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Infodad.com, January 2014

…Christian Pollack proves himself an absolutely first-rate advocate of this music, which the Slovak Sinfonietta Ĺ˝ilina plays with verve, enthusiasm and a sure sense of style from start to finish…Strauss Sr. wrote occasional music, designed to enliven people’s humdrum existence and give them something to celebrate year after year, through consistently beautiful themes and rhythms that made dancing seem as natural as breathing. His legacy is beautifully served by the first-rate Marco Polo series devoted to it. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2013

We have reached the twenty-fifth and final volume in this marathon project to record the complete orchestral works of the father of the Strauss dynasty…the Soldaten-Lieder waltz, with its nice bouncy content, can be listed among his most enjoyable scores. Deutsche Jubellaute would appear to be his last waltz, though, as the enclosed booklet details, it might have had previous origins, while the Quadrille ohne Titel (Quadrille without title) has a similar uncertain background. So it could be the brief Exeter polka, written for his London visit, that was his last completed score, the Radetsky-Bankett march, which ends the disc, found in an incomplete manuscript, though it may well have been an abandoned piece written sometime earlier. The Slovak Sinfonietta and the recording team have been good and faithful servants throughout this long project, and they would surely have delighted the composer. © 2013 David’s Review Corner





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