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Strauss Family: Polkas and Waltzes


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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Johann II Strauss, Josef Strauss
  • Audio CD (22 Jan. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Masters
  • ASIN: B000025WMK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus - OvertureBerliner Philharmoniker 8:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J. Strauss II: Kaiserwalzer, Op.437Berliner Philharmoniker10:55£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J. Strauss II: Perpetuum mobile, Op.257Berliner Philharmoniker 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J. Strauss II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op.325Berliner Philharmoniker13:11£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J. Strauss II: Unter Donner und Blitz, Polka, Op.324Berliner Philharmoniker 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J. Strauss II: Rosen aus dem Süden, Op.388Berliner Philharmoniker10:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J. Strauss I: Radetzky-Marsch, Op.228Berliner Philharmoniker 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J. Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau, Op.314Berliner Philharmoniker11:45£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J. Strauss II: Leichtes Blut, Polka schnell, Op.319Berliner Philharmoniker 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Josef Strauss: Delirien Waltz, Op.212Berliner Philharmoniker 9:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J. Strauss II: Auf der Jagd, Op.373Berliner Philharmoniker 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD to see how the master handled lighter classics, this a beautiful recording, the orchestra seemed to be enjoying themselves and this shows, consider this, the recording dates from the very birth of digital recording (1981)and
CD era but it sounds really fresh. I'm not one of those who would go to great lengths to study each little bit of the music to find fault, I know what I like and I like this.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F Fraser on 21 Jan. 2013
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Certainly no complaints about the quality of the production but - just call me peasant! This is probably a lovely CD for the discerning musico, however, for a lowbrow like me, I'd have preferred less polka and more dah dah dah dum dum dum.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Ward on 21 Jan. 2010
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I read someone elses review of Andre Rieu who went off into highbrow and pretentious drivel about "dumbing down "of classical music, well if this is dumbing down please GIVE ME MORE!. T will say now I am NOT a classic music buff nor do I have any pretetions to being one, in fact my music is 50's & 60's R&R, but I like what I like also, when I saw this orchestra on the Royal show it just carried me away , the music was so beautiful, I had to get some for myself! So I bought this CD/DVD, If Mr Rieu's style of musical interpretation offends any one, are they saying only the classical elite should enjoy it!
I can do no more than thoroughly recommend these joys to everyone, probably ,like me, you won't like every track but
it does not matter I played them and then wondered where the time had gone. SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Oh Boy! 20 Aug. 2008
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These recordings come from the early 1980's, when Karajan was still at one of the peaks of his career. The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic on this album simply is phenomenal. The phrasing, the sonority, the elasticity--all of this is at an unmatched level. In fact, you may wonder if Johann Strauss really requires all this intensity. There are many beautiful moments. The Die Fledermaus Overture was a Karajan specialty, and here it has wonderful rhythmic snap and sparkle. The zither soloist in Tales from the Vienna Woods is the best I've ever heard, and the performance as a whole rivals Stokowski's with the National Philhamonic. The Blue Danube features more repeats than usual, and Karajan almost loves it to death. Ormandy's Columbia recording may not be surpassed, but Karajan's is in the same league. Josef Strauss's Delirien Waltz receives a treatment fully in tune with its strangeness, an interesting sidebar to the rest of the program. The sound engineering is unusually good digital for this period. I collect Johann Strauss anthologies, and while I admire specialists like John Georgiadis and Willi Boskovsky, Karajan's CD definitely has a special place in my affections.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More wonderful Johann Strauss performances from Karajan 4 Feb. 2010
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a "Best of Johann Strauss" disc you can hardly do better than this one. I can furthermore hardly imagine anyone listening to these gorgeous accounts will fail to be convinced that at least some of these works, although light, are anything less than masterpieces. Karajan was associated with the Wiener Strausses just as much as with Richard Strauss throughout his career (he made his first Johann Strauss recordings in 1940-41), and part of the virtue of his approach is exactly that he treats this music with no less respect and seriousness than more ambitious symphonic music.

The performances at hand are early digital ones from 1981. There is nothing vulgar or banal about these interpretations, just wonderfully shaped and paced (with just the merest hint of rubato) interpretations, superbly played and sporting some truly gorgeous textures and almost dreamlike, spirited shaping of the melodies. Perhaps there is more warmth and dignity here than boisterousness, but listen for instance to the Perpetuum Mobile, which in Karajan's hands sounds genuinely full of humor. Apart from that one, these waltzes, marches and polkas are more small tone poems than anything else, and do in my view benefit from Karajan handling them as such. Other highlights include a dramatic Fledermaus overture and an evocative rendition of Josef Strauss's Delirien-Walzer (on the other hand, Donau sounds a little torpid and over-sentimental in this version).

Polished, beautiful and spirited playing, then, and the sound is warm and clear. Even if you aren't usually among those who really warm to the charm and elegance of this music, I still recommend that you consider this disc.
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Vienna conquers Berlin 27 Jun. 2012
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rumour has it that Father Melchizedek OP, the High Priest of Period Practice, indulges in any number of vices - some of them inflatable - and a search of his pope-mobile would reveal copious amount of contraband and quite possibly this disc under review. Who can go through life and not love such music, even illicitly? Like all great dance-music, it glorifies in transience. One of my favourite waltzes is Roses from the South. What a benediction it is! And at the commencement of the Blue Danube, who among us does not hold their breath in expectancy? It delivers every time. All the favourites are here with one exception; add Sphärenklänge and it would be a full house.

Herbie and the Berliners extensively recorded the Strauss family at the very start of the `80s. DG issued the output as three short-measure CDs. Treble was in the ascendant. Here, they have somewhat rectified their cupidity by adding more music and remastering the collection per se. It sounds sensational.

The Viennese lilt is regnant in this domain. It's easier to hear it than express in mere words. Is it transportable north to the Teutonic capital of Wilhelm II and the Paperhanger? It would seem that the answer is yes. Herbie is in fine form. The Berlin Philharmonic play with delicacy, expressiveness and an acute sense of fun. Rhythms are bouncy. When called upon, they imbue a work such as the Emperor Waltz with a symphonic grandeur and befittingly so. One misses the clapping in the Radetzy March but that's the only whiff of the studio.

This disc may not displace the famous New Year's Eve concert from 1987 - which has to be seen and heard and not just the latter - but it runs it damned close (Herbert von Karajan: New Years Concert 1987. A traversal from April 1969, so long ago, also warrants attention (Johann & Josef Strauss: Walzer; Polkas; Märsche.
Waltzes & Polkas 19 Dec. 2013
By Colonel Sluggo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great CD by a great orchestra & conductor. A good tribute to the composer of great music of a past era.
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