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Aa.Vv.: Vienna Premieres Cofanetto, Classica

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CD audio, Cofanetto, Classica, 1 lug 2011
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Perhaps no composer is more associated with a city than Johann Strauss II with Vienna. Indeed it is hard to consider Vienna without thinking of the waltz, and the waltz empire is dominated by the Strauss family. Johann Strauss I & II, Josef Strauss, and Eduard Strauss produced a seemingly inexhaustible supply of melodies which have entranced not only the dancers of the world, but also its musicians and music-lovers from the 1840s to the present. Whilst much of their music has never been out of the recorded repertoire, so prolific was their output that a quantity of top-rate music was forgotten over the years. Jack Rothstein recorded three volumes of such rarities in the 1980s and 90s, which comprised music by the Strauss family and their contemporaries. So enjoyable and tuneful are these Vienna Premieres that it is impossible to understand just why they had been neglected. Time and time again one is amazed at the un-flagging inspiration which seemed to come so easily to composers of this period, who produced consistently high-quality light, entertaining music, beautifully crafted and orchestrated. Jack Rothstein was a master of this music. Appointed Musical Director of the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1976, he was steeped in the distinctive performing style associated with this repertoire for years before making the pioneering digital recordings collected here. It is the first time that these three unique CDs have been gathered together in one convenient and inexpensive box.

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A lot of fun 9 gennaio 2012
Di Larry VanDeSande - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Called "Vienna Premieres," this discount priced three-CD set is a reissue of previously-released material from Chandos that includes marches, waltzes, vocal and other music from the Strauss family (Johann senior and junior, Josef and Edward) and their contemporary composers Carl Millocker, Carl Michael Ziehrer and Philipp Fahrbach Jr. wiht Jack Rothstein leading the Vienna Strauss Family Orchestra. Rothstein was a violinist in Bath Festival Orchestra, the Boyd Neel Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Academy of St Martin in the Fields and he played in chamber music groups. He became leader of this Vienna-based orchestra in 1976 and he died 2001.

The contents eschew the famous waltzes we all know -- Blue Danube, Emporer, Tales of the Vienna Woods -- and offers music probably unknown to most except Strauss acolytes. The Pappacoda polka, Hail Austria! march and Don't Moan polka exemplify the works included. The Casimir Walzer polka will be familiar to anyone that knows the tune Yankee Doodle Dandy and the Erzherzog Wilhelm Genesungs march, among many others, will have you rollicking to and fro. The selections contrast one to the next in style and pace so you don't get the same thing over and over.

A critic in American Record Guide included this in his list of best albums for 2011. "Rothstein is able to maintain an incredible variety of tempos, which is why each each performance kept me absolutely alert," he said. "Rothstein knows how to...energize the music...he is consistenllty lithe, highly stylisitc, and never on autopilot...the way he digs out contrasts is amazing."

I won't say it did that much for me but it is surely a fine compilation of lesser-known tunes from the Strauss family and their cohorts. The anthology reminded me of the better short subjects I know from Jacques Offenbach, another tunesmith that wrote vivid dance tunes. In case Amazon has removed the sound bytes by the time you read this, here are the selections:

Disc 1
1. Die Sieben Schwaben-Marsch for orchestra
2. Concurrenzen (Rivalry) waltz for orchestra Op. 267
3. L'inconnue (Unknown One) polka française for orchestra Op. 182 (RV 182)
4. Knall und Fall for orchestra Op 132
5. Frohes Leben, for orchestra Op. 272
6. Vorwarts! quick polka for orchestra Op, 127
7. Neuer Csárdás for voice & orchestra (RV 503-4)
8. Nachtschatten for orchestra, Op. 229
9. Hoch Österreich! (Hail Austria!) march for orchestra Op. 371 (RV 371)
10. Alexandrinen-Polka polka française for orchestra Op. 198 (RV 198)
11. Leuchtkaferin for orchestra Op. 161
12. Elfen-Polka, for orchestra Op. 74
13. Jonathan-Marsch for orchestra
14. Hectograph for orchestra Op. 186

Disc 2
1. Forever polka for orchestra Op. 193
2. Bluthenkranz Johann Strauss' Scher Waltzer for orchestra Op. 292
3. Pappacoda-Polka polka française for orchestra Op. 412
4. Der lustige Krieg (The Merry War) quadrille for orchestra Op. 402: Pantalon
5. Der lustige Krieg (The Merry War) Op. 402: Été
6. Der lustige Krieg (The Merry War) Op. 402: Poule
7. Der lustige Krieg (The Merry War) Op. 402: Trénis
8. Der lustige Krieg (The Merry War) Op. 402: Pastourelle
9. Der lustige Krieg (The Merry War) Op. 402: Finale
10. Saat und Ernte for orchestra Op 159
11. Weyprecht-Payer March for orchestra Op. 120
12. Klug Gretelein, waltz for chorus & orchestra Op. 462 (RV 462)
13. Schlau-Schlau polka schnell for orchestra Op. 6
14. Mädchenlaune polka-mazurka for orchestra Op. 99
15. Defilir March for orchestra Op. 53
16. Die Abonnenten for orchestra Op. 116
17. Farewell for orchestra, Op. 211

Disc 3
1. Österreichs Völker-Treue Marsch Op. 211 (The Loyalty of Austria's People March)
2. Casimir-Walzer Op. 551 (Casimir Waltz)
3. Klopf' an! polka-française
4. Die Lustigmacherin Schnell-Polka Op. 4 (The Dancing Temptress Quick Polka)
5. Unter Den Linden waltz for orchestra (Under the Linden Trees) Op. 30
6. Nur nicht mucken! (Just Don't Moan!) polka française for orchestra Op. 472
7. Wallonen-Marsch (Walloons March) Op. 41
8. Pauline polka mazurka Op. 190b
9. Erzherzog Wilhelm Genesungs-Marsch, for orchestra Op. 149 (RV 149)
10. Zeit-Bilder (Time Pictures) waltzes Op. 51
11. Freiheits-Marsch ('Freedom March') for orchestra Op. 226
12. Blauäuglein-Polka française (Little Blue Eyes French Polka) for orchestra Op. 254
13. Schleier und Krone, waltzes Op. 200 (Veil and Crown)
14. Der Carneval in Paris galop for orchestra Op. 100

I don't care for the packaging -- three disks in cardboard sleeves in a cardboard box. The sleeves are not as bad as I have seen before (you can remove the disks without touching them) but these sleeves almost always scratch the disks. It comes with a helpful, thick booklet that discusses every piece. The natural sound is better than Chandos' penchant for homogenization. This is a very enjoyable collection for fans of classical fun, dance, marches and light music.
A nice compilation of lesser known workds 12 maggio 2014
Di David Smith - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This is also available as individual volumes. As noted by the first reviewer the pieces have a variety of authors from the period of the Strauss's, not just music of Strauss. The selections are very enjoyable. The sound is clean with good fidelity. The tempos seem to be appropriate. From the liner notes "performed complete, in the original instrumentation." I love the many CDs that I own that were conducted by Willy Boskovsky, however, this set of CDs will find a place on that shelf and will be played with reasonable frequency.

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