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Legendary Moments From The New Year's Concerts / Vienna Philharmonic [3 CDs & 1 DVD]


Release Date: 01/04/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 795206  
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Josef StraussJohann Strauss Sr.Josef Lanner,   ... 
Performer:  Kathleen BattleLorin MaazelWerner Hink
Conductor:  Carlos KleiberHerbert von KarajanLorin MaazelZubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Vienna New Year’s Concert is the world’s most famous classical music event. Established by the Vienna Philharmonic as an annual tradition, the concert has become a brand name. This special limited edition, 3-CD plus DVD package is a long-awaited collection from the history of these New Year’s Concerts, featuring the great maestros – Herbert Von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. It contains two CDs with ultimate highlights, the legendary first concert of Kleiber from 1989 on CD 3, and von Karajan’s 1987 single performance on DVD.

R E V I E W S:

"One can share in a more carefree expression of joy here. Many fine conductors have presided over these traditional Strauss tributes, but
Read more none with such élan as the late Carlos Kleiber. The music swings and sways in terpsichorean ecstasy."
-- Gramophone [4/2008]

"this reissue heartwarmingly recaptures the special frisson that Kleiber's conducting seemed to engender in orchestral players and audience alike on New Year's Day 1989. Kleiber extracts from the orchestra playing that is variously exhilaratingly exciting (the conclusion of the Fledermaus Overture and the Ellen a Magyar! Polka, for instance) or hauntingly delicate (e.g. the opening of Künstlerleben). He never simply follows set notions of how these pieces should go, and yet his variations of tempo (4'41" into the Fledermaus Overture, 3'04" into Frühlingssammen, for instance) never seem other than natural."
-- Gramophone [2/1991]
Reviews of earlier releases of Carlos Kleiber Concert

A splendid and indispensable issue for all admirers of Karajan and Johann Strauss. Watching the actual concert on TV was very touching, with the great conductor obviously moved by the occasion and, with a minimum of gesture, coaxing from the Viennese players performances combining warmth, subtlety and freshness. There is no more magical moment than when in the Blue Danube Karajan repeats a section very gently, sotto voce. He has done this on his previous studio recordings, but here there is the added spontaneity of the live flow of affection from conductor, to orchestra, to audience (plus the widest possible dynamic range). Hiw view that "the introductions are the key to the waltzes and this is where the Strausses, father and sons were way ahead of their time" is given special substance by the beguiling shaping of the opening of Music of the Spheres and even more in the darkly dramatic introduction of Delirien. The polkas are a delight: Annen (which Karajan takes quite slowly) is graciously cultivated, but Beliebte Annen (by Johann senior) is quite delicious in its delicate rhythmic articulation; there is energy and vigour in Vergnungszug ("Excurions Train") and the roisterous, yet controlled dash of Donner und Blitz suggests a conductor at the beginning of his career rather than in his still creative autumnal phase. The rubato in the Pizzicato Polka never plays to the gallery and the crisp Radetzky-Marsch is given a rhythmic projection by the well disciplined yet never rigid traditional audience participation.

The choice of Kathleen Battle as soloist was ideal — her delicate roulades in Voices of spring are captivating and there is a wonderful smile on the voice. This is in the Hilde Gueden/Rita Streich tradition of sparkle and charm and the lilting accompaniment is suitably laid back, to match the totally relaxed coloratura — a classic performance by any standards. The Blue Danube was, of course, an encore, and what an encore! Shortly after the concert Karajan told of his love of the music since childhood and revealed that the choice of programme featured "compositions which over the years have come to mean a great deal to me." He conveys this strikingly throughout and never more than at the gorgeously played opening of the Blue Danube where the Vienna players demonstrate that "their feeling for waltz rhythms is absolutely unique," as soon as the strings take up the melody introduced so evocatively by the horns. The acoustics of the Musikverein are ideal for this music, but balance is inevitably a problem with an audience (even a remarkably unintrusive one). However, DG's balance engineer, Gunter Hermanns is to be congratulated on his skill especially in the vocal number. One is not made aware of the microphones and the overall effect is very realistic. The upper range is brightly lit, but there is a balancing fullness at the other end of the spectrum, detail is excellent and the ambient resonance of the lower strings is well projected without any boominess. With 69 minutes offered this now leads the Johann Strauss digital discography. Incidentally audiophiles will be impressed by the side drums at the beginning of the closing march and the clapping, though enthusiastic, is never allowed to drown the music: Karajan effortlessly has the audience under his command as well as the orchestra.
-- Ivan March, Gramophone [11/1987]
Review of original release of the Herbert von Karajan DVD
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Works on This Recording

