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  Strauss Family Waltzes - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
  Strauss Family Waltzes, Polkas and Overtures

Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
  Single Layer
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  SRGR-752 in Japan

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Reviews: 2

Review by RWetmore June 21, 2010 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
OK, no one has reviewed this disc so I will. I absolutely adore these performances. Yes, they are often taken at brisker tempos than what might be considered 'traditional' but they are an absolute delight. I find myself coming back to listen to these frequently. I wish Szell had recorded more of the Strauss Waltzes.

The sound quality is fairly good, though not great. These date from '62 and the sound is typical of Columbia recordings from that time period (spot miking and a little bright on the high frequencies). This particular disc, having been one of the earlier releases, suffers from some of the artificial "softness" or "roundness" often associated with early DSD transfers.

Definitely recommended though.

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Review by EdBoxer June 17, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I’ve owned these on LP and cassette. The virtuosity in Perpetuum Mobile alone is worth the price of the disc. Jaw-dropping virtuosity. These may not be quite as “Viennese” as others but they are played impeccably. And they are obviously having a dammed good time making these recordings.

The sound improvement on SACD is also amazing. Major improvements in dynamic range and bass response. Pianissimi are barely audible. Vivid sound stage. And with Szell, everything is crystal clear.

I can finally throw out my Odyssey cassette!

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Works: 7  

Johann Strauss II - An der schönen blauen Donau (The beautiful blue Danube), Op. 314
Johann Strauss II - Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss II - Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), Op. 410
Johann Strauss II - Perpetuum mobile
Johann Strauss II - Pizzicato-Polka (with Josef)
Josef Strauss - Delirien (Deliriums), Op. 212
Josef Strauss - Dorfschwalben aus Österreich (Village Swallows from Austria), Op. 164