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For many music lovers, ringing in the New Year just wouldn't be the same without the annual New Year's Day concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, broadcast to 92 countries all over the world and brimming with joyous dance music written by members of the illustrious Strauss family.

The Naxos catalogue contains an unmatched reserve of music by the Strauss composers. We would like to whet your appetite here with this preview of some of the music to be performed at this year's New Year Day concert in the Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein building.

STRAUSS I, J.: Edition - Vol. 23
Listen to an extract from
Freiheits-Marsch, op. 226

STRAUSS II, J.: Edition - Vol. 20
Listen to an extract from
Märchen aus dem Orient. Walzer, op. 444

STRAUSS, Josef: Edition - Vol. 4
Listen to an extract from
Wiener Leben.
Polka francaise, op. 218

Locomotiv-Musik 1:
A Musical Train Ride
Listen to an extract from
Eduard Strauss' Mit Dampf. Polka schnell, op. 70

Recommended Boxed sets

Naxos 8.505226
  STRAUSS II, J.: Orchestral Edition (Complete)
52-CD boxed set

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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