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Best Of New Year's Concert / Wiener Philharmoniker


Release Date: 12/09/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000166302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Johann Strauss Sr.Josef StraussEduard Strauss
Conductor:  Seiji OzawaHerbert von KarajanLorin MaazelClaudio Abbado,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This delightful collection celebrates the Vienna Philharmonic and demonstrates how the persistence of tradition can triumph even over some very strong podium personalities. The tradition of New Year's Concerts in Vienna is relatively recent, dating from 1939 when Austria had been absorbed into greater Germany and a program of the Jewish Strauss family was a relatively daring display of artistic independence. In any event, the recordings here range from Clemens Kraus' 1951 Pizzicato Polka to Seiji Ozawa's On the Beautiful Blue Danube from 2002. But whether the conductor is Abbado, Boskovsky, Karajan, Maazel, Krips, or Muti, it's the orchestra that steals the show. Certainly we can hear how it has improved since the immediate post-war period, Read more but it's the rhythm and phrasing that give these performances their echt-Viennese character. And while the sonic quality is necessarily variable (and not necessarily better in digital), if you are looking for a single collection of music from the New Year's concerts, you simply can't go wrong here.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2. 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 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3. Morgenblätter, Op. 279 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1980 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4. Prinz Methusalem: Banditen-Galopp, Op. 378 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5. Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
6. Cagliostro in Wien: Auf der Jagd Polka, Op. 373 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7. Wiener Bonbons, Op. 307 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1983 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8. Beliebte Annen Polka, Op. 137 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9. Accelerationen, Op. 234 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1957 
Venue:  Live  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
10. Brennende Liebe, Op. 129 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11. Die Libelle, Op. 204 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12. Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13. Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14. Kaiser Franz Joseph I: Rettungs-Jubel-Marsch, Op. 126 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1980 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15. Leichtes Blut, Op. 319 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1957 
Venue:  Live  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
16. Ohne Bremse, Op. 238 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1979 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
17. Sphären-Klänge, Op. 235 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
18. Fürstin Ninetta: Neue Pizzicato-Polka, Op. 449 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1951 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
19. Aquarellen, Op. 258 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1980 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
20. Im Fluge, Op. 230 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
21. Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Live  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
22. Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
23. Annen-Polka, Op. 117 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
24. 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: 01/1983 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25. Auf Ferienreisen, Op. 133 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
26. Ohne Sorgen, Op. 271 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1987 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
27. Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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