1.
Accelerationen, Op. 234 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Bauern-Polka, Op. 276 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Bei uns z'Haus, Op. 361 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874 
4.
Die Libelle, Op. 204 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Künstlerleben, Op. 316 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Moulinet, Op. 57 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Eljen a Magyar, Op. 332 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Im Krapfenwaldl, Op. 336 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1883; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Ritter Pázmán: Csárdás by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Plappermäulchen, Op. 245 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Jokey-Polka, Op. 278 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
15.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Sphären-Klänge, Op. 235 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Annen-Polka, Op. 117 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Delirien, Op. 212 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Beliebte Annen Polka, Op. 137 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Austria 
23.
Vergnügungszug Polka, Op. 281 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1883; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Ohne Sorgen, Op. 271 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
30.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Caroussel-Marsch, Op. 133 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
33.
Aus der Ferne, Op. 270 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
34.
Feuerfest, Op. 269 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
35.
Die Schönbrunner Walzer, Op. 200 by Josef Lanner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
36.
Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
37.
Ein Herz, ein Sinn, Op. 323 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
38.
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Lorin Maazel (Violin), Werner Hink (Violin)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
39.
Mit Chic, Op. 221 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Musikverein, Grosser Saal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
40.
Morgenblätter, Op. 279 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1995 
41.
Mephistos Höllenrufe, Op. 101 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1995 
42.
Electrisch by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1995 
43.
Mein Lebenslauf ist Lieb und Lust, Op. 263 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1995 
44.
Schützen-Quadrille by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1995 
45.
Auf Ferienreisen, Op. 133 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/1995 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 One of teh best recordings of the Strauss family  November 3, 2014 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "This set almost includes two of the three greatest New Year's Concerts, Karajan and Carlos Kleiber (1989). Kleiber 1992 is missing. Karajan is #3. You get the complete Karajan concert on DVD. Its a gem. Unfortunately, the 81 minute Kleiber concert is edited, but well worth while to hear some of the finest Strauss ever recorded, including absolutely perfect performances of the Fledermaus Overture, the Blue Danube Waltz, and the Radetsky March. The other two CDs feature highlights from several concerts with various conductors, mostly Lorin Maazel who often reaches the standards set by Kleiber and Karajan (and has better sound). If you don't have much Strauss or you want an introduction, this is a 'don't miss'. If you are collector of Karajan or Kleiber (the BBC took a poll of the world's top 100 living conductors and asked them, "who is or was the greatest conductor?" Kleiber was #1. Bernstein was #2. In his entire career, Kleiber conduced 94 concerts. In his first year with the NY Philharmonic, Bernstein conducted 116 concerts), this is decent buy because you get a lot of bonus stuff. As for me, I have a lot of Strauss-- 5-6 linear feet of shelf space, so I didn't buy this until it was on sale for $10. As for $17, you be the judge." Report Abuse
 Everything I expected February 6, 2013 By Joanne A. (ramona, CA) See All My Reviews "I loved it. Couldn't have been better" Report Abuse
 Wonderful! February 6, 2013 By Reg Jones (Hamilton, VA) See All My Reviews "Three terrific CDs and one DVD at an unbelievably low price! The title was right. These ARE legendary moments. Get your copy while you can. Don't miss it." Report Abuse
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