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Walzer Revolution [CD]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt Audio CD
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On Friday 2 October 2009 Nikolaus Harnoncourt was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Gramophone awards ceremony in London.

Celebrating his 80th birthday in 2009, Nikolaus Harnoncourt was born in Berlin, grew up in Graz (Austria) and studied the cello in Vienna, where from 1952 to 1969 he was a cellist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In 1972 he became Professor for ... Read more in Amazon's Nikolaus Harnoncourt Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Kontretanz, KV 603 No. 1
2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Kontretanz, KV 609 No. 1
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Kontretanz, KV 609 No. 4
4. Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571: Deutscher Tanz Nr. 1 in D
5. Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571: Deutscher Tanz Nr. 2 in A
6. Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571: Deutscher Tanz Nr. 3 in C
7. Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571: Deutscher Tanz Nr. 4 in G
8. Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571: Deutscher Tanz Nr. 5 in B - flat
9. Sechs Deutsche Tänze, KV 571: Deutscher Tanz Nr. 6 in D
10. Johann Strauss Father (1804 - 1849): Radetzky
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Disc: 2
1. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Pas de neuf nach Saverio Mercadante, WoO
2. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Sehnsuchts
3. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Hans Jörgel
4. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Malapou
5. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Hexentanzwalzer, Op. 203
6. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Marsch (from the ballet Corso Donati)
7. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Cerrito
8. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Jagd
9. Joseph Lanner (1801 - 1843): Die Schönbrunner, Walzer, Op. 200

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An album of lively waltzes and other dance music, consummately performed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien, with rarely-heard dance pieces by Mozart, Lanner, and Johann Strauss I.
On his new album, Walzer Revolution, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus Wien turn their attention to a selection of dances by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Josef Lanner and Johann Strauss the Elder himself, in order to give it a new interpretation in the spirit intended by the composers. Harnoncourt, who more than any other conductor of our time represents a revolution in the way works are performed and in the reception of music, traces the line from the dances of Mozart to 19th-century dances that were profoundly characteristic of the society of that time. Thanks to his typical practice of performing the works in a historical manner, he succeeds in making this dance music an authentic listening experience that is constantly denied to us by the usual modern orchestration. The purpose of the resulting album is not only to convey the true joy of listening but also to narrate music history.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I will say at the outset that I find this disc to be an absolute delight, and it should hold no terrors for those who are not sympathetic to HIP practice. By the same token, it will not necessarily appeal to those who expect their Strauss to sound like the Decca Boskovsky recordings, where the sound is so glamourised that one is unsure whether it is the Vienna Philharmonic or Mantovani playing.
Although it can be claimed that Harnoncourt's founding of the Concentus Musicus Wien in 1953 was largely responsible for (guilty of?) the explosion of so-called authentic instrument bands, and the ever increasingly eccentric performances that emanated from them, Harnoncourt has never been the HIP Fascist that so many who came after developed into, and he has recorded Mozart and Beethoven with a modern orchestra and in later years has given us many fine recordings of the later Romantic repertoire using conventional forces.
His two New Year's Day Concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra were for me the greatest of all alongside the 1987 Karajan.
With Harnoncourt it is genuinely a desire to illustrate the nature of the music as it originally sounded, using the best Ur-texts that research can discover, and thus provide us with possibly a different insight into the music-but never at the expense of the beauty and drama, and so it is on this recording.
There is a lengthy and scholarly essay about the research that has been done, and the instrumentation used-10 different types of trumpet for example-and most importantly emphasises that there should be no snobbish disdain for so-called "light music".
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walter Revolution 5 Sep 2012
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Excellent value for money (two CDs).Strauss and Lanner as their contemporaries would have heard them in the early 1800s.Disc 1 starts with some Mozart, "setting the scene".
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars life's a waltz 2 Jun 2012
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt presents us with a whole range of waltzes, not just the favourite Strauss ones, all beautifully played, but Johan Strauss II was definitely the waltz king.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waltzing Along. 3 Sep 2012
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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An Austrian through and through, Nikolaus Harnoncourt traces the Waltz from its Mozart beginnings to Johann Strauss and Joseph Lanner.
Played on original instruments, bigger by far than many of the present day ensembles, these CD's are absolutely delightful, vibrant and so fresh that one plays them again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good historical overview of the origins of the waltz 3 Mar 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
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like most musical forms, the waltz did not spring forth in full bloom as it exists in these times. Instead, the waltz has it roots in the formative musical models devised by people like W.A. Mozart, Johann Strauss Senior, and Joseph Lanner, the composers represented in this period-instruments set. The sound Sony obtained for Harnoncourt and his players is excellent, too, making a good thing better.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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