BRAHMS: 16 Waltzes; 21 Hungarian Dances – Helene Mercier and Cyprien Katsaris, piano – Warner Classics
Cyprien Katsaris and Helene Mercier brings dash and abandon to the Brahms dance forms, played with a brio hard to match.
STRAUSS family: Ov. to “Die Zigeunerbaron”, Polkas and Waltzes – Wiener Symphoniker /Manfred Honeck – 48/24 download
Manfred Honeck’s new selection deserves serious consideration with its winning combination of careful preparation and sparkling spontaneity.
Daniel Barenboim New Year’s Concert 2014 = Music by the STRAUSS family; also HELLMESBERGER: Viellebchen Polka; R. STRAUSS: Mondscheinmusik aus Capriccio; LANNER: Die Romantiker Walzer; DELIBES: Pizzicati from Sylvia – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Daniel Barenboim – Sony Classical (2 CDs)
The high spirits and the excellent ensemble sparkle at the 2014 New Year’s Concert, which has everything but the actual champagne.
BRAHMS: Seven Fantasias; Six Klavierstuecke; Four Klavierstuecke; Sixteen Waltzes – Elizabeth Rich, p. – Connoisseur Society
The Elizabeth traversal of Brahms piano works from 2006 re-emerges, still in gorgeously sympathetic colors and intelligent poetry.
Sumptuous videography and excellent lossless 5.1 surround make this New Year’s musical experience a winner.
Stephen Hough revisits Chopin’s old wine and pours it into elegantly supple and refreshed bottles.
The joy and natural fervor of Rubinstein’s “middle period” Chopin waltzes and impromptus should bring refreshment to newcomers to his classic style
Christian Westergaard explores the dance and film-score legacy of Jacob Gade, whose Tango Jalousie has long rendered him a singular success.
The Chopin Waltzes–here conceived as an ongoing cycle–and rendered much as the composer intended, virtually for the first time, by the conscientious Mordecai Shehori.
A wild and crazy Viennese bass player will entertain you.
Tales of Old Vienna by way of Johann Strauss and his fervent acolyte Ferenc Fricsay.