Tibor Kováč first violin, Shkëlzen Doli second violin, Thilo Fechner viola, Stephan Koncz cello, Ödön Rácz double bass, Daniel Ottensamer clarinet, František Jánoška piano
Guests: Walter Auer flute, Christoph Traxler harmonium
Johann Strauss II
Rosen aus dem Süden arr. by Arnold Schoenberg
Kaiserwalzer arr. by Arnold Schoenberg
Lagunenwalzer arr. by Arnold Schoenberg
Wein, Weib und Gesang! arr. by Alban Berg
Schatzwalzer arr. by Anton Webern
Marche miniature viennoise
The Philharmonics, the ensemble founded by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, fill the Café Sperl with some of the most authentically Viennese sounds imaginable – the Strauss waltzes that Schoenberg, Berg and Webern arranged and performed in May 1921 to raise funds for their pioneering “Society for Private Musical Performances”. This is music the players have in their blood, and they maintain the echt atmosphere with Godowsky’s tribute to the city, “Alt-Wien” and a clutch of Kreisler gems, rounding the programme off with a new piece by the ensemble’s leader Tibor Kováč, based on traditional Jewish melodies and Mahler themes, “Yiddische Mame”.
Bonus: How Schoenberg came to arrange Waltzes by Strauss
This production was supported by Casinos Austria, Österreichische Lotterien and ARAG Österreich AllgemeineRechtsschutzversicherungs-AG.
“… one of the great DVDs of the year.” Musical Pointers
“Tibor Kováč and his Philharmonic colleagues perform chamber arrangements of Viennese waltzes to the very highest musical level. […] The venerable interior of the legendary Café Sperl provides them with an appropriate background.“ Wiener Zeitung