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J. Strauss Jr: Waltzes, Polkas, Overtures / Immerseel, Et Al


Release Date: 12/09/2003 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 20601   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc should give great pleasure to anyone who enjoys the elegant music of the Waltz King. Jos van Immerseel’s orchestra, Anima Eterna, plays on the sort of 19th-century instruments available in the Vienna of the younger Johann and his contemporaries such as Bruckner, Goldmark, and Brahms. Scores derive from the new Johann Strauss Edition, sponsored by the Vienna Philharmonic and edited by Michael Rot. Immerseel writes a suggestive essay, “Tradition—How Do We Fit In?” on his performances, concluding with these suggestive sentences: “In 1999 Anima Eterna decided to ‘restore’ Strauss. It goes without saying that the musicians play instruments Strauss favored in a style that links Schubert with Brahms. The second beat no longer needs Read more special attention, as the impulse now comes from the first beat. Is this Strauss? Is this Vienna? Perhaps.”

The playing is top drawer. Immerseel keeps things moving, but knows how to add the lilt, buoyancy, and forward motion that makes the listener dance in imagination if not with the whole body. It was once well said that the ideal performances of Strauss waltzes and polkas make one feel as if dancing without one’s feet touching the ground. The Parisian firm Zig Zag Territoires accomplished the recording in the Arsenal of Metz, now restored as a fine concert hall. The recording places the listener close to the orchestra; one hears the hall enough to give the proper weight to the sound, but its leading characteristic is a bright clarity: one hears everything. The orchestra consists of 53 players. The large brass section—at full strength, five horns, three trumpets, three trombones, and a tuba—never overpowers the strings and winds, partly because they are well behaved, and partly because their instruments are not the potential ear-splitters in general use today.

While most of the numbers will be familiar to Strauss buffs, North Sea Pictures is a late masterpiece that few will have heard, and the Csárdas from Fledermaus makes a lovely tone poem for orchestra, however much one misses the soprano. The disc comes in a box with a 60-page booklet, containing notes in four languages on the project, on 19th-century dance forms, on the orchestra, on the Johann Strauss edition, and on each of the 13 selections. A splendid release in every respect.

Robert McColley, FANFARE Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
2. Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
3. Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
4. Nordseebilder, Op. 390 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
5. Indigo und die vierzig Räuber: Im Sturmschritt, Op. 348 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Vienna, Austria 
6. Fürstin Ninetta: Neue Pizzicato-Polka, Op. 449 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
7. Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
8. Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1883; Vienna, Austria 
9. Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
10. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
11. Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
12. Eljen a Magyar, Op. 332 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
13. Furioso-Polka, Op. 260 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214
Die Fledermaus: Overture
Die Fledermaus: Neuer Czardas
Nordseebilder (Northsee Pictures), Op. 390
Im Sturmschritt!, Op. 348
Neue Pizzicato-Polka, Op. 449
Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257, "Musikalischer Scherz" (Musical Joke)
Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), Op. 410
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture
An der schonen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Waltz, Op. 314: An der schonen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
Egyptischer, Op. 335
Eljen a Magyar!, Op. 332
Furioso-Polka, Op. 260

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