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Vienna [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Strauss , Weber Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000E1NWK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), for orchestra, Op. 437 (RV 437)
2. Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), for orchestra (orchestrated by Berlioz)
3. Dorfschwalben Aus Osterreich (Austrian Village Swallows), waltz for orchestra, Op. 164
4. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Waltzes
5. Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood), waltz for orchestra, Op. 354 (RV 354)
6. Schatz-Walzer (Treasure Waltz), for orchestra, Op. 418
7. Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning), polka schnell for orchestra, Op. 324 (RV 324)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! August 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This recording of Viennese music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Fritz Reiner is one of the most successful re-releases with RCA's Living Stereo Hybrid SACD series. The selections composed by either Johann or Josef Strauss were taken from an earlier release in the Fritz Reiner Collection (60177-2-RG) and Weber's "Invitation to the Dance is taken from The Reiner Sound. Also included is Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier Waltz Sequence No. 1. The sound is simply unbelievable! I do not exaggerate when I say that it sounds like it was recorded yesterday; it just blows you away! As always, Fritz Reiner sounds like he was born to conduct this music. He has long been known for his success with the music of Strauss and his personal friendship to Richard Strauss.

This is a recording you cannot miss! Highly reccommendable and well worth your money!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strauss "Lite" September 15, 2008
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Reiner's approach to the Strauss Viennese style is somewhat inconsistent. For example he takes the Emperor Waltzes in "straight" 3/4 time and is thus devoid of the traditional anticipated second beat slightly throwing off the snare drum and mars a tradition that gives the Viennese waltz its uniqueness and charm. He also makes in my judgment a serious error in cutting part of the finale coda...a move which knocks out the necessary tension leading to the grand rise of orchestral forces culminating in the final tympani roll. Other tracks do include some very nice idiosyncratic "lite" touches and are delightful. His use of rubato could be a bit more liberally applied. Reiner's tempos are lively and the orchestra responds with polish. The SACD has a fine sound presence in comparison to the analogue CD version.

Three stars for interpretation. But for authentic Viennese music making try Karajan, Kempe or Boskovsky.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strauss waltzes in classic sound August 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Reiner doing Strauss Waltzes? Always controversial. However, if the foot taps, you get a sudden urge to conduct the music or leap onto the dance floor, then it's probably working. And so it proves here, for the most part.

And then we come to the sound. Tracks 1-6 date from 1957 and the remainder from 1960. Sonically, the earlier session is just plain astonishing, in the top tier of Living Stereo, with all that implies in terms of transparency, musical lucidity, instrumental timbre and hall presence. For some of the tracks, the technology just vanishes and you are just there. You just can't ask for more than that.

The remaining tracks don't quite live up to this exalted standard. The mikes are palpably closer in 1960 and - even pulling back the volume correspondingly, the hall and musical coherence dissipates rather. So, a down-grade from 'magical' to merely 'excellent' - although the bass drum thwacks for the 'Thunder and Lighting Polka' - which closes the SACD, will certainly stir you from slumber.

A no-brainer purchase if the repertoire appeals or you are interested in high-end sound. And at this crazy price?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This disc, very well remastered from recordings made in 1957 and 1959, contains pleasing accounts of this Viennese repertoire and is very well played. The sound has an increased tonal spectrum and depth of aural field. This is a very successful remastering.

Reiner, with his earlier Viennese connections, is well placed to conduct this music with the CSO. The interpretations are essentially very straightforward and Reiner makes only very limited attempt to replicate the VPO's tradition of delaying the 2nd beats of the bar in their distinctive Viennese way. For that listeners really need to buy the VPO discs. These are available with Boskovsky on CD, or even better on DVD and some Blu-rays in the series of New Year's Day concerts with various conductors. It must also be admitted that the delayed 2nd beat of the bar is not always observed even in those VPO concerts in some of the more recent performances. Perhaps this is becoming less of a distinctive feature than in the past, possibly because of the conductors being chosen, or maybe an evolutionary result of changing orchestral membership.

Robert Auld makes an interesting extension to this observation in the comment section under this review for those wishing to read of more specific detail.

However, for those not much bothered by the lack of Viennese rhythm as above, this disc can be recommended as another fine example of Reiner's work with the CSO. I would suggest that it will be attractive to many potential purchasers on both that score and also as a potential upgrade from previous masterings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strauss Legacy March 20, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I'm a professional symphony musician who performed under Reiner's student, Franz Paul Decker. When Decker conducted Strauss Waltzes, it was a revelation. Recently, I heard Reiner's "Morning Papers" from this album. Now I can see where Decker learned his art and craft.. Listen to the risks with time that Reiner takes. Listen to the elegance of the phrasing of the downward fifths in the later two sections. I had the privilege of playing with the Chicago Symphony in the 1980s, with some of the older gentlemen on this recording. They had an awe of Reiner, even 30 years later. I associated that awe with the "serious" works they recorded of Richard Strauss. But listen to the attention to detail and intensity in Johann Strauss. It almost embarrasses and old symphony player who ever just "sat back" and played a "simple" Strauss Waltz.
J Hunter
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