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New Year's Concert In Vienna 1991 / Abbado, Vienna Phil


Release Date: 06/04/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431628   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJosef StraussFranz Schubert,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The regularity of the Vienna New Year's Day Concert is almost matched these days by the regularity of the appearance of the CD recording some five or six weeks later. This year, mindful of the year's major musical obsession, the programme departs from convention by including some Mozart dances, notably the captivating Schliitenfahrt ("Sleigh ride"). Schubert gets a look in, too, though I'm not convinced that Bruno Maderna's modernistic touches in the first of the D735 Ecossaises are really in keeping with the occasion. Give me the delightful version by the Willi Boskovsky Ensemble (Vanguard/Pinnacle (0 VCD72016, 9/90) any time!

For the rest, there is a commendable quota of less hackneyed but highly attractive items,
Read more with contributions from all four major members of the Strauss family and Joseph Lanner. The presentation of the two themes heard in counterpoint towards the end of Johann's Waldmeisler Overture is hauntingly done, and the waltzes by Lanner and Josef Strauss are among their respective composers' best. The one major curiosity is the Carmen-Quadrille, arranged by Eduard Strauss on themes from Bizet's opera. Abbado tried something similar a couple of years ago, with Johann's Quadrille on Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, but I don't think he really succeeds any more now than then in making the result sound convincing as a dance.

Generally Abbado's performances are lively and free from conventional mannerisms, if also slightly free with the rhythms and dynamics. The recorded sound is a shade raw, especially in so far as the percussion is rather prominent at times, but no doubt that is considered an appropriate representation of the occasion. I've been spoilt recently by hearing the reissue of Carlos Kleiber's 1989 concert (Sony Classical (0 CD45938, 2/91), which I'd recommend to anyone wanting a single New Year Concert. But those who enjoy hearing An derschOnen, blauen Donau and the Radetzky-Marsch year after year will need no encouragement to obtain this latest offering.

-- Gramophone [4/1991]

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...As is typical with these concerts, the most rewarding performances involve the least familiar items. The Seufzer (“Sighs”) Gallop, for instance, rivets the viewer with its many sparkling filigrees and Abbado’s careful layering of dynamics, the precision of wind attacks contrasting with the slapstick of the orchestra’s vocal sighs near the end. The overture to Waldmeister, the next to last of Johann Jr.’s 16 stage works, offers a fascinating glimpse into a score otherwise never heard. Similar observations could be drawn from almost any moment of this most lively and detailed of all the New Year’s concerts we now can go back and access. The frantic pace of the opening of Eduard Strauss’s Carmen Quadrille pays dividends as the medley lurches back and forth among famous quotations from the opera, sometimes shoehorned into unfamiliar meters, but always relishing stylistic contrasts, snarky homage to an operatic war-horse.

...The Kaiser-Walzer has never radiated so much virtuosic spontaneity, dynamic range, dizzying detail, and hidden symphonic scope. And the refusal to condescend lends the mandatory encores (Blue Danube and the Radetzky March) a joy and even dignity that transcends the rather high norm of this series.

-- Christopher Williams, FANFARE [5/2008, reviewing the DVD version]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Waldmeister: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Contradances (5), K 609: no 1 in C major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This contradance is based on the melody of the aria "Non piů andrai" from Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro. 
3.
Contradances (5), K 609: no 3 in D major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
German Dances (3), K 605: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Die tanzende Muse, Op. 266 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Galop and Ecossaises (8) for Piano, D 735/Op. 49: Excerpt(s) by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maderna 
7.
Galop and Ecossaises (8) for Piano, D 735/Op. 49: Galop by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maderna 
8.
Die Werber, Op. 103 by Josef Lanner
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Seufzer-Galopp, Op. 9 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
Aquarellen, Op. 258 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Freikugeln, Op. 326 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12.
Carmen-quadrille, Op. 134 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 10 Minutes 35 Secs. 
14.
Furioso-Polka, Op. 260 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15.
Das Spitzentuch der Königin: Stürmisch in Lieb und Tanz, Op. 393 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16.
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 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
17.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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