EMI HMV ASD 279
Nights in Vienna
Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pressing: UK, ED1, white/gold
Price range: $35-291, mean $112 on popsike
Comments: I just finished listening to this record and enjoyed it so much that I felt immediately compelled to write about it. If you are in the mood for some Viennese favorites performed with excellence and superbly recorded, look no further. This LP is a winner and my album of the day. So, what works are on this record? Side 1 has Suppe's Overture "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna", Heuberger's Overture "Der Opernball", and Johann Strauss' Overture "Die Fledermaus". Side 2 has Lehar's "Gold und Silber" Waltz, Reznicek's Overture "Donna Diana", Josef Strauss' "Spharenklange" Waltz, and last, but certainly no least, Johann Strauss' Radestzky March. Each piece is played with such joie de vivre, you can't help but feel transported back to Old Vienna. The sonics on this album are really fantastic, especially for an early tube EMI ASD. Great dynamic range, clarity, and ambience.
I highly recommend this record. I don't know if it was reissued by EMI on one of its budget labels (perhaps one of the dedicated blog readers would be so kind as to comment on this), but if you are able to pick up a copy of either, you will not regret it. This album has been digitally remastered and is available in part on a Testament reissue as well as part of Kempe's EMI Icon boxed set.