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Gold und Silber

'European Light Music Classics' (CDH55477)
European Light Music Classics
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Gold und Silber
In operettas such as Die Fledermaus, the younger Johann Strauss became the prime exponent of the so-called ‘golden age’ of Viennese operetta. His counterpart in the ‘silver age’ was Franz Lehár (1870–1948), composer of Die lustige Witwe (‘The merry widow’, 1905). Though Lehár’s output was heavily weighted towards the theatre, he too began as the composer of independent dances and marches. Unlike Strauss he was Viennese only by adoption, having been born in the Danube town of Komáron, Hungary—today Komárno, Slovakia. It was after his move to Vienna as Bandmaster of the 26th Austro-Hungarian Infantry Regiment that he was commissioned to compose a waltz for a Gold und Silber (‘Gold and silver’) Carnival Ball in 1902. The result was the eponymous waltz, a richly melodic and brilliantly orchestrated work that gloriously captures the opulence of the occasion for which it was composed.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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Details for CDH55477 track 2
Recording date
25 July 1997
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. European Light Music Classics (CDA66998)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: January 1998
    Deletion date: December 2012
    Superseded by CDH55477
  2. European Light Music Classics (CDH55477)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) NEW
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