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9. Johann Strauss II: Waltzes

While other countries of Europe underwent various upheavals in the course of the 19th century, Vienna continued to dance, in particular to the music of the Strauss family. The dynasty started with Johann Strauss, who hoped to divert his three sons to other activities. Nevertheless , under the leadership of the eldest boy, also Johann Strauss, all three spent the greater part of their lives in the composition and performance of quintessentially Viennese dance-music. The selected disc of music by the younger Johann Strauss includes, inevitably, the famous Blue Danube Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods and Wine-Women & Song, with other favourites.

Recommended recording
Johann Strauss II: Most Famous Waltzes, played by the Strauss Festival Orchestra under André Lenárd. Naxos 8.550152

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