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Millocker

Magazine article Gramophone

Millocker

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Millocker

'Waltzes * Marches * Polkas' Overture in E flat. Ida--Polka francaise. Cyprienne--Polka schnell. Sonntagskind-Walzer nach Motiven der Operette 'Das Sonntagskind'. Melitta--Polka mazurka. Apajune-Marsch nach Motiven der Operette 'Apajune, der Wassermann'. Probekuss-Walzer nach Motiven der Operette 'Der Probekuss'. Eilgut-Galopp nach Motiven der Operette 'Nordlicht'. Ringstrassen-Polka aus der Musik zur Posse 'Der Untaugliche'. Carnevalslaunen--Polka schnell. Der Bettelstudent--Overture. Pizzicato-Walzer. Quecksilber--Polka schnell

Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra / Christian Simonis

CPO (F) CPO555 004-2 (65' * DDD)

For a composer of some of the most easygoing music in history, Carl Millocker appears to have been a tricky customer. He was fired from the Theater an der Wien for quarrelling with both singers and orchestra only three months after being appointed a conductor there in the spring of 1866. That autumn he moved to the Harmony Theatre, falling on his sword the following year after a major scrap with a singer.

If you wouldn't detect an irksome personality from Millocker's free-flowing music, what you can trace is his musical provenance as a flautist. In the 'French polka' Ida he spins a long and delicious line from a small, uneventful musical germ. His themes are often similarly tender but also indistinct, with the possible exception of one of the four waltz themes that breaks out of The Sunday Child Waltz, based on themes from the operetta of the same name. …

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