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Johann Strauss (1825-99)

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Strauss, J, II: Die Fledermaus

Strauss, J, II: Die Fledermaus

Director: Stephen Lawless


Pär Lindskog (Alfred), Lyubov Petrova (Adele), Pamela Armstrong (Rosalinde), Thomas Allen (Eisenstein), Ragnar Ulfung (Blind), Håkan Hagegård (Falke), Artur Korn (Frank), Malena Ernman (Orlofsky), Udo Samel (Frosch), Renée Schüttengruber (Ida)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

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PLUS:

- Cast interviews with Thomas Allen, Pamela Armstrong, Håkan Hagegård, director Stephen Lawless and conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

- A feature on the building and architecture of Glyndebourne’s new opera house.

- BBC feature on the Waltz.

- Costume design and cast galleries.

PICTURE FORMAT: 1080i

LENGTH: 198 Mins

SOUND: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM AUDIO

SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/NL/ES

“Vladimir Jurowski gives the bottle a good shake before popping his first cork with the overture. The London Philharmonic are on their toes… The pace is racy, the articulation brilliant, the Viennesisms deftly in place, the waltz fruity and uplifting. It's a cracking start.” The Independent

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Strauss, J, II: Simplicius

Strauss, J, II: Simplicius

Sung in German


Michael Volle (The hermit), Martin Zysset (Simplicius), Elizabeth Magnuson (Hildegarde) & Piotr Beczala (Arnim von Grübben)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House, Franz Welser-Möst

Live from the Zurich Opera House, 2000.

The recording of Johann Strauss’ Simplicius works are rare occurrences. So Arthaus Musik is delighted to present this superb version from the Zurich Opera House conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. The British director David Pountney lets the entertaining tale unfold accompanied by the many spectacular effects for which he has become internationally famous.

Monumental props are embellished with skilled, clean-cut directing work, seasoned with a healthy portion of black humour. In the final scene, the audience sees a dramatic gallows, dangling from which are numerous corpses, all turning in time to the music of a waltz.

Strauss himself loved this work. It was the last of his stage works for which he conducted the premiere performance. He described it as “generally speaking a much more cheerful work than Der Zigeunerbaron”.

Strauss’s felicitous orchestration, langurous melodies and endless inventiveness ensure over two hours of pleasure for all who invest in this unique piece of theatre.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), FR, GB, DE, ES

Running Time: 132 mins

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2017 New Year's Concert

2017 New Year's Concert


Lehár:

Wiener Frauen: Nechledil Marsch

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Mondchor ('O süßer Mond')

Wiener Sängerknaben

Strauss, E:

Mit Vergnügen! (With Pleasure), Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, II:

Es gibt nur a Kaiserstadt, 's gibt nur a Wien, Polka, Op. 291

Mephisto's Hollenrufe, Waltz, Op. 101

So ängstlich sind wir nicht! - Polka, Op. 413

Pepita-Polka, Op. 138

Rotunde-Quadrille, Op. 360

Die Extravaganten, Op. 205

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346: Walzer nach Motiven der Operette

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

encore

Strauss, Josef:

Winterlust, Op. 121

Die Nasswalderin, polka Op. 267

Suppe:

Pique Dame Overture

Waldteufel:

Les Patineurs - Valse, Op. 183

Ziehrer:

Hereinspaziert


As a brand name, the Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. In other words, the concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.

The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concerts reads like a veritable Who’s Who of great maestros: including Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Franz Welser-Möst.

It is not least thanks to this illustrious succession of great conductors that the Vienna New Year’s Concert remains unique, ushering in the New Year in a way that has often been imitated but never equaled. Its universal popularity is undoubtedly due to the direct – or deferred – live broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The first broadcast went out on Eurovision in 1959, the first colour relay in 1967. Now the concert is shown in countries throughout almost the entire world.

It continues to be works by members of the Strauss family – Johann Strauss Father and Son as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss – that are central to this media event. Old favourites from their output are heard alongside others that have never been recorded or are only rarely heard; all of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert: the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.

Gustavo Dudamel's skillful conducting and dedication to music drew international attention while he was just in his twenties and continues to attract diverse audiences throughout the world.

Dudamel began violin lessons at the age of 10 in Venezuela's El Sistema music programme and then began studying conducting in 1995 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In 1999 he was named music director of the programe's Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, studying with El Sistema's founder, José Antonio Abreu. Just five years later, Dudamel won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition, and became a highly sought-after orchestral and opera conductor, working with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season.

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A Recital With Renée Fleming

A Recital With Renée Fleming

Vienna At The Turn Of The 20th Century


 

I'm in love with Vienna

J Strauss II/Tiomkin

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Korngold:

Sterbelied

Das Heldengrab am Pruth, Op. 9 No. 5

Was du mir bist? (from Drei Lieder, Op. 22)

Das eilende Bachlein, Op. 27 No. 2

Frag mich oft from Walzer aus Wien

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Schoenberg:

Erwartung, Op. 17

Jane Grey, Op. 12 No. 1

Strauss, R:

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Zemlinsky:

5 Lieder from a poem by Richard Dehmel for baritone & piano


Renée Fleming (soprano) & Maciej Pikulski (piano)

Live from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna, 2012

Video Director Brian Large

This concert is Renée Fleming’s very personal homage to “Fin de Siècle” Vienna. At the turn of the last century, the capital of the Austrian Empire was also one of the cultural centers for the fi ne arts and, in particular, for music. The city of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, a “melting pot” of cultures and musical traditions, attracted gifted musicians and composers alike and provided the perfect soil for much of the greatest music of that time. With this selection of works by Hugo Wolf (1860 -1903) and Gustav Mahler (1860 -1911), combined with more progressive songs by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942), Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 - 1957), Renée Fleming presents to us the full variety of this unique epoch. The venue of her recital with Maciej Pikulski at the piano is, of course, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR

Running Time: 88 mins

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“Fleming builds up a great sense of pathos in 'Um Mitternacht' and delivers a deeply affecting account of 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen' supported by some wonderfully sensitive phrasing from Pikulski...But perhaps the composer with whom Fleming most closely identifies is Korngold...nostaglic songs which are beautifully projected by singer and pianist.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“There's not a hair out of place in this meticulously planned recital, which shows just why this artist is still so compelling a singer, and on prime form...No disrespect to the singer is implied when I say that the piano sound is to die for. This must be one of the best Steinways ever, and it's superbly recorded...Not just Renee Fleming's many fans will be delighted.” International Record Review, December 2014

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Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala

Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala

Recorded at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, December 31, 1990


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Bishop, H R:

Home, Sweet Home

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Donizetti:

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! … Spargi d'amaro pianto (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Rossini:

Serbami ognor (from Semiramide)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (soprano)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Marilyn Horne (soprano)

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Judith Howarth (Adele), Nancy Gustafson (Rosalinde), Jochen Kowalski (Prince Orlofsky), Bonaventura Bottone (Alfredo), Louis Oley (Gabriel von Eisenstein), John Dobson (Dr Blind), Anthony Michaels-More (Dr Falke), Eric Garrett (Colonel Frank)

Verdi:

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

D'amor sull'ali rosee (from Il Trovatore)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)


This special performance of Die Fledermaus was Dame Joan Sutherland’s farewell gala from the Royal Opera House after singing on the London stage for almost 40 years. In this gala, she sings in Act II with her two special colleagues and friends Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne. The celebrated dramatic soprano Joan Sutherland was born and grew up in Australia. She joined the Covent Garden Company in 1952 singing the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberfl öte. Amongst her numerous honours she was named Dame of the British Empire in 1979 and joined the Order of Merit in 1991. Even after her retirement from the opera stage she was frequently seen at major vocal competitions as adjudicator along with her colleague and friend Marilyn Horne. She died in 2010 in Switzerland, aged 83.

Special Feature:

Dame Joan Sutherland singing at the Australian Opera under the direction of her

husband Richard Bonynge: “D’amor sull’ali rosee“ from Verdi’s Il trovatore“

The Mad Scene” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor| “ Casta Diva“ from Bellini’s Norma

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Audio Language: GB

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: FR, DE, JP

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Running Time: 223 mins

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Dinara Alieva in Moscow

Dinara Alieva in Moscow


 

Potpourri of Russian Songs - Homage to Deanna Durbin from the film His Butler's Sister

Arlen:

Over the Rainbow

Bernstein:

West Side Story: Mambo

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Falla:

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Giordano, U:

Fedora: Intermezzo, Act 2

Kalman:

Tanzen Möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Lehár:

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Loewe, F:

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

Luna, P:

El niño judio: Zarzuela

El Niño Judío: De España vengo

Massenet:

Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (from Manon)

Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon)

Offenbach:

Orphée aux Enfers Overture

Puccini:

Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Torroba:

La Marchenera: La Petenera


Dinara Alieva (soprano)

Masters of Choral Singing & Russian National Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian

Rising superstar soprano Dinara Alieva – a mainstay at the Bolshoi Opera since 2010 – has been entrancing opera and concert audiences throughout Europe and elsewhere ever since, appearing to consistent acclaim in major roles at many of the world’s top houses.

