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Hyperion Records

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The Ball Supper (detail) (1878) by Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905)
Track(s) taken from CDH55477
Recording details: July 1997
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1998
Total duration: 7 minutes 43 seconds

Les patineurs

Les patineurs  [7'43]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Émile Waldteufel (1837–1915) owes his German surname to his Strasbourg origins, but he lived virtually his whole life in Paris, where he became conductor of the balls of the Second Empire and Third Republic. He was the most widely successful waltz composer after Johann Strauss, his masterpiece being Les patineurs (‘The skaters’, 1882). In it one readily detects the skaters testing the ice, gliding around, and trying some daring leaps. Sleigh-bells enhance the wintry scene.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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