Yesterday the PBS broadcasted the customary New Year's 2006 celebration from Musikverein lead by the Latvian-born conductor Mariss Jansons leading Vienna Philharmonic into thisr gallop across the traditional Strausses, Lanner and Mozart.
Unquestionably it was not serious performance and the objective of it were light but watching and listening the Vienna Philharmonic again I was one more time impressed what the pronominal band the Vienna Philharmonic is. Despite the lightness of the concert I was really pleased with Mariss Jansons and of course to see that superb discipline and listening this beautiful tone of Vienna (word) leading orchestra was very very nice. Something lives Vienna. I do not know what is it: the traditions, the legacy, the sonic royalty or charisma but they do have it. Berlin might produce sometimes a magnificent sound but Vienna’s orchestral tone is always more lash and more sophisticated. The Vienna Philharmonic still Rules!
As the courtesy Vienna’ Sound here is a magnificent reminiscences-parod by Eddie Lawrence from 1951 about the “Shtrudel Avalanch”. (Courtesy WHRB)
Romy the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche