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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

Robert Benson, December 2011

This DVD offers these waltzes and other works listed above in stunning performances by nine members of the Vienna Philharmonic including concertmaster Tibor Kovac. Performances are elegant indeed, audio is superb and the photography almost puts the viewer inside the instruments. © 2011 Read complete review

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