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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An outstanding success from this enjoyable Viennese cycle July 29 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This 2004 edition of the New Year's Day concerts from the VPO is Riccardo Muti's fourth time of conducting it. His previous occasion in 2000 was very successful but here he is able to sparkle even more.

The 2004 concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of the elder Johann Strauss's birth in 1804 and this is coupled with a celebration of Lanner who shared in the establishment of the Viennese waltz. The two initially played together in small ensembles of Lanner's before Strauss formed his own orchestra. The first part of this concert celebrates these connections and the second half focusses on other Strauss family members, Josef, Johann II and Eduard.

Throughout all of these pieces Muti galvanises the orchestra to produce playing of utmost sparkle and brilliance much to the delight of both the audience and the players themselves. The champagne shared at the end of the Champagne-Polka is richly deserved! The Radetzky March audience clapping is the most enjoyably controlled since Karajan's famous conducting and provides an extraordinarily happy end to the occasion for all!

As he has done before, Muti actually makes a short speech at the appropriate moment in which he stresses the importance of music to all of humanity on the grounds that we all share the same emotional responses that can be affected by the music of Strauss. This makes Muti different from so many other conductors who simply wish everyone, with the orchestra, a Happy New Year.

There are two enjoyable bonus features entitled `Figure Skating Impressions' (very short) and the 24 minute `Treasures of Vienna'. Both of these are without script except identifying titles of venues and music and rely entirely on images and music being otherwise self-explanatory.

The production by the experienced and very reliable Brian Large team is superb with clear imaging and involving camera work. The sound is spectacular in DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 and stereo. The roll of the bass drum is really something to feel in the `With Pleasure' polka on suitably wide ranging equipment!

These concerts are reliably enjoyable but this one is especially fine. It seems most likely that purchasers will get great pleasure form it in all sorts of ways. Five stars therefore seems the correct assessment for this disc.
Muti and Carreno together, who could ask for more? April 15 2014
By Robert petito - Published on Amazon.com
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Aside from the brilliant conducting by my favorite conductor, it has the ballet performance of Jose Manuel Carreno my favorite male dancer. In addition, it is the only New Years ballet which actually has a story line. The ballet was obviously created to show Carreno's special talents.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Original tunes going worldwide March 19 2010
By Michael Kerjman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
As usual nice tunes so easily imported from Vienna in the age of advanced video/audio techniques please everyone, surely.

A reviewer likes "Treasures of Austria" doco in extras the most.
Four Stars Nov. 10 2014
By Murshed Alamahmed - Published on Amazon.com
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Great video. Ricardo Muti i is an animated conductor!
Murshed AlamAhmed
Five Stars Aug. 11 2014
By always learning - Published on Amazon.com
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