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New Year's Concert 1999 / Lorin Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61687   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Johann Strauss Sr.
Performer:  Lorin Maazel
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the tenth time that Lorin Maazel has conducted the New Year’s Concert in Vienna, more often than anyone since Willi Boskovsky. What is always endearing is that Maazel, unlike any maestro since that former concert-master, boldly takes up his solo violin, entering into the fun in a way that lightens his once-severe image. He sets the right atmosphere with his two concertante items, the Scherz-Polka of Johann Strauss II and the Walzer a la Paganini of Strauss I, both arranged for him by Michael Rot, and what does it matter if most of the violin section of the Vienna Philharmonic could play them just as well?

The distinctive point about this year’s concert is that it marked the centenary of the death of the younger Johann
Read more and the 150th of his father. Aptly the programme starts with the very first of his hundreds of opuses, the ‘Epigram Waltz’, Sinngedichte, precisely setting out the pattern he always favoured in waltzes, just as winningly lyrical as the many later favourites. Some New Year’s Concerts take you by storm with their bite and energy, and at least one – Karajan’s single appearance not long before he died (11/87) – conveyed a valedictory quality amid the sparkle. This one makes its points above all by charming.

The seductive languor of the introduction to G’schichten aus dem Wienerwald (‘Tales from the Vienna Woods’), with its haunting zither solo, sets the pattern, followed by such rarities as the late Donauweibchen Waltz (‘Little Woman of the Danube’) on themes from the operetta, Simplicius, and the Hopser-Polka, insinuating rather than thrusting. The uproarious Banditen-Galopp, with its police-whistles and gunshots, then raises the temperature, and the well-known sequence of favourites at the end sparkles as brightly as ever, even if the audience’s clapping in the inevitable encore, the Radetzky March, is no better disciplined than usual. As ever, a winning disc.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [4/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinngedichte, Op. 1 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Scherz-Polka, Op. 72 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Lorin Maazel (Violin)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Rot 
3.
Furioso-Galopp, Op. 114 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Simplicius: Donauweibchen, Op. 427 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Hopser-Polka, Op. 28 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8.
Prinz Methusalem: Banditen-Galopp, Op. 378 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10.
Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
11.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
13.
Walzer à la Paganini, Op. 11 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Performer:  Lorin Maazel (Violin)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Rot 
14.
Künstlerleben, Op. 316 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1999 
Venue:  Live  Golden Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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