Eduard Strauss was the younger brother of Josef and Johann Strauss II. Better known as a conductor and violinist than as a composer in his day, his name was subsequently overshadowed by others of the Strauss dynasty. Despite that undeserved neglect, which means that most of these pieces on this new release appear as world première recordings, history tells of frequent encores demanded of Eduard Strauss’ famous orchestra. He made his mark with stylish, fast polkas (Polka schnell), as well as with catchy gallops, imposing introductions and supremely beguiling waltz melodies.
Newly released this month, our tribute recording was made in 2016, to mark the centenary of Eduard Strauss' death.
Throughout his life, Eduard Strauss’s compositions were unfavourably compared with those by his elder brothers, Johann II (1825–1899) and Josef (1827–1870), yet many of his works, especially those dating from the 1870s and 1880s, easily stand comparison with those crafted by his two famous siblings. Moreover, in two particular dance genres – the quick polka and the galop – Eduard was in a class of his own. As the Strauss authority Professor Franz Mailer stated: “Posterity must make restitution to Eduard Strauss.” It is to be hoped that, at the very least, this present recording will encourage a reassessment of “handsome Edi’s” unique musical genius.
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Listen to Über Feld und Wiese, Polka schnell, Op. 138
About the Artists
John Georgiadis started playing the violin at the age of six, which led to a career as a professional violinist culminating in his appointment as concertmaster, first with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, then with the London Symphony Orchestra at the age of 26, a position he held for 14 years. His interest in conducting began during the mid-1970s, since when he has conducted concerts with many British orchestras. He also established the Viennese-style New Year’s concert in London, which he conducted for 40 consecutive years until 2015.
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is ranked among the world’s leading representatives of Czech musical culture with a repertoire that ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. It frequently performs at the Czech Republic’s most important festivals and at many major venues in Europe, Japan and America. In addition to concerts, the orchestra regularly engages in operatic and theatre projects and has dozens of successful discs to its credit, including on the Naxos label.
The most famous and enduringly successful composer of nineteenth-century light music, Johann Strauss II captivated not only Vienna but the whole of Europe and America with his abundantly tuneful waltzes, polkas, quadrilles and marches. This unique collection brings together for the first time ever his entire orchestral output. The Strauss Edition, originally fifty-two separate releases on the Marco Polo label, represented a milestone in recording history. It is celebrated by this beautiful box-set.
“Naxos’ amazing 52-CD compilation of all of the Strauss non-stage music was a labor of love when begun in 1987, and the boxed set of discs originally released on the Marco Polo label is a collection that any listener can live with for the rest of his or her life. There is just so much here, not only in familiar music but also in equally delightful works that are almost completely unknown…there are so many ways to search and enjoy this collection! ...voluminous pleasures of all types, beautifully constructed and presented in solid and often top-notch performances, a cornucopia of musical pleasure not to be found anywhere else. This is one CD set whose pleasures neither cloy nor diminish with time.”
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