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J. Strauss II: Tales from the Vienna Woods
Anton Karas Wiener Philharmoniker & Willi Boskovsky Lyrics

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Back during the later 1970s, as a graduate student in New Orleans, I was enjoying some rare free time on a particular New Year's Day. Quite by accident I found a surprisingly wonderful program airing on the New Orleans Public Broadcasting System (PBS) channel--a concert in Vienna. For the first time I became acquainted with Willi Boskovsky, his special relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic, and the end results--glorious renditions of music mostly from the Strauss family. This meant a great deal to me, as I had just a few years earlier spent a summer term studying in Austria.

From that first lucky encounter I was definitely, permanently "addicted". From the late 1970s to date, unless circumstances dictated otherwise, I have yielded, given in to my "addiction" every New Year's Day. I thoroughly enjoyed the years during which Boskovsky conducted; that he taught himself to play the violin, to conduct a la Johann Strauss (& others) and join in the music-making all the more, was wonderful. I remember, too, during several televised concerts seeing people dancing the Viennese waltz, to me the most beautiful, loveliest type of dance "outside of" opera.

Willi Boskovsky loved these New Years' concerts; he and the Vienna Philharmonic showed that love and a zest for life, the happiness the music created.

Whenever "Tales of the Vienna Woods" was part of such a concert, it went straight to my heart, my emotions, in the best possible ways.

The supreme moment for me came after a couple of years' watching and listening. It was a waltz, . . . .

Maybe I'll reveal it later.

Many thanks, Rodders, for doing what you're doing. I hope many more people, especially younger people, will find your offerings and develop a taste for classical music.

Max Merry

Thanks for sharing those recollections......Vienna Woods certainly is a gem.


Oops. I meant to write "ballet", NOT "opera".

Richard Allen

How much better the world would be if everyone would take ten minutes every day to listen to the world of Strauss and the magic effect if 3/4 time.

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