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New Year's Concert 1988 / Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 08/18/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423662  
Composer:  E. Nikolaus von ReznicekJosef StraussJohann Strauss Jr.Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This represents as successful an advert as I have heard for capturing the New Year's Day concerts on disc. One really does get the feel of the occasion, with generous applause and cheers between pieces but audience participation never— well, hardly ever—allowed to interfere with the music itself. There are the fun items which mean so much to the enjoyment of this occasion, but only at one point (and I will not spoil enjoyment by revealing when) is it taken to excess, and then to considerable effect. In between, the more serious music-making is most agreeably done.

Claudio Abbado might not be an obvious choice for this sort ofmusic, but he acquits himself with very considerable distinction. After some touches of insecure
Read more ensemble in the Donna Diana Overture—an excellent choice of opener—everything goes exceedingly well. Even the overfamiliar items such as the Fledermaus Overture make themselves welcome when played so winningly as here. The one major disappointment is in the quadrille on themes from Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, which is not only played at a breakneck speed that would have defeated any dancers but is moreover restricted to just four of its six figures. The programme as a whole has been very well chosen to balance the traditional favourites against less familiar items, such as the ravishingly lovely polka-mazurka Brennende Liebe and the waltz Seid umschlungen, Millione,i that Strauss dedicated to his friend Brahms. Altogether this issue is a great success, and it would be good to hear Abbado in more along the same lines.

-- Gramophone [7/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Donna Diana: Overture by E. Nikolaus von Reznicek
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1908; Prague 
2.
Brennende Liebe, Op. 129 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Auf Ferienreisen, Op. 133 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Fürstin Ninetta: Neue Pizzicato-Polka, Op. 449 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Freut euch des Lebens, Op. 340 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Un ballo in maschera, Op. 272 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Leichtes Blut, Op. 319 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Seid umschlungen, Millionen, Op. 443 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Im Fluge, Op. 230 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Prinz Methusalem: Banditen-Galopp, Op. 378 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Vienna, Austria 
14.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 

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