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1992 New Year's Concert
Otto Nicolai, Johann II [Junior] Strauss, Josef Strauss
1992 New Year's Concert
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
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All Artists: Otto Nicolai, Johann II [Junior] Strauss, Josef Strauss, Johann I [Senior] Strauss, Carlos Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: 1992 New Year's Concert
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1992
Re-Release Date: 4/21/1992
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Marches, Opera & Classical Vocal, Ballets & Dances, Polkas, Waltzes, Forms & Genres, Theatrical, Incidental & Program Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644837629

CD Reviews

The Finest J. Strauss Recording - Ever?
Henry Mautner | Ludlow, KY, USA | 12/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As I write (1999), this 1992 performance has become the stuff of legend, and with good reason. Carlos Kleiber, perhaps the premier conductor of his generation, achieved a stupendous feat in grafting his extraordinary musical intelligence to pure, unabashed glee to create what may be the finest single Strauss performance ever. There isn't a single note which doesn't communicate verve, wit, and joy, nor is there a better argument for the case that Johann Strauss, while not a profound composer, was, in his idiom, a GREAT one. (It's interesting to note that the strength of his abilities was perhaps the only thing upon which Wagner and Brahms agreed.)The Vienna Philharmonic has never sounded better, and the occasion - the 1992 New Year's concert - brings the ultimate Strauss audience to the proceedings as a participant. In short, this is a stupendous recording, and it should serve as a cornerstone of any music lover's collection."
The Finest Gypsy Baron Overture
Timothy Mikolay | Pittsburgh, PA | 05/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've heard that when Carlos Kleiber rehearses an orchestra, they get rehearsed thoroughly. Such is the case concerning this timeless recording of Strauss music. The Gypsy Baron Overture is given the best performance I have ever heard, live or on recordings. The opening string passage couldn't have been played any better, even by gypsys themselves. The finesse and clarity that the Vienna musicians play with is remarkable. And if one can unglue themselves enough from listening to the Gypsy Baron more than once, the Thunder and Lightening Polka can easily takes its place. Who else has attempted this polka at such a break-neck speed but has also kept the spirit of the music just as intense? Carlos Kleiber wins here!"
Another stellar performance by Kleiber and the VPO
J. Grgurich | Arlington, VA United States | 06/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Carlos Kleiber once said that he wanted to be "the next great Strauss conductor after Herbert von Karajan." He's achieved it. This is another amazing performance. The energy is his interpretations is palpable. I'm a huge Strauss fan, and a huge von Karajan fan, but this just might be one of those rare cases of the pupil outdoing the master."