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5.0 out of 5 stars This will give you a happy New Year every time you play it., 26 Aug 2002
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: New Year's Concert from Vienna (Audio CD)
Generally regarded as pre-eminent in a long series of recordings of the annual New Year Concert from Vienna is this CD providing seventy minutes of highlights from the 1987 concert where the conductor was Herbert von Karajan and the soprano soloist was Kathleen Battle. The latter, with the courage of a tightrope walker without a safety net, succeeds easily with the daunting eight-minute test Johann Strauss Jnr provided in his vocal waltz "Fruhlingsstimmen". The waltz is performed uncut, and conductor and singer vary dynamics and tempi in perfect accord throughout. Karajan reveals some of the darker hues and frenetic jollity in the Josef Strauss items, he underlines some of the sweetness and exuberant energy in the Johann Strauss Jnr items, and if the audience's participation in the father's "Radetzky March" is not as disciplined as we sometimes hear each new year, it still provides a rousing finale.
It may be hard to find and highly priced in 2002, but this is one CD you will never regret adding to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best vienna new year concert ever, 5 Mar 2011
This review is from: New Year's Concert from Vienna (Audio CD)
Having listening to more vienna new year concerts, I loved Karajan and Kleiber's ones more.
C. Kleiber captured the lightness spirit of those polka and waltz but also gave them unequivelant music momentum, amazing.
But what Karajan did is even more amazing. He was old, tired, and ill, but when he conducted, the music was incredibly shining, warm, and most importantly spontaneous. If you have watched DVD, you will find that actually both conductor and orchestra seem enjoy the moment. That can be heard from the CD. The music is very relax, but strangely can't be more perfect in details. Wiener Philharmoniker gave a golden color sound here; I don't know why Kleiber's orchestra sounds a bit 'cold'.
This is probably the best performed Strauss recording, and probably the one with most music-enjoying atmosphere. The live-recording feeling is a big plus. The only problem here is: two pieces of music (Gypsy Baron overture and Kaiser Waltz) are not included in the CD. People should find them in the DVD.
New Year's Concert Vienna 1987 [DVD] [US Import]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb New Year's concert from Vienna, 3 Mar 2010
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Judith H. Marie "a music lover" (Paris, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: New Year's Concert from Vienna (Audio CD)
This CD is the traditional concert that we like so well, i.e. all of the pieces are by Johann and Josef Strauss, recorded in Vienna in 1987. In recent years other pieces have been substituted for some of these old favorites, probably for variety's sake, but we love the familiar polkas and the "Blue Danube" walze.

The recording is excellent. The orchestra is directed by one of the best: Herbert Von Karajan. (I just wish he had some women musicians in his orchestra.)

A lovely way to spend New Year's Day.

Sincerely,
Judith Marie in Paris, France
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique event, 24 Feb 2010
This review is from: New Year's Concert from Vienna (Audio CD)
This is certainly a special recording simply because it captures Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic live in repertoire that they were both steeped in. The orchestra plays magnificently throughout of course and the recording is weighty and atmospheric. It is certainly one of the best of the New Year concerts released on CD and a souvenir of a great occasion. And yet to my ears a lot of these pieces are played significantly slower and more weightily than befits them. Recently I have been listening to Carlos Kleiber's slightly more recent New Years concerts (1989 and 1992); both seem to me to be more stylistically in tune with the music and have a real glitter and swagger about them. Having said that those recordings are less good than the DG one here so maybe there is no perfect solution but I feel we maybe learning more about the music listening to Kleiber than Karajan.
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