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Andrew Lamb
Gramophone, April 2012

STRAUSS II, J.: Waltzes (arr. Schoenberg, Berg and Webern) (The Philharmonics) (NTSC) ACC-20228
STRAUSS II, J.: Waltzes (arr. Schoenberg, Berg and Webern) (The Philharmonics) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10228

The brilliant idea here is to perform inside a historic Viennese coffee house – the 130-year-old Café Sperl in the Gumpendorfer Strasse. …members of the Vienna Philharmonic…perform before customers and waiters going about their everyday business…all without interference to the actual music-making.

The five Strauss waltzes are proficiently played and idiomatically phrased, and enjoyment is heightened by the further inclusion of three joyous pieces by Kreisler and an arrangement of Leopold Godowsky’s evocative Alt-Wien. …the whole represents an altogether admirable demonstration of how DVD can combine enlightenment and pleasure to joyous effect. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, January 2012

The coffee-house setting is real and unique, the Café Sperl in Vienna. All is revealed in the video portion of this fine Blu-ray release. Basically the compositions are by the justly famous Johann Strauss though variations are heard from arrangements by famous composers plus a couple of selections by Fritz Kreisler. All this winds up being almost perfect music for relaxation after a tough day at the office or elsewhere. The casual patrons do add atmosphere as does the intimate Café and it all ties together beautifully. Overall the audio quality is not to be faulted. I hope I am conveying the uniqness of this unusual and particularly attractive recording…the listening is simply right and all the performers are top notch. Added together this is an absolutely top recommendation of its kind and will be played often for the perfect mood it creates. © 2012 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, December 2011

The program contains deceptively simple, heart-on-the-sleeve, and, yea verily, schmaltzy music… This is a BD that, in audio and video terms, is good enough to use as a system reference… Do yourself and your friends and neighbors a favor. Invite everyone over for coffee, pop this BD in the player, and watch the smiles go around your home theater. Do it now!© 2011 Read complete review

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