This exciting and consistently delightful live concert video – following her highly successful prior CD release on Delos, 'Pace mio Dio' (DE3462) – showcases not only her voluptuous voice, interpretive power and stylistic versatility, but also (thanks to the visual element) her stunning glamour and charismatic stage presence.

The varied and highly appealing program encompasses operatic favourites from such composers as Charpentier, Massenet and Cilea – as well as lighter fare from the Spanish Zarzuela and the Viennese operetta traditions, plus several beloved popular standards.

Woven through the vocal program is a series of scintillating orchestral bonbons courtesy of conductor Constantine Orbelian (per Opera News, “…the singer’s dream collaborator) leading the superb Russian National Orchestra and the vaunted Grand Choir, Masters of Choral Singing.

Also includes a Potpourri of Russian songs: 'Homage to Deanna Durbin', from the film 'The Butler’s Sister'.

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In Rehearsal & Performance

In Rehearsal & Performance

Standard Definition Video on Blu-ray Disc


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Vaclav Neumann

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Carlo Maria Giulini

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Erich Leinsdorf

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Vaclav Neumann

Má Vlast: Vltava

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Ferenc Fricsay

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus Overture

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Carlos Kleiber

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Sergiu Celibidache

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Georg Solti

Parsifal (excerpts)

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Erich Leinsdorf

Weber:

Der Freischütz Overture

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Carlos Kleiber


Experience the greatest conductors of the past century in this extensive collection of carefully selected rehearsals and performances - more than 13 hours of standard DVD quality with non-compromised audio on one Blu-ray Disc.

Learn how these musical leaders work their visions into an extraordinary performance and see them up close in an intimate rehearsal with the orchestra.

Recorded between 1960 and 1997.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 4:3 - NTSC

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, PCM Mono

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles (in parts): English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Running time: 799 mins (13h 32min) German

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Johann Strauss Gala

Johann Strauss Gala

An Evening of Polka, Waltz and Operetta


includes

Strauss, J, I:

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Stadt Und Land, Op.322: Polka Mazurka

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

Die Fledermaus Overture

Wer uns getraut? (from Der Zigeunerbaron)

Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324

Eine Nacht in Venedig: Komm in die Gondel

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314


Live Concert from the Heldenplatz Vienna, 1999

Few artist families dominated the light music scene of the 19th century in the same way as the Strauss dynasty. And even 150 years after the death of the “Waltz King“ Johann Strauss senior and over 100 years after the passing of his son Johann Strauss junior, their dance compositions still pack concert halls around the world with throngs of eager spectators. In 1999, the Strauss anniversary year, the Vienna Philharmonic came up with a very special approach to honouring the musical father and son: An Open Air Concert in the heart of Vienna featuring works by Johann Strauss senior who, together with his son, cemented the reputation of this beautiful city on the Danube as the world capital of waltz. An audience of almost 8000 people was treated to the captivating sounds of their immortal melodies in the imposing atmosphere of the Heldenplatz (Heroes‘ Square) in the Austrian capital. Spanish tenor José Carreras and the Hungarian soprano Andrea Rost, longtime favourites with Vienna opera fans, were both invited to sing arias and duets at the Johann Strauss Gala under the baton of maestro Zubin Mehta. Inspired by the enthusiasm of the crowd, Mehta was moved to play the “Radetzky March“ as an encore – the traditional closing piece at every Strauss concert.

