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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2016

A self-indulgent choice, perhaps. Lanner certainly wasn’t aiming to write music for posterity. Rather, as a jobbing composer, he turned out a constant flow of waltzes, polkas and other dances. While many were slight and ephemeral, they nonetheless proved very popular in Vienna’s ballrooms. The accomplished orchestra and conductor, new to the Naxos label, do the composer proud. © 2016 MusicWeb International




Infodad.com, November 2016

Dörner has considerable talent for handling music that is pleasant without being profound: here…he and the orchestra show a fine grasp of the melodic richness and rhythmic beauty of the material, but never over-weight it in a fruitless search for deeper meaning. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, September 2016

The performances are very good, …The large orchestra plays beautifully and is recorded in astonishing detail. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



ouverture - Das Klassik-Blog, August 2016

Wolfgang Doerner and the Orchestre de Cannes show that Dance music back then has been pretty original, yes, at some times actually has been funny. © 2016 ouverture - Das Klassik-Blog



Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, June 2016

Such enjoyable performances… [Orchestre Régional de Cannes] play…with great commitment, vivacity and style. Their Austrian artistic director and conductor Wolfgang Dörner is clearly sympathetic to and entirely at home with this repertoire. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, June 2016

…a wholly charming disc. It is good to have so much fine Lanner music available… Orchestre de Cannes play as to the manner born and the recorded sound is all one could wish. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, June 2016

[Lanner’s] music is attractive and it’s enjoyably performed here. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jerobear
Review Corner, May 2016

…lively music that suits being in the kitchen and washing up; it would probably have been the gym playlist of its day. …It’s still Viennese Waltz but it’s good fun and with its rebelliousness, high bpm and potential for air conducting, surprisingly modern in approach.

The Orchestre de Cannes is an interesting tale in itself, and Wolfgang Dörner conducts. © 2016 Review Corner Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2016

Joseph Lanner was the originator of the formal Viennese waltz, but his achievement was overshadowed by the heavily advertised concerts given by the Strauss family. Rather more refined in his approach to the music that he had elevated from the peasant dance, it is equally true to say that he only rarely found the memorable melodies that made the younger Johann Strauss famous. Yet turn to the quirky Hofball-Tanze or Die Schonbrunner and you have two of the most outstanding works of that era, while the Neujahrs-Galopp (New Year’s Gallop) should be an obligatory part of every New Year’s Day Concert. My own favourite is the creamily seductive Mitternachts Waltz (Midnight Waltz) written when Lanner was twenty-five. ‘That’s where he stole it from’ you will say when you hear the Steyrische-Tanze (Styrian Dances), the melody becoming the unforgeable part of Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, the composer owing Lanner a second debt when he raided Die Schonbrunner waltz for another Petrushka melody. Legend has it that at the waltz’s premiere it was encored twenty-one times—no more than it deserved—though as that would have taken five hours, which makes it unlikely. Though Lanner used a smaller ensemble than Johann Strauss, his orchestration was always imaginative, and is ideally suited to the thirty-six members of the Cannes Orchestra from the French coastal resort, and under Wolfgang Dorner’s direction it captures the spirit of Vienna. Play at a very high volume setting and enjoy top quality sound. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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