Johann Strauss II at the Opera | Naxos 8578287

Johann Strauss II at the Opera

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8578287

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st September 2014



Johann Strauss II, the ‘Waltz King’, was the most famous and enduringly successful of 19th-century light music composers, captivating not only Vienna but the whole of Europe and America with his tuneful dances and marches. Of these dances none was more of a ‘snapshot’ of contemporary musical life than the quadrille. Its six distinct sections invited the use of musical highlights from the latest theatre hits, and Strauss the Younger was at the forefront of those writing quadrilles using the themes of others, from Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl to Offenbach’s Orpheus, and his own operetta masterpiece Die Fledermaus.

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