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James A. Altena
Fanfare, January 2016

We should [be] grateful to Georgiadis, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice, and Marco Polo for having the vision and dedication to restore these delightful pieces to life. …Enthusiastically recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, November 2015

Georgiadis and the orchestra play this music very well and the sound is excellent. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Infodad.com, September 2015

CONTEMPORARIES OF THE STRAUSS FAMILY, Vol. 1 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Georgiadis) 8.225365
CONTEMPORARIES OF THE STRAUSS FAMILY, Vol. 2 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Georgiadis) 8.225366

…there was a great deal of excellent music written in a variety of dance forms in the late 19th century and early 20th, but very little of it is known by most people now except for the creations of the Strauss family. Hence the delightfulness of the 32 works on these two Marco Polo CDs, many of them world premières and many orchestrated and/or reconstructed by John Georgiadis, who leads the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice with enthusiasm and clear enjoyment of the material. The result of all the painstaking research, reconstruction, rehearsal and release of this material is two-and-a-half hours (on the two CDs) of absolute joy… The revival of these pieces and these composers makes for splendid listening tinged with appropriate wistfulness for a time long past. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



Raymond J. Walker
MusicWeb International, August 2015

CONTEMPORARIES OF THE STRAUSS FAMILY, Vol. 1 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Georgiadis) 8.225365
CONTEMPORARIES OF THE STRAUSS FAMILY, Vol. 2 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Georgiadis) 8.225366

These discs include some haunting tunes that had been forgotten for many years. With assistance from the Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain these works have risen to the surface again. The Czech Chamber Philharmonic has brought out good detail in their reading of the scores and the recordings have been made in an ideal ambience… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, June 2015

The Czech orchestra handles all this music very well and the program works as it moves through a variety of composers and pieces, all with musical threads that connect them to the height of Viennese ballrooms and a more glorious fin de siècle era. This is an infectious set of pieces that bodes well for the forthcoming second volume! © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

The popularity of the Strauss family has been such that a whole era of light music from central European composers of the 20th century has been neglected on disc. This new series from Marco Polo seeks to redress the situation, the present disc taking us back to Joseph Lanner, the originator of the waltz, the dance that was taken over by a member of his orchestra, Johann Strauss, the father of the famous family. Who stole from who is open to debate, but listen to Lanner’s Tourbillon Galopp, and I think it is an ‘open and shut’ case as to who was the finer of the two composers. Move forward to Strauss’s two sons and their rival was Carl Michael Ziehrer. Sample his John March, and you will hear someone who should never have been neglected, while in the two works by Joseph Hellemsburger—Gavotte d’enfants and Estudiantina Polka—take you to the most refined part of the Waltz era. In Northern Germany Oscar Fetras was rivaling anything coming out of Vienna with the Kinder Waltz, though the jewel of the disc comes in Iosef Ivanovici’s unforgettable Visuri de Aur Waltz. Moving to the end of the century when the operettas of Paul Lincke had taken over from the Strauss family, the effervescent overture to Venus auf Erden, brings the disc to a close. Sixteen tracks in all are played to the manor born by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Georgiadis. It has been my lot in life to review almost every major Viennese light music disc going right back to the days of Clemens Krauss, and I would place this among my top ten, few conductors…capturing this genre with such affection and without any trace of affectation. The detailed sound quality is beautiful. A rare jewel. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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