New Year Concerts: 1951-54

Clemens: Wiener Philh Krauss

CD  |  Classical  |  06 Oct 2017

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A series of three classic Decca studio albums, newly remastered and compiled in one complete set for the first time. Of all the conductors who have championed the music of the Strauss family with the Vienna Philharmonic, it is Clemens Krauss who was one of the greatest pioneers. He it was who conducted the first New Year’s Day concert in 1939, to raise funds for the (Nazi) Winter Aid programme. He continued to lead the occasion on each new year until his death in May 1954, but only beginning with the second half of that 1954 concert was the event recorded for commercial release. For each of the previous years, Krauss and the Vienna Philharmonic had gone into the studio during the summer to set down a mix of waltzes and polkas which would, when released shortly after the concert proper, make a memento of the occasion for its increasingly worldwide audience on radio. Often previously excerpted or released separately, these three ‘New Year’s Concert’ albums are now presented together in a 2CD set. A new editorial note by the opera director and critic Mike Ashman gives context to the stupendous popularity of the Strauss family’s music, both in their time and ever since, to the all-too-short career of Krauss and to the tradition of the New Year concerts in Vienna. To open the set, the overtures to Die Fledermaus and Die Zigeunerbaron make enticing tasters for Krauss’s Decca studio recordings of both operettas. Most of the sweetest Straussian lollipops are here, such as the Blue Danube and the Radetzky March, but so too are lesser-known treasures such as Die Libelle (The Dragonfly) and the Vergnügungszug Polka: in their different ways both supreme examples of Viennese light music, and conducted by Krauss with a lightness of touch perhaps rivalled since only by Carlos Kleiber.

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Title: New Year Concerts: 1951-54

Format: CD

Release Date: 06 Oct 2017

Artist: Clemens: Wiener Philh Krauss

Sku: 2352686

Catalogue No: 4827363

Category: Classical

TRACKS

DISC 1

CD 1

JOHANN STRAUSS II 

Die Fledermaus – Overture

Der Zigeunerbaron – Overture

Künstlerleben – Walzer, Op. 316

Frühlingsstimmen – Walzer, Op. 410

 JOSEF STRAUSS

 Mein Lebenslauf ist Lieb und Lust!, Op. 263

Die Libelle – Polka mazurka, Op. 204

Jockey – Polka schnell, Op. 278

  JOHANN STRAUSS II

 Im Krapfenwald’l – Polka, Op. 336

Éljen a Magyar! – Polka, Op. 332

G’schichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

JOHANN STRAUSS II & JOSEF STRAUSS 

Pizzicato Polka

 JOHANN STRAUSS II 

Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335

Vergnügungszug – Polka, Op. 281

CD 2

JOSEF STRAUSS

Dorfschwalben aus Österreich – Waltz, Op. 164

Moulinet – Polka française, Op. 57

Ohne Sorgen! – Polka schnell, Op. 271

JOHANN STRAUSS II

Stadt und Land – Polka, Op. 322

Auf der Jagd – Polka schnell, Op. 373

Morgenblätter – Walzer, Op. 279

JOSEF STRAUSS

Feuerfest! – Polka française, Op. 269

JOHANN STRAUSS II

Ritter Pásmán, Op. 441: Csárdás

Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 257

An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314

JOSEF STRAUSS

Auf Ferienreisen! – Polka schnell, Op. 133

JOHANN STRAUSS II

Bei uns z’ Haus – Walzer, Op. 361

JOSEF STRAUSS

Sphärenklänge, Op. 235

JOHANN STRAUSS II

Annen-Polka, Op. 137

JOSEF STRAUSS

Plappermäulchen – Polka schnell, Op. 245

JOHANN STRAUSS I

Radetzky-Marsch, Op. 228