Waltz Gold: 50 Great Tracks

Waltz Gold: 50 Great Tracks


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Decca's Waltz Gold: 50 Great Tracks is a three-CD compilation of popular waltzes, taken from recordings made between 1958 and 2015. Naturally, the waltzes of the Strauss family are well represented, and the contributions of Johann Strauss II are especially celebrated, so "The Beautiful Blue Danube," "Tales from the Vienna Woods," "Wine, Women and Song," "Roses from the South," and the "Emperor Waltz" are de rigueur for a collection like this. Also included are Waldteufel's "Skater's Waltz," Léhar's "Merry Widow Waltz," Rosas' "Over the Waves," and many other orchestral waltzes that listeners will immediately recognize. Second only to Strauss, Tchaikovsky composed waltzes that are equally memorable, such as the waltzes from the ballets "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty," and the "Waltz of the Flowers" from "The Nutcracker," to name only a few. Since the waltz has inspired many piano compositions, waltzes by Chopin and Brahms are included, among them the famously undanceable but exciting "Minute Waltz." While many listeners will happily sample this set for familiar gems, and others may put this set on rotation for New Year's celebrations, this is essentially a handy reference tool that will make identification of less familiar waltzes possible. Note: a six-CD collection, Waltz Gold: 100 Great Tracks was also issued by Decca in 2017, offering many more popular selections.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2017
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028948324996
catalogNumber: 4832499
Rank: 5818


  1. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Cinderella's Departure for the Ball
  2. Masquerada, suite from the incidental music for orchestra (or piano): Waltz
  3. Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215
  4. Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), for orchestra, Op. 437 (RV 437)
  5. Künstler-Leben (Artists' Life), waltz for orchestra, Op. 316 (RV 316)
  6. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 1: No. 2: Valse
  7. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2, No. 13a: Danse des cygnes (Dance of the Swa
  8. Pas de deux des jeunes paysans (Peasant Pas de deux), waltz for orchestra
  9. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): Valse No. 1
  10. Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
  11. Dorfschwalben aus Österreich (Austrian Village Swallows), waltz for orchestra, Op. 164
  12. Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410)
  13. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: Walzer: Moderato. Tempo di valse
  14. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6
  15. Valse triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1
  16. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Valse
  17. Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2: Waltz II
  18. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1: Scene and Waltz of the Snowflakes
  19. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: December
  20. Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 39/15
  21. Symphony No. 8 in G major, B. 163 (Op.88) (first published as No. 4): Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
  22. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): Un bal (A Ball)
  23. Kitty-Valse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite; original title: "Ketty"), Op. 56/4
  24. Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 333 (RV 333)
  25. Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood), waltz for orchestra, Op. 354 (RV 354)
  26. Matinées musicales (Rossini Suite No.2), for orchestra, Op. 24: Waltz
  27. Mam'zelle Angot, ballet: Allegro-Valse
  28. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): Valse No. 3
  29. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Act 1: Valse lente
  30. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208
  31. Sobre las olas (Over the waves), for orchestra (complete)
  32. Du und Du (You and You), waltz for orchestra, Op. 367 (RV 367)
  33. La bohème, opera: Musetta's Waltz Song
  34. La Traviata, opera: Brindisi
  35. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1: Valse
  36. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: The Lilac Fairy
  37. The Merry Widow Waltz, for orchestra (from "Die lustige Witwe")
  38. Faust, opera: Les Nubiennes Valse
  39. Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), waltz for orchestra, Op. 325 (RV 325)
  40. Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2: Waltz I
  41. Love's Dream after the Ball, Op 356
  42. Valse élégante, for piano
  43. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 2: Mit mir Waltz
  44. Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), waltz for orchestra, Op. 388 (RV 388)
  45. Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Scene 1: No. 1: Valse
  46. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2: Waltz of the Flowers
  47. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  48. Gold und Silber-Walzer (Gold and Silver Waltz), for orchestra, Op. 79, NV 87
  49. Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
  50. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314)

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