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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, March 2013

I have to say, the disc is a very satisfying concert. If this is Johannes Wildner’s audition for a future New Year’s in Vienna, he’s put in a very convincing case.

The performances simply ooze authenticity: the Jokey-Polka is perfectly light on its feet and energetic without falling to slapstick…The Annen-Polka is all delicate sweetness and reveals Wildner’s knowledge of how to lend this music real poetic worth.

The orchestra sounds very polished and professional, with so-sweet violins and piquant wind solos. So if you like to pick up a new Viennese dance CD every so often, give this a spin. It’s wonderful. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2012

In a sparkling new recording we have a typical programme of a ‘Viennese New Year’s Concert’ that appear throughout Europe at any time of the year.  It comes from the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra who senior citizens will recall as the orchestra who appeared with the legendary conductor of Viennese light music, Willi Boskovsky, having been formed by Eduard Strauss in 1965. With such impeccable credentials we would expect the high quality of performance that permeates the whole disc. There are magical moments that titillate the ear, hesitations that tease and sheer ebullient good fun as we hear in the Jockey Polka. Johannes Wildner, no stranger to the Naxos and Marco Polo label, has followed in Boskovsky’s footsteps as the orchestra’s principal conductor, the familiarity with the programme never taking anything away from the fresh and vivacious performances, the real jewel coming in the affectionate account of Josef Strauss’s waltz, Dynamiden. Maybe he tries just a little too hard to find something different to say about The Blue Danube Waltz, the result being a little mannered, but he does avoid the now frequent overblown treatment of the Thunder and Lightening Polka. The information gives no hint of this being taken from ‘live’ performances, but the sound has that quality. There are loads of alternatives in the catalogue, but few with this family connection. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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