Johann Strauss Edition Vol. 23
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Despite charitable funds raised by the Fortune and Viennese Kreutzer
polkas, revolutionary Habsburg insurgencies became a dangerous fact of life in the Vienna of 1848. Strauss (the Elder) demonstrated solidarity through his Austrian National Guard March
, lampooning the old order with his March of the Legion of Students
. Heard on this recording in its original, more transparent orchestration, and without the drum roll, the irrepressibly festive Radetzky March
celebrated military victory in Italy and became his most famous work. Viennese citizens filled the carnival season ballrooms, and the escapist Stress Relievers
waltzes, which conclude this recording, roused frenzied cheering.