Because we'll hear loads of Vienna's famous dance from its annual concert on New Year's Day, this week's Learning to Listen looks more closely at the waltz: what it is, who wrote them and why it was considered racy in 19th-century Austria.
Johann Strauss, Jr.
Voices of Spring Waltz (Fruhlingsstimmen)
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati, cond.
The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel, cond.
Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique": 3rd movement
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev, cond.
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Angèle Dubeau, violin
Waltz No. 6 "Minute"
Lang Lang, piano
Venezuelan Waltz No. 3 "Natalia"
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Waltz for Debby
Eddie Gomez, bass
Rodeo: Saturday Night Waltz
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi, cond.
Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, cond.