Strauss: Edition Vol. 21 (Johann Strauss Edition V. 21) (Marco Polo: 8.225341)
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Memorials, Name Days, and aristocratic connections were just some of the many incentives for Johann Strauss the Elder to pour forth his unrivalled series of waltzes, quadrilles and polkas for his ravenous Viennese public. During 1846-47 such opportunities included a work to honour the celebrated singer Jenny Lind (Swedish Songs), whilst New Year provided a supreme example of his festive skill. Nor did he ignore the professions: lawyers and doctors received dedicatory waltzes, and so did a couple of much beloved comic book characters.
This release forms part of the only complete Strauss the Elder collection in the catalogue. The 1846-47 waltzes are every bit as good as some better known ones and Strauss' inspiration remains at peak level throughout.
Since September 2002 Christian Pollack has been principal guest conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta