Monday, October 12, 2009

Strauss J - Blue Danube - Boskovsky, Wiener Philharmoniker

Strauss J - Blue Danube - Boskovsky, Wiener Philharmoniker
Orchestral | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 299 MB
November 28, 1989 | Decca | RapidShare

Willi Boskovsky (born Vienna, June 16, 1909; died Visp, Switzerland April 21, 1991) was an Austrian violinist and conductor. Willi Boskovsky joined the Vienna Academy of music at the age of nine. He was the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1936 to 1979. He was also, from 1959, the conductor of the Vienna New Year's Concert, which is usually devoted to the music of Johann Strauss II and his contemporaries. Along with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he was also the chief conductor of the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester up until his death. A forerunner of this ensemble was the 19th-century Strauss Orchestra founded by Johann Strauss I in 1835. In chamber ensemble he led the Boskovsky Quartet with Philipp Matheis (2nd violin), Gunther Breitenbach (viola) and Nikolaus Hübner (violoncello). The Boskovsky Quartet, together with Johann Krump (double-bass), Alfred Boskovsky (clarinet), Josef Veleba (horn) and Rudolf Hanzl (bassoon) formed the Vienna Octet. These ensembles made several famous recordings (see below). His style appealed to many Strauss listeners as he directed Strauss' music in the manner of the "Vorgeiger", i.e. directing the orchestra with the violin just as Johann Strauss I popularised this form of conducting waltzes, polkas and other dance music alongside Strauss' rival Josef Lanner in the early 19th century. This tradition was also carried on by Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss after their father's death. Boskovsky was extremely sympathetic to the Strauss style, and his renditions of the Strauss works invariably had the lightness of touch, easy grace, and subtle humor that suit the works to their best advantage. Apart from the Strauss family waltzes, Boskovsky recorded a 10-album cycle of the complete Mozart Dances and Marches, leading what Decca called the Vienna Mozart Ensemble (assorted members of the Vienna Philharmonic). Many of these recordings were included on the Philips/Polygram Complete Mozart series of CD's issued in the 1990's. Boskovsky's New Year's Day 1979 concert was recorded live by Decca, the first commercial use of their proprietary PCM digital system. The resulting 2-LP set was well-received. Quoting Gramophone magazine: "This is a riotous issue ... the first recording to be manufactured and released in the UK utilizing digital recording ... astoundingly vivid and atmospheric ... the results are phenomenal." The album was most recently released as part of the Decca Legends series, remastered in 96k/24-bit PCM.

By the Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltz
Perpetual Motion. A Musical Joke Op.257
Music of the Spheres, Waltz
Thunder and Lightning, Quick Polka
Morning Papers, Waltz
Persian March
Explosions-Polka, Op.43
Anna's Polka, Op.117
Delerium, Waltz
Russian March
Fireproof! French Polka


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