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Bruno Walter Edition - Strauss, Brahms, Smetana


Release Date: 05/16/1995 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 64467   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Johannes BrahmsBedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Easily the best mono disc thus far in this series was made by Walter with the NYPO in 1956, and largely comprises of music by Johann Strauss II: it really is remarkably fine. The sound is spacious and full, in fact almost as good as stereo. To have Walter's accounts of the An der schönen, blauen Donau, the G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald and the Kaiser waltzes is treasure indeed, especially as the readings are so idiomatic. However, the conductor reserves his special affection for Wiener Blut, the introduction coaxed with loving care, the violins ravishing. In addition there are volatile performances of the Fledermaus and Zigenunerbaron Overtures. These Strauss items are coupled with four of Brahms's Hungarian Dances (Nos. 1, 3, 10 and Read more 17). They are given a Viennese air and are filled out with charming detail. The concert ends with Walter's 1941 version of Smetana's "Vltava" (Ma vlast). This opens delicately and the moonlight sequence is also quite lovely. Unfortunately the restricted range of the recording prevents the St John's rapids episode from providing any sense of dynamic expansion, although the work's closing section comes off well.

-- Gramophone [8/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
2. Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
3. Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
4. Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
5. Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
6. Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
7. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: Orchestrated: Johannes Brahms 
8. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 3 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Notes: Orchestrated: Johannes Brahms 
9. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 10 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
10. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 17 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
11. Má vlast: no 2, Moldau, T 111 by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Czech Republic 

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