Wedding Celebrations

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 7/26/1994
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099590020
  • Catalog Number: 8550900
  • Sales rank: 332,383

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wien bleibt Wien for orchestra, march - Johann Schrammel & Istvan Bogar (3:24)
  2. 2 La vie parisienne, operetta in 5 acts, revised to 4 acts: Polka - Jacques Offenbach & Istvan Bogar (2:27)
  3. 3 Figaro-Polka, polka-française for orchestra, Op. 320 - Johann Strauss II & Istvan Bogar (4:06)
  4. 4 Souvenir de Herkulesbad - Jakob Pazeller & Istvan Bogar (3:52)
  5. 5 Einzugs-Marsch (Entrance March), for orchestra (also known as "Occupation March"; from operetta "Der Zigeunerbaron") - Johann Strauss II & Istvan Bogar (2:52)
  6. 6 Frauenherz, polka mazurka, for orchestra, Op 166 - Josef Strauss & Istvan Bogar (4:15)
  7. 7 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Böhmisch-Polka - Johann Strauss II & Istvan Bogar (1:46)
  8. 8 Donauwellen (Waves of the Danube), waltz for piano (or orchestra) - Iosif Ivanovici & Istvan Bogar (5:26)
  9. 9 Bavarian Ländler - Iosif Ivanovici & Istvan Bogar (2:21)
  10. 10 Annen-Polka, for orchestra, Op. 117 (RV 117) - Johann Strauss II & Istvan Bogar (3:49)
  11. 11 Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 333 (RV 333) - Johann Strauss II & Istvan Bogar (4:00)
  12. 12 Tiroler Holzhacker Buab'n - Josef Franz Wagner & Istvan Bogar (4:04)
  13. 13 Flora, polka mazur for orchestra, Op. 54 - Josef Strauss & Istvan Bogar (4:21)
  14. 14 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Spanischer Tanz - Johann Strauss II & Istvan Bogar (1:13)
  15. 15 La vie parisienne, operetta in 5 acts, revised to 4 acts: Cancan - Jacques Offenbach & Istvan Bogar (2:29)
  16. 16 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & Istvan Bogar (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Budapest Strauss Ensemble Primary Artist
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