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Music by the Strauss Family including Blue Danube Waltz, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Emperor Waltz, Radetzky March, Die Fledermaus Overture and Voices of Spring
Kathleen Battle (soprano) [Voices of Spring]

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan

Recorded on 1 January 1987 in the Grosser Saal, Musikverien, Vienna
CD No: DG GRAND PRIX 477 6336
Duration: 81 minutes
Reviewed: May 2007
This heart-warming occasion was Karajan’s only New Year’s Day concert (he died in 1989). It finds him and the Vienna Philharmonic in glorious form relishing every aspect of this wonderful music. The recording is splendid. With Kathleen Battle warbling peerlessly and the new-addition of the great Emperor Waltz, this handsome collection fully deserves inclusion in the enticing Grand Prix series.


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