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New Year's Concert 2016 - works by members of the Johann Strauss family and Eduard & Josef Strauss / Vienna PO, Mariss Jansons

Album Summary

>Stolz, Robert : UNO Marsch, for orchestra
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Der Zigeunerbaron
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Violetta, polka française for orchesra, Op. 404
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Vergnügungszug (Excursion Train), polka schnell for orchestra, Op. 281 (RV 281)
>Ziehrer, Carl Michael : Weaner Mäd'ln Walzer, Op. 388
>Strauss, Eduard : Mit Extrapost, for orchestra, Op. 259 ("Polka Schnell")
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Eine Nacht in Venedig
>Strauss, Eduard : Ausser Rand und Band, polka schnell, for orchestra, Op 168
>Strauss, Josef : Sphären-Klänge (Music of the Spheres), walzer, Op. 235
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Sängerslust (Singer's Joy), polka française for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 328
>Strauss, Josef : Auf Ferienreisen, Op. 133
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Fürstin Ninetta, entr'acte from the operetta (RV 513-2)
>Waldteufel, Emile : España Waltzes for orchestra, Op. 236 (after Chabrier)
>Hellmesberger, Joseph : Ballszene (Ball Scene), for salon orchestra (after a violin étude by Mayseder)
>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Seufzer-Galopp, for orchestra, Op. 9
>Strauss, Josef : Die Libelle, Op. 204
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Kaiserwaltzer Waltz, Op. 437
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Cagliostro in Wien
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Indigo und die vierzig Räuber
>Word, Spoken : New Year's Address
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Radetzky March, Op. 228
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concert has become a tradition and the world's most famous classical music event. The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concerts reads like a veritable who's who of great maestros: Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti to name a few. For the New Year's Concert 2016 world-renowned conductor Mariss Jansons returns to the podium for the third time for this extraordinary event. Ever since their first concert together in 1992, Mariss Jansons has belonged to the circle of conductors with whom the Vienna Philharmonic feels a special bond. His first New Year's Concert in 2006 was widely acclaimed by both audiences and the media. Jansons won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Orchestral Performance and ECHO Klassik honored him in 2007 as Conductor of the Year.

The Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concert is unique and has often been imitated, but not equaled, with a live broadcast on television in over 90 countries around the world with over 40 million viewers. PBS aired the 2015 concert on over 181 stations and will broadcast the 2016 concert nationally. The repertoire for the New Year's Concert features works by members of the Strauss Family Johann Strauss, father and son, as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss. Old favorites from their works are played alongside others that have never been recorded or are rarely heard. All of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert, The Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This is the 2016 New Year's Eve concert from the Musikverein. ARG has reviewed these concerts over the years with different conductors. I reviewed the 2014 recording (M/A 2015) conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The 2016 concert was conducted by Mariss Jansons and the performance and 22 selections are mostly different. If you are familiar with the annual PBS broadcasts hosted by Julie Andrews, that is only about half of the actual concert. This recording includes many more items, including some encores.

The musical program is excellent. The mostly Strauss selections include a few of the expected warhorses ('Blue Danube', 'Radetzky March'), and there are also many lesser known and interesting pieces by the various Strauss family members (Eduard, Josef, Strauss I and II). There are also selections by Hellmesberger, and for the first time by Stolz, Waldteufel, and Ziehrer. The recording has excellent orchestral balance and the sound is very good.

If you like Strauss played by a big orchestra, you'll enjoy this. Jansons's tempos are more reasonable. Jansons conducts the waltzes with very deliberate tempos that slow down and speed-up and are acceptable. The galops and marches have consistent fast tempos that are thrilling. The orchestra responds to the conductor's varying tempos with brilliant playing. The Vienna Boys' Choir sings two selections very nicely. Everyone, including the orchestra, seems to be having a good time. A Blu-ray, standard DVD, and LP are also available.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Goldener Saal des Wiener Musikvereins (01/01/2016).



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Works Details

>Stolz, Robert : UNO Marsch, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Der Zigeunerbaron
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1885.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1885
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Violetta, polka française for orchesra, Op. 404
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Vergnügungszug (Excursion Train), polka schnell for orchestra, Op. 281 (RV 281)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ziehrer, Carl Michael : Weaner Mäd'ln Walzer, Op. 388
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Eduard : Mit Extrapost, for orchestra, Op. 259 ("Polka Schnell")
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Eine Nacht in Venedig
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Eduard : Ausser Rand und Band, polka schnell, for orchestra, Op 168
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Josef : Sphären-Klänge (Music of the Spheres), walzer, Op. 235
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Sängerslust (Singer's Joy), polka française for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 328
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Josef : Auf Ferienreisen, Op. 133
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1863
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Fürstin Ninetta, entr'acte from the operetta (RV 513-2)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Waldteufel, Emile : España Waltzes for orchestra, Op. 236 (after Chabrier)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hellmesberger, Joseph : Ballszene (Ball Scene), for salon orchestra (after a violin étude by Mayseder)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Seufzer-Galopp, for orchestra, Op. 9
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Josef : Die Libelle, Op. 204
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Kaiserwaltzer Waltz, Op. 437
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Cagliostro in Wien
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Indigo und die vierzig Räuber
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : New Year's Address
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss I (Senior), Johann : Radetzky March, Op. 228
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1848
  • Studio/Live: Live