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Johann Strauss I Edition, Vol. 18

Strauss / Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina / Marzendorfer
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 8225338   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Time flies! Marco Polo is already on Volume 18 of this series, and the problem with publishing complete collections of this music (as with Johann Strauss II), is that there's just so much of it--and of course it all sounds, if not the same, then at least "of a piece". Still, it's important to take note of new releases such as this if only to remind everyone that the project is ongoing, and--more to the point--well worth collecting. Even if you don't want everything, you should dip in and try a volume or two.

This one contains six delicious waltzes, a couple of quadrilles (that on tunes from Balfe's The Four Aymon Sons is particularly fun), and one polka. They were composed in the mid-1840s, and the music is
Read more unaffectedly fresh and spirited. As the title "Viennese Fruits" suggests, the music is so much of its time and place, and it's impossible not to enjoy Strauss' limitless fund of tunes.

Ernst Märzendorfer is a pro in this music, and the orchestra plays with a pleasantly Slavic edge to its timbre that somehow seems extra authentic. Marco Polo's sonics are extremely clean and vivid. If you're looking for some agreeable music for casual listening, or even to accompany a quiet day at home, give this (or any of the other volumes in this series) a shot. Recommended.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rosen ohne Dornen, Op. 166 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Wiener-Früchteln, waltz for orchestra, Op. 167 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Wilkommen-Rufe, waltz for orchestra, Op. 168 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Die vier Haimonskinder, quadrille for orchestra (after themes from M.W. Balfe's opera "Les quatre fi by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Maskenlieder, waltz for orchestra, Op. 170 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Eunomien-Tänze, waltz for orchestra, Op. 171 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7.
Odeon-Tänze, waltz for orchestra, Op. 172 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Marianka-Polka, Op. 173 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9.
Musen-Quadrille, for orchestra, Op. 174 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845 
Venue:  Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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