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Michael Mark
American Record Guide, November 2012

Hungarian-born Josef Gung’l, known as the Strauss of Berlin, was a noted composer and conductor of light music who gave 61 concerts with his orchestra in Stockholm in 1871 in the city’s Hazel Hill (Hasselbacken) section. This recording is an attempt to recreate such an evening: light music from Germany (including a march by Josef Gung’l’s nephew Johann), Denmark, Hungary, and of course Vienna.

Eichenholz recorded a nice Strauss Sr disc for Naxos some years ago, and I’m glad to report that this new release is also pleasant listening. He doesn’t lead as if all these pieces are Viennese. He recognizes stylistic matters and is alert to tempos and rhythmic nuances. These performances are leisurely but always sparkling. The booklet contains good, extensive biographical notes about the composers and bios of the conductor and his responsive orchestra, all in small print. © 2012 American Record Guide

Giv Cornfield
The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics, June 2012

The second half of the 19th century was the heyday of Viennese popular music, and the Strausses, Lanner and other waltz-kings and princes thrived in most European capitals. This fascinating collection serves to introduce the music of the Gung’ls (uncle and nephew) of Berlin, Keler, Lumbye and other worthies of the waltz world, in a recreation of an imagined concert at the once-pupular Hazel Hill in Stockholm. The Stockholm Strauss Orchestra is led by Mika Eichenholz in idiomatic performances of a great-sounding potpourri of a time gone by. © 2012 The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics

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