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5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant and uplifting start to 2005, 17 Feb. 2005
Mr. R. B. Ager "Ronald Ager" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: New Year's Concert 2005 (Audio CD)
For this, the 64th annual New Year's Day Concert, the Vienna Philharmonic invited their old friend and one-time principal conductor, Lorin Maazel, back to direct them, the tenth time he has had the honour.
These concerts rarely disappoint and this one was no exception. Filled with the usual quota of the well-known and the slightly less well-known of the Strauss family repertoire, it was especially vibrant and uplifting, designed to make an optimistic start to the new year, specifically in the face of the natural world tragedy at the end of the old one - reference to which was made in the speeches and in the dropping of the traditional closing "Radetzky March".
The orchestra usually plays one or two pieces by contemporaries of Strauss - this time, and worthy of note, it was Franz von Suppe's overture to "Beautiful Galatea", a very dynamic piece, with a slow, romantic beginning after the intro and a fast and brilliant ending, which gets CD2 off to a cracking start.
These concerts have been recorded nearly every year since 1978, and the Austrian sound engineers have everything down to a fine art - no matter who conducts or which label releases the subsequent album, the excellent playing and sound quality of the orchestra combined with the rich ambience of the venue and the stately atmosphere of the occasion always shine through. Anyone familiar with these live recordings will not be disappointed with this latest one, and for anyone otherwise looking for the work of Johann Strauss etc this is an excellent place to start - the live atmosphere suits the music much better than the sterile one of a recording studio.
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