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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67169
Recording details: December 1999
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2000
Total duration: 8 minutes 42 seconds

Loreley-Rheinklänge, Op 154
composer
August 1843

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One of Strauss’s waltzes, and possibly his best loved of all, is Loreley-Rheinklänge (‘Sounds of the Lorelei on the Rhine’). It includes a distinctive four-note phrase and echo for clarinet and horn in the introduction that preview further treatment in the main waltz. The composition was greeted with huge applause when first performed at a summer festivity in August 1843, attended by over 3400 people. It was a charity event in aid of Vienna’s St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, held in lovely weather at another of Vienna’s summer entertainment spots – the Wasser- Glacis. This was situated in the former moat around the old Vienna city walls that survived until the late 1850s.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2000

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