2007 New Year's Concert

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert, a big splash by Austrian standards, makes for entertaining listening either for its intended purpose or just for any listener looking for a collection of Viennese waltzes and polkas, with the various generations of the Strauss family heavily represented. In fact, it may even be preferable to studio waltz recordings; Viennese dance music was meant to be heard in a room of breathing and reacting people, and a well-made live recording like this one, with applause and noise that give a sense of audience presence but do not interfere unduly with the sound of the orchestra, offers an optimal experience. The program has a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert, a big splash by Austrian standards, makes for entertaining listening either for its intended purpose or just for any listener looking for a collection of Viennese waltzes and polkas, with the various generations of the Strauss family heavily represented. In fact, it may even be preferable to studio waltz recordings; Viennese dance music was meant to be heard in a room of breathing and reacting people, and a well-made live recording like this one, with applause and noise that give a sense of audience presence but do not interfere unduly with the sound of the orchestra, offers an optimal experience. The program has a preponderance of old favorites, but also includes less familiar items such as Eduard Strauss' "Ohne Bremse" Without Brakes and the "Delirien" Delirium waltz of Josef Strauss. The spoken New Year's address CD 2, track 11 is given in German and English, and its message of welcome to Romania and Bulgaria into the European Union given also in the respective languages of those countries may make the album an attractive historical souvenir for some listeners. The orchestra's style in this music tends to remain constant no matter who is at the helm, but conductor Zubin Mehta imbues all the music with a lively zip. The booklet notes, translated from German into English, give a useful overview of how this central European phenomenon came into being and developed. Recommended to all waltz lovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947762256
  • Catalog Number: 000828902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zivio!, march for orchestra, Op. 456 (RV 456) - Johann Strauss II & Merle Kersten (3:34)
  2. 2 Flattergeister, waltz, Op. 62 - Josef Strauss & Merle Kersten (8:12)
  3. 3 Moulinet Polka for orchestra, Op. 57 - Josef Strauss & Merle Kersten (3:27)
  4. 4 Elfenreigen, for orchestra - Joseph Hellmesberger & Merle Kersten (3:54)
  5. 5 Delirien Waltz for orchestra, Op. 212 - Josef Strauss & Merle Kersten (8:40)
  6. 6 Einzugs-Galopp, for orchestra, Op. 35 - Johann Strauss I & Merle Kersten (1:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Waldmeister, overture to the operetta: Overture - Johann Strauss II & Merle Kersten (10:17)
  2. 2 Irenen-Polka, Op 113 - Josef Strauss & Merle Kersten (3:20)
  3. 3 Wo die Zitronen Blüh'n! (Where the Lemons Bloom), waltz for orchestra, Op. 364 (RV 364) - Johann Strauss II & Merle Kersten (9:04)
  4. 4 Ohne Bremse Polka for orchestra, Op 238 - Eduard Strauss & Merle Kersten (2:26)
  5. 5 Stadt und Land (Town and Country), polka-mazurka for orchestra, Op. 322 (RV 322) - Johann Strauss II & Merle Kersten (4:28)
  6. 6 Matrosen Polka, Op. 52 - Josef Strauss & Merle Kersten (2:41)
  7. 7 Geheime Anziehungskräfte (Dynamiden), Waltz, Op 173 - Josef Strauss & Merle Kersten (10:02)
  8. 8 Erinnerung an Ernst oder Der Carneval in Venedig, fantasia for orchestra, Op. 126 - Johann Strauss I & Merle Kersten (7:02)
  9. 9 Furioso-Galopp, for orchestra (after themes by F. Liszt), Op. 114 - Johann Strauss I & Merle Kersten (2:29)
  10. 10 Leichtfüßig, Polka schnell - Joseph Hellmesberger & Merle Kersten (2:39)
  11. 11 New Year's Address - Spoken Word & Merle Kersten (1:17)
  12. 12 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314) - Johann Strauss II & Merle Kersten (10:14)
  13. 13 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & Merle Kersten (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
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