Strauss, Johann: Composer Series

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JOHANN STRAUSS II
Strauss, Johann: Composer Series
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

[ Teldec / Warner Classics / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Monday 17 August 2009

Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Eighty - Harnoncourt & J. Strauss

Once dubbed the high priest of "authenticity", dread word, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cellist, early music specialist, author and conductor has long been both plausible and consistent in his denial of the accusation. "I would never use the word authenticity for my work", he says. "It can only be authentic 'me', not authentic Bach, Biber, Handel or Telemann. Old instruments produce the best sound for this repertory but they do not necessarily produce the sound of the period."

Nowadays, even the "early music" label can no longer be applied with undue emphasis to Harnoncourt, for he has become, over the past twenty-five years or so, as identifiable an interpreter of Classical, Romantic and twentieth-century music as he has remained in the Baroque sphere on which his reputation was established. Indeed, since his set of Beethoven symphonies for Teldec was named Record of the Year in the 1992 Gramophone Awards, Harnoncourt has performed and recorded all the Schubert symphonies (Teldec), as well as symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák and Bruckner, and a wide range of vocal and choral music from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

"For me the emotional responses in music are the most important. Authenticity and performing practice are always in danger of becoming dogmatic. Besides musical value, an opera must have a message as a wok of art which is not bound just to its own time. The drama must be so timeless in its depiction of human psychology that you can forget it is three hundred years old, or whatever. Monteverdi is such a composer, Handel another." Happy birthday, maestro, and many happy returns of the day!

Tracks:

Die Fledermaus (excerpts)
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald: Walzer, op.325
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Pizzicato-Polka
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Unter Donner und Blitz: Polka schnell, op.324
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

An der schönen, blauen DonauWalzer, op.314
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Kreuzfidel: Polka française, op.301
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Leichtes Blut: Polka schnell, op.319
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Egyptischer Marsch, op.335
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Wiener Bonbons Walzer, op.307
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Lob der Frauen Polka-Mazur, op.315
Orchestra Berliner Philharmoniker

Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, op.214
Orchestra Berliner Philharmoniker

Der Zigeunerbaron (excerpts)
Orchestra Wiener Symphoniker

MorgenblätterWalzer, op.279
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Elektro-magnetische Polka, op.110
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Electrofor-Polka Polka schnell, op.297
Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Eine Nacht in Venedig: overtureComposer Johann Strauss II
Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Tauben von San Marco: Polka française, op.414
Orchestra Berliner Philharmoniker

Vergnügungszug Polka schnell, op.281
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Seid umschlungen, Millionen: Walzer, op.443
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Der Kobold: Polka-Mazur, op.226
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Luzifer-Polka, op.266
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker

Radetzky-Marsch, op.228 (Johann Strauss I 1804-1849, original version)
Orchestra Wiener Philharmoniker