The Never-Ending Waltz
CAT # 80668-25
1. Johann Strauss, Jr. Waltzes 8:51 2. Vienna Waltzes 9:11 3. Operetta Waltzes 7:10 4. Opera Waltzes 10:21 5. Waldteufel Waltzes 3:07 6. Concert Waltzes 7:29 7. Ballet Waltzes 2:41 8. Tchaikovsky Waltzes 7:24
We’ve all heard of “The Minute Waltz,” but those of us who are captivated by music set in three-four time might prefer a waltz that goes on and on. In response to fans like these, Telarc brings you Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops’ The Never-Ending Waltz. Admittedly, the title is a bit misleading. The music on this dream-like recording does end eventually, but not until after almost a full hour of non-stop music. Maestro Kunzel and the Pops have created a completely seamless musical journey of almost sixty minutes of mesmerizing waltz music by cleverly weaving passages together from forty-five of the world’s most beloved waltzes – from Strauss to Brahms to Tchaikovsky. All of the music recorded in this collection is authentic, performed in the original keys and orchestrations. Creatively crafted by Kunzel, with a clever understanding of where to move from one section in one waltz to a section in another, this musical “sleight of hand” will challenge even those most familiar with the waltz repertoire to know exactly where they are at any given moment. Minor changes were needed to assign instruments the original vocal parts from a few famous opera and operetta waltzes, but nothing was rewritten or transcribed to make the magic trick happen. The Never-Ending Waltz includes some of the most world renowned and regal waltzes from Viennese, opera, operetta, ballet, to Waldteufel (famous for “The Skater’s Waltz) without missing a step. The flow is so seamless that your feet will never leave the dance floor. Even a classical music novice will beam with the many recognizable themes throughout the disc. What makes this recording unique is the grouping and flawless transition between the different styles of waltzes. Highlights within the eight groupings include Strauss Jr.’s Waltzes “Tales from the Vienna Woods,” “Emperor’s Waltz,” and “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” and Operetta Waltzes including “Lehár’s “Ballsirene-Waltzer,” and Offenbach’s “Gâité parisienne, No. 8: Valse lento” as well as Tchaikovsky Waltzes “Waltz from Eugene Onégin and such classics as the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker and the Waltzes of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. The dance floor is open, and the classic three-four time beckons. Join Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for The Never-Ending Waltz.
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