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The Great Waltz / John Mauceri, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra


Release Date: 10/12/1993 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 438685   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dimitri TiomkinJohann Strauss Jr.Richard Rodney BennettRichard Strauss,   ... 
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A wonderful example of fun and creative programming from a Classical Record label, The Great Waltz takes its title from the 1938 MGM film of that name, the musical based on the life of Johann Strauss, Jr.. The disc begins and ends with Dmitri Tiomkin’s arrangements of Strauss waltzes that were used in the movie. These frame the balance of the program which is a tribute to the Waltz form as it was used throughout the 20th century in Film, Shows and Opera.

"An album of lush waltzes from opera, ballet but mainly the movies is a nice idea, especially one that includes an intriguing number of items that are new to CD. Particularly enjoyable are Dimitri Tiomkin's opulently embellished reworkings of Johann Strauss for MGM's
Read more 1938 film 'biography' from which this album takes its title. The selection of evocative "waltzes Cafe waltzes" from the forgotten Warner Brothers movie Hotel Berlin (1945), in which Franz Waxman affectionately recalls the salons of his homeland in more happier times, is another welcome rarity, whilst receiving its first recording for well over 30 years is Rozsa's brilliant set-piece from Madame Bovary (1949). This steadily accelerating waltz mirrors to thrilling effect Emma Bovary's exhilaration as she savours the high romance she's been yearning for, and here Mauceri captures her mounting elation in bravura fashion... The other waltzes are more familiar, with those from Der Rosenkavalier, Candide and Cinderella rubbing shoulders with their movie counterparts quite comfortably...the performances are generally very agreeable and brightly polished, with the old MGM sound stage providing a suitably warm and solid acoustic."

Robert Seeley, The Gramophone

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This recording is conceived as a single piece of music composed by thirteen men over a period of more than half a century in Hollywood, California.

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Works on This Recording

1. The Great Waltz: Main title by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
2. Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
3. Murder on the Orient Express: Waltz by Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 
4. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz sequence no 2, Act 3 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Germany 
5. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Memory Waltz by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
6. Gigi: Main title by Frederick Loewe
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
7. Gigi: Fountain Scene by Frederick Loewe
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
8. Gigi: Chez Maxim Waltz by Frederick Loewe
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
9. Cinderella, Op. 87: Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1944; USSR 
10. A Little Night Music: Night Waltzes by Stephen Sondheim
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
11. Candide: Paris Waltz by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1988; USA 
12. Madame Bovary: Waltz by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
13. Hotel Berlin: Cafe Waltzes by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
14. Jezebel: Waltz by Max Steiner
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
15. The Prince and the Pauper: Flirtation by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
16. La valse by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
17. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
18. The Great Waltz: Final Sequence by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 

Featured Sound Samples

Murder on the Orient Express (Bennett)
Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss): "Mit Mir"
Jezebel (Steiner)

Customer Reviews

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 Stepping Back in Time November 1, 2012 By Judith A P. (Colorado Springs, CO) See All My Reviews "When I first heard Hotel Berlin I was transferred back to Europe, intrigue, black and white films...................I just had to buy the album. The waltzes are beautiful and from an era when movies swept you off to another time. The CD is very romantic and I play it all the time." Report Abuse
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