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Menu Language: GB

Running Time: 90 mins

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New Year's Concert 2012: Vienna Philharmonic

New Year's Concert 2012: Vienna Philharmonic


Hellmesberger:

Danse Diabolique

Lumbye:

Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop

Strauss, E:

Carmen-Quadrille, Op. 134

Strauss, J, I:

Sperl-Galopp, Op. 42

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Rathausball-Tänze (City Hall Ball Dances), Waltz, op. 438

Entweder – oder! (Either - Or!), Fast Polka, Op. 403

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

Albion Polka, Op. 102

Freut euch des Lebens Waltz, Op. 340

Pizzicato Polka

Persischer Marsch, Op. 289

Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Vaterländischer Marsch (Fatherland March)

Jockey Polka, Op. 278

Künstlergruß Polka-mazurka, Op. 274

Feuerfest (Fireproof), Op. 269

Brennende Liebe - Polka mazur, Op. 129

Delirien Waltz, Op. 212

Tchaikovsky:

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Ziehrer:

Walzer, Op. 419


DVD and Blu-Ray will include a live version of the New Year’s Concert as well as bonus footage: A special tour through Vienna, guided by members of the Vienna Philharmonic plus 3 ballet bonus tracks.

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world’s most famous classical music events: the 2012 New Year’s Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons returns to direct the 2012 celebrations after his acclaimed debut in 2006. The live recording encompasses releases on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

The annual New Year's Day Concert in the stunning Vienna Musikverein has been an exalted tradition for more than seven decades, and the resulting recordings with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the classical market's most important releases. The concert will be broadcast on TV and radio to over 70 countries around the world with an estimate of more than 40 million viewers.

The programme traditionally revolves around waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family (Johann father and son as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss) whose music has enjoyed a recent resurgence due to the success of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. In 2012 the programme is once again a skilful blend of well-known classics and six New Year’s Concert premieres. As always the concert is bound to end with two traditional encores – the famous waltz The Blue Danube and the Radetzky March.

“It is something quite special: a wonderful opportunity to listen to this music and get to know it. This atmosphere, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein – all that adds up to a long and wonderful tradition resulting in fantastic, very specific music.” Mariss Jansons

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“There's nothing here that disappoints, and the stylishness of the performances can be taken for granted, if not by the musicians themselves...the recording is excellent in capturing a happy occasion.” International Record Review, May 2012

“Jansons brings his characteristic poise and elegance to bear on the ‘Strauss Family and Friends’ programme to scintillating effect...The programme is imaginatively planned, with fast-and-furious polkas acting as a palette-cleanser between the lush waltzes.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 16th January 2012

Presto Disc of the Week

16th January 2012

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New Year's Concert 2014

New Year's Concert 2014


Delibes:

Sylvia - Pizzicato

Hellmesberger:

Vielliebchen, Polka française, op. 1

Lanner:

Die Romantiker, Op. 167

Strauss, E:

Helen Quadrille, Op. 14

Strauss, J, I:

Carolinen-Galopp, Op. 21a

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335

Seid umschlungen, Millionen, Waltz, Op. 443

Stürmisch in Lieb' und Tanz, Op. 393

Waldmeister: overture

Klipp-Klapp, Galopp, Op. 466

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Friedenspalmen, Walzer, Op. 207

Bouquet-Polka (schnell), Op. 188

Neckerei, Polka Mazur, Op. 262

Dynamiden - Waltz Op. 173

Ohne Sorgen! - polka schnell, Op. 271

Schabernack-Polka (schnell), Op. 98

Carriere, Op. 200

Strauss, R:

Capriccio: Intermezzo (Moonlight Music)


The New Year’s Concert live from Vienna is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular classical music events & has been for over 70 years. Broadcasted on TV and radio in almost 80 countries around the world, attracting more than 40 million viewers. These recordings, with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the classical market's most important releases. In 2014 The Vienna Philharmonic has invited Daniel Barenboim to conduct the New Year's Concert, revolving around waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family (Johann father and son, as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss), and includes works by other composers of that era. The Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. The concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The themes of reconciliation, empathy and peace are subtly in evidence throughout the first part of the programme...Despite his associations with more heavyweight Austrian composers, Barenboim never overplays his hand and has the idiom absolutely off-pat...he shapes and paces things quite beautifully, revealing all sorts of detail and preventing things from ever becoming too bombastic or four-square.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 3rd February 2014

“Recent New Year’s Day concerts have been flat affairs, but the champagne spirit flows freely in Daniel Barenboim’s second stint on the podium...The plums (encores apart) are a seductive Tales from the Vienna Woods (Johann II) and a gorgeous Moonlight Interlude from Capriccio” Sunday Times, 16th February 2014

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