We’ve just received the latest Nicolaus Harnoncourt release from Sony Classics.
It is titled ‘Walzer Revolution’.
A revolution is a violent upheaval in which everything changes and many people lose their lives.
A waltz is a dance in which one person tries to get another into bed, while the other thinks about it in three-four time.
Harnoncourt, originally from Graz, has spent most of his life in Vienna. He knows all about waltzes. He is descended, on his mother’s side, from Hapsburg emperors. They did not approve of revolutions. In 1848, his relative Kaiser Franz-Josef put a lot of would-be revolutionaries in front of a firing squad.
I cannot believe that Harnoncourt was responsible for this ridiculous title, introducing a selection of dances by Mozart, Lanner and Strauss. It must have been some clever little record flak in Vienna who has lost all grasp of the meaning of language and its relation to empirical truth.
I sometimes think the classical record industry (what’s left of it) lives in a parallel universe that bears no relation to reality. Here’s proof.