The Never-Ending Waltz

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Some folks might think Telarc's choice of title here, The Never Ending Waltz, is a concept chosen to advance a Romantic notion of waltz music, as titles as "Two Hearts in Three-Quarter Time" used to appeal back in the days when Reader's Digest was proliferating the world with its deluxe, LP box sets. Telarc, though, is smarter than that; they realize they might have better success naming it "The Never Ending Pasta Bowl," like at Olive Garden, than to attempt to sell the waltz on its own merits to today's decidedly anti-romantic generation. The Never Ending Waltz is a purposeful designation; this is Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performing the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Some folks might think Telarc's choice of title here, The Never Ending Waltz, is a concept chosen to advance a Romantic notion of waltz music, as titles as "Two Hearts in Three-Quarter Time" used to appeal back in the days when Reader's Digest was proliferating the world with its deluxe, LP box sets. Telarc, though, is smarter than that; they realize they might have better success naming it "The Never Ending Pasta Bowl," like at Olive Garden, than to attempt to sell the waltz on its own merits to today's decidedly anti-romantic generation. The Never Ending Waltz is a purposeful designation; this is Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performing the traditional Strauss waltzes not in a concert format, but pulled together into strings of medleys. This is exactly how one would experience Strauss' and other waltzes at a ball in Vienna where the waltz is still danced in the traditional manner, and indeed how the Strausses themselves would have arranged them for such purpose. The recording quality of the DSD recording is terrific, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, old hands in this music, performs it in a warm, no-nonsense fashion. Every waltz flows into the next -- the first medley consists of six waltzes and takes nine minutes to play, whereas the uncut concert version of "Tales from the Vienna Woods" alone takes some 12-13 minutes to play. Waltz purists is there anyone out there anymore who fits this description? might feel that this short shrift for purpose of appreciating these works. But it appears that with The Never Ending Waltz, the form really does follow the function -- chances are you will not be holding a formal ball of the kind one might attend in Vienna, but if you were, this would be a great disc to use in lieu of an orchestra. Likewise, if you have a ballroom dance class you are teaching and need some continuity to the recording in order to give the chronically left-footed more time to pulverize the teacher's tootsies, then this is great for that. Just bear in mind that The Never Ending Waltz is designed for dancing, rather than listening, and you should be on track, even if you decide just to listen rather than dance -- it works for that, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408066825
  • Catalog Number: 80668
  • Sales rank: 245,588

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–8 The Never-Ending Waltz, medley for orchestra - Erich Kunzel & Léo Delibes (56:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist
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