Vienna Premieres Vols 1-3 | Chandos - Classics CHAN106843X

Vienna Premieres Vols 1-3


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Label: Chandos - Classics

Cat No: CHAN106843X

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 27th June 2011



Marilyn Hill Smith (soprano)
Johann Strauss Orchestra


Jack Rothstein


Marilyn Hill Smith (soprano)
Johann Strauss Orchestra


Jack Rothstein


Perhaps no composer is more associated with a city than Johann Strauss II is with Vienna. Indeed, it is hard to consider Vienna without thinking of the waltz, and the waltz empire is dominated by the Strauss family. Johann Strauss I & II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss produced a seemingly inexhaustible supply of melodies which have entranced not only the dancers of the world, but also its musicians and music-lovers from the 1840s to the present. Whilst much of their music has never been out of the recorded repertoire, so prolific was their output that a quantity of top-rate music was forgotten over the years.

Jack Rothstein recorded three volumes of such rarities in the 1980s and ’90s, which comprised music by the Strauss family and their contemporaries. So enjoyable and tuneful are these ‘Vienna Premieres’ that it is impossible to understand just why they had been neglected. Time and time again one is amazed at the un-flagging inspiration which seemed to come so easily to composers of this period, who produced consistently high-quality, light, entertaining music, beautifully crafted and orchestrated.

Jack Rothstein was a master of this music. Appointed Musical Director of the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1976, he was steeped in the distinctive performing style associated with this repertoire for years before making the pioneering digital recordings collected here.

It is the first time that these three unique CDs have been gathered together in one convenient and inexpensive box.

Johann Strauss I:
- Freiheits-Marsch, Op.226
- Der Carneval in Paris (Galopp), Op.100

Johann Strauss II:
- Concurrenzen Walzer, Op.267
- L’Inconnue (Polka française), Op.182
- Neuer Csárdás (for ‘Die Fledermaus’)
- Hoch Österreich! (Marsch), Op.371
- Alexandrine-Polka, Op.198
- Pappacoda (Polka française), Op.412
- Quadrille nach Motiven der Operette ‘Der lustige Krieg’, Op.402
- ‘Klug Gretelein’ (Gesangs-Walzer), Op.462
- Nur nicht mucken! (Polka française), Op.472

Johann Strauss III: Schlau-Schlau (Polka schnell), Op.6
- Unter den Linden (Walzer), Op.30

Eduard Strauss:
- Knall und Fall (Polka schnell), Op.132
- Leuchtkäferln Walzer, Op.161
- Hectograph (Schnell-Polka), Op.186
- Blüthenkranz Johann Strauss’scher Walzer, Op.292
- Saat und Ernte (Polka schnell), Op.159
- Weyprecht-Payer-Marsch, Op.120
- Mädchenlaune (Polka-Mazur), Op.99
- Die Abonnenten (Walzer), Op.116
- Österreichs Völker-Treue Marsch, Op.211
- Blauäuglein (Polka française), Op.254
- Schleier und Krone (Walzer), Op.200

Josef Strauss:
- Frohes Leben Walzer, Op.272
- Vorwärts! (Schnell-Polka), Op.127
- Nachtschatten (Polka-Mazur), Op.229
- Elfen-Polka, Op.74
- For ever (Polka schnell), Op.193
- Defilir-Marsch, Op.53
- Farewell! (Polka schnell), Op.211
- Wallonen-Marsch, Op.41
- Pauline (Polka-Mazur), Op.190b
- Zeit-Bilder (Walzer), Op.51

Carl Millöcker:
- Die sieben Schwaben-Marsch
- Jonathan-Marsch
- Klopf' an! (Polka française)

Carl Michael Ziehrer:
- Casimir-Walzer, Op.551
- Die Lustigmacherin (Schnell-Polka), Op.4

Philipp Fahrbach Jnr:
- Storchschnäbel (Galopp), Op.149

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