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… the excellent Marco Polo series of the works of Johann Strauss Sr. has now reached its 23rd volume, with Christian Pollack continuing his wonderfully idiomatic conducting and the Slovak Sinfonietta Ĺ˝ilina still playing with all the upbeat spirit that these works demand. Like the other volumes in this ongoing series, this one shows again and again just how skilled Strauss Sr. was in the musical forms of his time… © 2013 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

For a composer known for more than a hundred years by one march, it seems strange that we have now reached the twenty-third volume of his complete works.  The father of the famous ‘Waltz King’ has been in his shadow for too long, this series liberating his vast output - we have now reached opus 230 - revealing many masterpieces of the Viennese genre along the way. It is true that it does contain a fair quantity of works composed in a hurry to meet the vast demands made on him for Vienna’s carnival time, the booklet pointing out that for eight weeks in 1848 he was not only composing, but was directing two balls each day. The present disc is largely devoted to that year, the penultimate in a short life that lasted just 45 years. He certainly did not produce the same abundance of memorable melody as that from his famous children, yet turn to track 4, the Aeaciden Waltz, to discover an extended gem that should be more frequently performed. He was also at this time persuaded to write many marches, the one for the Legion of Students a particularly catchy tune, that came from the same year as the one work that has immortalized his name, the Radetzky March. It is heard here in its first version, which is just lacking a little of the impact of the one we hear today. Again we must thank the Slovak Sinfonietta and Christian Pollack for their dedication, the final track Sorgenbrecher a typical example of their smooth elegance. As in previous volumes the engineering has that unfussy quality we now almost take for granted. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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