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David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2013

We have reached the twenty-fourth volume of music from the father of the Strauss dynasty, and through to the year 1849 when he made a triumphant visit to London. Starting out in 1847 with Huldigungs-Quadrille (Homage Quadrille)— Strauss’s show of support for a monarchy that was under threat—we move through a series of waltzes, polkas, and marches, eventually arriving at the Frederica-Polka premiered in London in June 1849. More than probable that he arrived there with his orchestra to be well away from the political upheavals in Austria and Germany at the time. Between we have the fun polka, Piefke und Pufke, and the most extended work on the disc, Das Wanderers Lebewohl.  Probably the demands made on him to produce a seemingly unending flow of new works, did lead to some scores that were undernourished in memorable melodic material. But there were still jewels, the short Alice Polka being utterly charming, while Manovir—here taken a jog-trot—has an infectious melody. …Christian Pollack…has been a safe and sure guide, while his Slovak Sinfonietta have played with an ideal feeling for the Viennese style. Very well recorded. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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