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Memories Of Vienna

Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips

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Strauss waltzes and polkas in classic Decca 1950s recordings, led to the manner born by the Viennese conductor Josef Krips.


Newly remastered from the original tapes – and in the case of two works the shellac discs – this compilation presents recordings made in London and Vienna by a conductor born and bred to the rhythms of the Strauss family. Josef Krips cut his teeth as a repetiteur at the Volksoper in Vienna, making his debut there in 1921, before graduating to the more prestigious Staatsoper in 1933.
Mozart was forever Krips’s musical god: ‘My maxim is that everything has to sound as though it were by Mozart, or it will be a bad performance. When you perform Mozart, everything has to be crystal clear, everything has to be in balance and everything has to have a relaxed sound.’ These are the qualities that mark out his conducting of these waltzes and polkas, which he continued to conduct wherever his career took him: to London in the late 1940s, becoming principal conductor of the LSO for three years in the early 50s, and thence to the US, such as a late-in-life post as musical director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, returning often however, to his spiritual home of Vienna.
The recordings here were made first of all with the ‘New’ Symphony Orchestra of London musicians in April 1948, then with the LSO in April 1950. The legendary Decca producer John Culshaw was behind the glass at the Sofiensaal for Vienna Philharmonic sessions in October 1956 and September 1957 that yielded the ‘Memories of Vienna’ LP which gives this album its title. He was joined by the soprano Hilde Gueden for the obbligato soprano parts in waltzes such as Voices of Spring; Gueden had been one of the most prominent members of the Vienna State Opera immediately after the war while Krips rebuilt and nurtured it from the ground up, and she too was blessed with an instinctive understanding of Viennese style as well as the kind of light lyric soprano voice that made her ideal for Josef Strauss’s Village Swallows waltz. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


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Wiener Blut, Op. 354 (Johann Strauss II)

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Wiener Blut, Op. 354
Josef Krips
00:08:15

London Symphony Orchestra - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer

℗ 1951 Decca Music Group Limited

Piefke und Pufke-Polka, Op. 235 (Johann Strauss I)

2
Piefke und Pufke-Polka, Op. 235
Josef Krips
00:02:35

London Symphony Orchestra - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss I, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer

℗ 1951 Decca Music Group Limited

Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 (Johann Strauss II)

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Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214
Josef Krips
00:02:33

London Symphony Orchestra - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer

℗ 1951 Decca Music Group Limited

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333 (Johann Strauss II)

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Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333
Josef Krips
00:05:57

London Symphony Orchestra - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer

℗ 1951 Decca Music Group Limited

Beliebte Annen-Polka, Op. 137 (Johann Strauss I)

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Beliebte Annen-Polka, Op. 137
Josef Krips
00:03:27

New Symphony Orchestra - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss I, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 (Johann Strauss II)

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Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257
Josef Krips
00:02:50

New Symphony Orchestra - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer

℗ 1948 Decca Music Group Limited

An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (Johann Strauss II)

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An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314
Josef Krips
00:08:47

Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer - Erik Smith, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Balance Engineer - James Brown, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Decca Music Group Limited

Accelerationen, Op. 234 (Johann Strauss II)

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Accelerationen, Op. 234
Josef Krips
00:08:26

Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer - Erik Smith, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Balance Engineer - James Brown, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Decca Music Group Limited

Kaiserwalzer, Op. 437 (Johann Strauss II)

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Kaiserwalzer, Op. 437
Josef Krips
00:09:59

Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer - Erik Smith, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Balance Engineer - James Brown, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Decca Music Group Limited

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (Johann Strauss II)

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Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388
Josef Krips
00:08:00

Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer - Erik Smith, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Balance Engineer - James Brown, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Decca Music Group Limited

Pizzicato Polka (Johann Strauss II)

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Pizzicato Polka
Josef Krips
00:02:44

Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - Josef Strauss, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer - Erik Smith, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Balance Engineer - James Brown, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Decca Music Group Limited

Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Op. 164 (Josef Strauss)

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Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Op. 164
Hilde Gueden
00:05:30

Hilde Gueden, Soprano - Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips, Conductor - Josef Strauss, Composer - Rudolf Effenberger, Author - John Culshaw, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Balance Engineer - James Brown, Balance Engineer

℗ 1961 Decca Music Group Limited

Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 - Vocal Version (Johann Strauss II)

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Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 - Vocal Version
Hilde Gueden
00:05:56

Hilde Gueden, Soprano - Wiener Philharmoniker - Josef Krips, Conductor - Johann Strauss II, Composer - Richard Genée, Author - John Culshaw, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Balance Engineer - James Brown, Balance Engineer

℗ 1961 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description


Strauss waltzes and polkas in classic Decca 1950s recordings, led to the manner born by the Viennese conductor Josef Krips.


Newly remastered from the original tapes – and in the case of two works the shellac discs – this compilation presents recordings made in London and Vienna by a conductor born and bred to the rhythms of the Strauss family. Josef Krips cut his teeth as a repetiteur at the Volksoper in Vienna, making his debut there in 1921, before graduating to the more prestigious Staatsoper in 1933.
Mozart was forever Krips’s musical god: ‘My maxim is that everything has to sound as though it were by Mozart, or it will be a bad performance. When you perform Mozart, everything has to be crystal clear, everything has to be in balance and everything has to have a relaxed sound.’ These are the qualities that mark out his conducting of these waltzes and polkas, which he continued to conduct wherever his career took him: to London in the late 1940s, becoming principal conductor of the LSO for three years in the early 50s, and thence to the US, such as a late-in-life post as musical director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, returning often however, to his spiritual home of Vienna.
The recordings here were made first of all with the ‘New’ Symphony Orchestra of London musicians in April 1948, then with the LSO in April 1950. The legendary Decca producer John Culshaw was behind the glass at the Sofiensaal for Vienna Philharmonic sessions in October 1956 and September 1957 that yielded the ‘Memories of Vienna’ LP which gives this album its title. He was joined by the soprano Hilde Gueden for the obbligato soprano parts in waltzes such as Voices of Spring; Gueden had been one of the most prominent members of the Vienna State Opera immediately after the war while Krips rebuilt and nurtured it from the ground up, and she too was blessed with an instinctive understanding of Viennese style as well as the kind of light lyric soprano voice that made her ideal for Josef Strauss’s Village Swallows waltz. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


Details of original recording : Recordings : Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 7 April 1948 (Perpetuum mobile, Annen-Polka), 22 April 1950 (Wiener Blut, Piefke und Pufke, Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Wein, Weib und Gesang); Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, 12 October 1956 (Dorfschwalben aus Österreich, Frühlingsstimmen), 9–14 September 1957 (An der schönen blauen Donau, Accelerationen, Kaiserwalzer, Rosen aus dem Süden, Pizzicato Polka)

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