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Salute To Vienna (Best Of) – 10th Anniversary 1995 – 2005

 

Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Concert: C+

 

 

Though this was actually taped in 1999, partly given away by the fact that Gregory Peck hosted, this 95-minutes-long program (mistakenly noted as 70 on the box) shows what is now an annual New Years tradition in the United States (for those watching).  This Best Of Salute To Vienna show focuses on the music of Johann Strauss and George Gershwin.  This was recorded for public television, the only place that would be likely to broadcast such a program.

 

There is singing, choirs, polka, orchestras, ballet and The Boys Choir Of Harlem even participate.  It is just fine for the traditional music program it is, something obviously not in great proliferation on DVD, but this is as good a basic DVD in that vein as you are likely to find.  The performances are as follows:

 

1)     Vom Donaustrande

2)     Entrance Song From “Wiener Blut”

3)     Emperor Waltz

4)     Entrance Song From “The Gypsy Baron”

5)     French Polka

6)     Voices Of Spring

7)     Chit Chat Polka

8)     “Dein Is Main Ganzes Herz”

9)     Thunder & Lightning Polka

10)  Wine, Woman & Song Polka

11)  “Drinking Song” Annen-Polka

12)   Eljen a Magyar

13)  The Watch Duet From “Die Fledermaus”

14)  Chit Chat Polka with vocal

15)  Duet From “Wiener Blut”

16)  On The Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz

17)  Finale II from “Die Fledermaus”

18)  On The Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz (Reprise)

19)  Radetzky March

 

 

 

The full frame image is off of what looks like a PAL or even SECAM source, despite some U.S. backing, but it is not as clear as it should or could be.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the other hand, offers some Pro Logic surrounds and is much more in keeping with the age of the production.  There are no extras.  Some of this seems a touch pretentious, and that is where it becomes unintentionally funny, but those who are interested in the subject will not be totally disappointed.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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