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New Year's Concert 2004 / Riccardo Muti, Vienna Po


Release Date: 01/27/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 474900   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Johann Strauss Sr.Josef LannerJosef Strauss,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 41 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hey, it's the New Year's Concert, so what could be bad? The answer, of course, is "nothing". Sure we could quibble about the various merits of Muti vs. Maazel vs. Ozawa vs. Harnoncourt, or compare Blue Danube Waltzes in microscopic detail. But basically this is the Vienna Philharmonic doing the Strauss family (and friends), and it would take far more time and effort to make them sound bad in this repertoire than Muti has to spend, even if he were bad at it, which he is not. He leads aptly vivacious performances full of charm, and he's got his tendency toward rhythmic stiffness well under control even as he imposes his characteristic discipline in the zippier numbers (the various gallops and marches have a nice snap to Read more their step). In short, the smile in the music comes through, as it must.


On one count, though, I find the recent concerts of both Ozawa and Harnoncourt more interesting: they offer a slightly wider choice of repertoire than does Muti, who sticks mostly to old favorites--but that will be a selling point for some, and even in this instance we do get a few rarities, such as Lanner's Hofball-Tänze and Johann Strauss I's Cachucha-Galopp. So if you're a fan of the Vienna Philharmonic and of its New Year's Concerts in particular, you're surely going to enjoy this, and even if you don't--there's always next year!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Waldmeister: Es war so wunderschön, Op. 467 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. Beliebte Sperl-Polka, Op. 133 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Rot 
3. Philomelen-Walzer, Op. 82 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4. Frederica Polka, Op. 239 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Rot 
5. Cachucha Galopp, Op. 97 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Rot 
6. Hoffballtänze, Op. 161 by Josef Lanner
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Rot 
7. Tarantel-Galopp, Op. 125 by Josef Lanner
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Rot 
8. Das Spitzentuch der Königin: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9. Zigeunerin-Quadrille, Op. 24 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10. Accelerationen, Op. 234 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11. Satanella-Polka, Op. 124 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12. Eislauf, Op. 261 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13. Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
14. Mit Vergnügen!, Op. 228 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
15. Stiefmütterchen, Op. 183 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
16. Champagner-Polka, Op. 211 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17. Sphären-Klänge, Op. 235 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
18. Indigo und die vierzig Räuber: Im Sturmschritt, Op. 348 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
19. Indianer-Galopp, Op. 111 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is followed by a New Year's Address. 
20. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a New Year's Address. 
21. 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: 01/01/2004 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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