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Waltzes & Polkas Of Vienna - Strauss Family Favourites / Georgiadis

Strauss / London Symphony Orchestra / Georgiadis
Release Date: 03/23/2010 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1070   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Johann Strauss Sr.Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Georgiadis was in his last year as leader (concertmaster) of the great London Symphony Orchestra. He had already started alternate careers as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He was also developing his special talent for conducting the music of the Strauss family of Vienna and their contemporaries. This would lead to many other recordings, and many New Year’s concerts with the LSO and the London Philharmonic, leading the orchestras and playing his own violin in the manner of Johann Strauss II.

I have rarely encountered these musical gems displayed so brilliantly. Georgiadis knows the artful use of hesitation, acceleration, dynamic variety, and orchestral color. These are big orchestra arrangements, with the LSO
Read more playing robustly and tenderly by turns. The symphonic waltzes sound like the tone poems they were meant to be, while the polkas and the famous Radetzky March have all the vitality one could wish. The sound is rich and full, though not quite as transparent as the very best. Still, quite adequate to convey the charm and excitement of these noble pieces. Urgently recommended.

-- FANFARE: Robert McColley [reviewing Resonance 3033]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Champagner-Polka, Op. 211 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 10 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Fürstin Ninetta: Neue Pizzicato-Polka, Op. 449 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Wiener Blut, Op. 354 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
9.
Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Annen-Polka, Op. 117 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
11.
Das Spitzentuch der Königin: Rosen aus dem Süden Waltzes, Op. 388 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Length: 10 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Bahn frei, Op. 45 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  John Georgiadis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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