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'sRead 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."
The Great Waltz: Final Sequenceby Dimitri Tiomkin Conductor:
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: France
Featured Sound Samples
Murder on the Orient Express (Bennett)
Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss): "Mit Mir"
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Stepping Back in TimeNovember 1, 2012By 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