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Instrumentation

  • Tonkunstler Orchestra
  • Caroline Melzer, soprano
  • Alfred Eschwé, conductor

Programme

Music from the waltz dynasty. Entrancing arias from the world of opera and operetta.

Introduction/abstract

Tonkunstler Orchestra • Caroline Melzer • Alfred Eschwé

Music from the waltz dynasty. Entrancing arias from the world of opera and operetta.

«Ask Princess Hohenlohe or a tailor's apprentice [...] they are all just as aware of Johann Strauss, they all rave about him or have raved about him [...].» This claim made in the «Wiener Sonn- und Montagszeitung» newspaper in 1874 is as true now as it was then: Johann Strauss was the first pop star, with fans across all classes – as well as in all of the musical factions of his time. Particularly at the changing of the year the waltz dynasty’s music is in peak demand. Supplemented by Strauss’s precursors, rivals and successors, with entrancing arias from the world of opera and operetta and with a few surprises ranging from the noble to the cheeky, this music is the defining feature of the traditional New Year’s Eve concert with which Alfred Eschwé and the Tonkunstler bid a spirited farewell to the old year and put their audience in joyful spirits for 2018. As we say in Austria: Prosit Neujahr!