Midweek Madness: A Viennese waltz to salute Kennedy Center festival
The Kennedy Center launched its latest festival the other day, "The Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna," which runs through March 29. Lots of great stuff can be savored, from Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" to Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle."
Naturally, with Vienna in the mix, there have to be some waltzes, which will be on the National Symphony's program March 16, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. One item on that concert is "Voices of Spring." I've been thinking about that particular waltz lately, since spring seems to be coming awfully early this year.
Then I started thinking about ...
the sparkly vocal version of the piece that is occasionally performed by sopranos, and I wondered if I could find an ideal recording. Instead, I ended up with this one, thanks to a couple of thoughtful friends.
So, with apologies to everyone at the Kennedy Center, I could not resist offering it here to herald the Viennese portion of the festival, and to provide another uplifting installment my public service, Midweek Madness: