Wedding Celebrations

Wedding Celebrations

by Budapest Strauss Ensemble
     
 

Despite its title, this disc of festive music is not especially connected to wedding celebrations and should not be mistaken as a bridal sampler. Instead, the program is a survey of nineteenth century polkas, waltzes, and marches drawn from Viennese and French operettas and the dance repertoire of salon orchestras. Buoyant pieces by members of the celebrated See more details below

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Despite its title, this disc of festive music is not especially connected to wedding celebrations and should not be mistaken as a bridal sampler. Instead, the program is a survey of nineteenth century polkas, waltzes, and marches drawn from Viennese and French operettas and the dance repertoire of salon orchestras. Buoyant pieces by members of the celebrated Strauss family and Jacques Offenbach are presented side-by-side with music by less famous but industrious composers, such as Johann Schrammel, Jakob Pazeller, and Iosif Ivanovici. This even-handed approach to programming gives a reasonably accurate impression of the music of the times and displays the uneven mix of excellence and triteness that surely existed then. István Bogár's arrangements for the Budapest Strauss Ensemble are consistent and unpretentious, and he blends the elegance of the ball with the more mundane sounds of Austro-Hungarian light music. Notably, Bogár includes the accordion and various band instruments, such as the saxophone, to suggest the ad hoc nature of the period's ensembles. While a few pieces are exceptionally well known -- "Wein, Weib und Gesang" by Johann Strauss II and the rambunctious Can Can from "La vie parisienne" by Offenbach are two standouts -- they do not draw inordinate attention to themselves in their modest presentation here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/1994
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099590020
catalogNumber:
8550900
Rank:
373707

Tracks

  1. Wien bleibt Wien for orchestra, march  - Johann Schrammel  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  2. La vie parisienne, operetta in 5 acts, revised to 4 acts: Polka  - Jacques Offenbach  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  3. Figaro-Polka, polka-française for orchestra, Op. 320  - Johann Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  4. Souvenir de Herkulesbad  - Jakob Pazeller  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  5. Einzugs-Marsch (Entrance March), for orchestra (also known as "Occupation March"; from operetta "Der Zigeunerbaron")  - Johann Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  6. Frauenherz, polka mazurka, for orchestra, Op 166  - Josef Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  7. Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Böhmisch-Polka  - Johann Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  8. Donauwellen (Waves of the Danube), waltz for piano (or orchestra)  - Iosif Ivanovici  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  9. Bavarian Ländler  - Iosif Ivanovici  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  10. Annen-Polka, for orchestra, Op. 117 (RV 117)  - Johann Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  11. Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 333 (RV 333)  - Johann Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  12. Tiroler Holzhacker Buab'n  - Josef Franz Wagner  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  13. Flora, polka mazur for orchestra, Op. 54  - Josef Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  14. Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Spanischer Tanz  - Johann Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  15. La vie parisienne, operetta in 5 acts, revised to 4 acts: Cancan  - Jacques Offenbach  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
  16. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228  - Johann Strauss  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Strauss Ensemble

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