Robert Stolz – A Night in Viennashare on facebook
In exile Robert Stolz still put his faith in the power of the waltz and in 1943 gave the New Yorkers “A Night in Vienna“. Eddie Luis and Die Gnadenlosen relive the event.
Johann Strauss: Overture to the operetta „Die Fledermaus“ / Emperor Waltz, op. 437
Robert Stolz: Im Prater blühn wieder die Bäume / Mein Liebeslied muss ein Walzer sein etc.
Franz Lehár: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz etc.
Franz Schubert: Ave Maria
Franz von Suppé, Ralph Benatzky, Oscar Straus and others
Those who visited the New York Carnegie Hall on 18 May 1943 experienced all of Vienna for an entire evening – from the overture to “Die Fledermaus” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria” to “Donauträume” by Robert Stolz. Eddie Luis und die Gnadenlosen reconstruct the programme that Stolz conducted at the conductor’s stand of the New York Philharmonic orchestra on this day. In the middle of the war, he showed America the other side of Vienna: the Jewish composers who were no longer allowed to be Austrian, such as Oscar Straus, and the declared Anti-Nazis, such as Ralph Benatzky and Stolz himself. They all had found a new home in the US.