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Contemporaries of the waltz king

Listen to an extract from Julius Fučik’s
Um Mitternacht Marsch

Contemporaries of the Strauss Family, Vol. 2


Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
John Georgiadis
This programme looks beyond the works of the renowned Strauss family. Research by The Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain has uncovered any rare pieces by central European light music composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Julius Fučik’s humorous march Um Mitternacht includes an imitation of nocturnal cats by the trombones, and Paul Lincke’s Overture to his operetta Berliner Luft includes the famous march that is a traditional part of the Berlin New Year Concert. Volume 1 of this series can be found on Marco Polo 8.225365. Three more pieces from this series by Lincke, Labitzky and Heuberger can be heard as a Naxos download on 9.70228.

The Artists

John Georgiadis
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
John Georgiadis started playing the violin at the age of six, which led to a career as a professional violinist culminating in his being appointed leader, first with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and then the London Symphony Orchestra at the age of 26. He held the latter position for fourteen years. He was a founder member of the London Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra and also played as first violin in the celebrated Gabrieli String Quartet. His interest in conducting began in the mid-1970s, and he studied orchestration for eight years under the legendary conductor and teacher Sergiu Celibidache. Known for the variety of his programmes, he has conducted concerts with most of the major British orchestras. Throughout his conducting career he has made a speciality of Viennese music and has recorded Strauss family music in particular with top British orchestras, and also worldwide, including for Naxos. He is a longstanding honorary member of The Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain.
Founded in 1969, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is one of the Czech Republic’s top orchestras. The repertoire of this chamber orchestra has ranged from baroque to contemporary music. It is valued for its stylistic interpretations and the quality of its orchestral sound, and is ranked amongst the world’s leading representatives of Czech musical culture. It often performs at the Czech Republic’s most important festivals and at many major venues in Europe, Japan and America. Apart from concerts the orchestra regularly engages in operatic and theatre projects and has dozens of successful discs to its credit on many labels, including Naxos. Jiří Štilec, the producer of this recording, is a Czech musicologist and producer who has worked for Supraphon and Czech Radio, and owns the recording label ArcoDiva. He is a founder of the Gustav Mahler Society in the Czech Republic. He is the Head of Music Management Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and is also a well known writer.

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“This record is must listening for lovers of musical Viennese pastries and will surely be an education if you are familiar only with the Strausses and Lehar.”

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