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Romy the Cat


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Wiener Philharmoniker rules!

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)

http://www.goodsoundclub.com/Audio_Files/OldVeinna.mp3

Rgs,
Romy the Cat


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dazzdax
Netherlands
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Re: Wiener Philharmoniker rules!
The VPO is my favourite orchestra, followed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Both have glorious strings. The VPO's strings section has a very light and aetheral but rich string tone. It almost floats above the orchestra. This is a very recognizable signature and is very Viennese to me. The cymbals sound very sophisticated, the golden toned brass section very dynamic and powerful. It is in comparison with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig not old gold, but new shiny polished gold. The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra has also very sophisticated quality, with chocolate dark and seductive sounding wood winds. Very palpable to, almost organic sounding. When the CGO is playing in the Concertgebouw, I have often associations with paintings of the great Rembrandt van Rijn. Those paintings are famous for their light and shadow effects.

Chris
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