of the NY Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conducted by concerts than Karlos Kleiber preformed in his entire career. Kleiber cancelled more appearances than he appeared at. A few years ago the BBC polled 100 top conductors asking them who was the greatest conductor of all time. Bernstein was #2 Kleiber #1. Kleiber had an affinity for Strauss and recorded two New Year's Day Concerts with the VPO. This is the best of the two. Kleiber works miracles with that old war horse, The Thunder & Ligtening Polka, and it will have you dancing in the aisles." Report Abuse
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