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Janoska Style

Album Summary

>Janoska Ensemble : Die Fledermaus Overture à la Janoska
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Janoska, Frantisek : Musette for Fritz (Hommage à Fritz Kreisler)
>Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Janoska, Roman : Melodie for Melody
>Janoska, Frantisek : Rumba for Amadeus (arrangement of Mozart's Piano Concerto no 20 in D minor, K. 466)
>Janoska, Frantisek : Tarantella vs. Niska Banja
>Piazzolla, Astor : Adiós Nonino, tango
Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lisztzentrum Raiding.

The Deutsche Grammophon label does not have a strong track record with light music, but give a chance to this release by the Slovak-Austrian Janoska Ensemble: three brothers named Janoska, plus a brother-in-law, double bassist Julius Darvas. Aspects of the music -- the Gypsy influences, the short virtuoso showpieces, the waltzes, and standard classical melodies -- might have come from the work of a Viennese café ensemble a century and a quarter ago. But the Janoska Ensemble updates this repertoire in several effective ways. They contribute new compositions of their own, and they include an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's elegiac tango Adiós Nonino at the end that works exceptionally well in this context. They raise the virtuosity level in Paganinoska, a reworking of Paganini's Caprice No. 24. And, at the same time, they take a step in the direction of chamber music as opposed to café music; the piano quartet-like ensemble of two violins, double bass, and piano brings a soberness that sets off the Gypsy rhythms of a Sarasate in a new way. Sample one of the custom-written compositions, like Melodie for Melody, for a typical taste. Enjoyable as party music, but also as listening music. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Janoska Ensemble : Die Fledermaus Overture à la Janoska
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Janoska, Frantisek : Musette for Fritz (Hommage à Fritz Kreisler)
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Waxman, Franz : Carmen Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Janoska, Roman : Melodie for Melody
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Janoska, Frantisek : Rumba for Amadeus (arrangement of Mozart's Piano Concerto no 20 in D minor, K. 466)
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Janoska, Frantisek : Tarantella vs. Niska Banja
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Adiós Nonino, tango
  • Ensemble: Janoska Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959