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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, 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 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

Classic FM, July 2015

…all [works are] played with huge enthusiasm and gusto by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic under John Georgiadis, who is to be commended for uncovering so many lost classics. © 2015 Classic FM Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2015

The second volume in a series of releases that will explore the many composers that were contemporaries with the Strauss family and those who were to follow. The commercial music world having decided to concentrate on works from the Strauss dynasty, a whole generation of central European musicians, who were composing Viennese light music, has been forgotten, a situation that is here being redressed. The notes with this excellent release describe how the music has been located, and we are much in the debt of John Georgiadis who has orchestrated and reassembled scores from many sources. He has so far introduced us to eighteen composers on the two discs, many whose name has been totally forgotten. An example is the Mexican, Juventino Rosas, who died at the age of twenty-six, yet in a small catalogue of works has been found the gorgeous waltz, Ensueño Seductor. History would like us to believe papa Strauss was largely responsible for the dance craze, but there were many before him, including the Czech-born, Joseph Labitzky, whose infectious tune in the Immergrün Galopp must have once been highly popular as it was performed in places as far distant as concerts in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. Likewise there were many who continued the tradition into the 20th century including Paul Lincke whose operettas and revues enjoyed great success, and is here represented by the lengthy Im Walzerrausch Waltz and the vivacious overture to Berliner Luft. Sixteen tracks, all recorded for the first time, with the melody of Karel Komzák II’s Blonde Poste Restante Polka going around my head for days, though that it was nowehere hear as persistent as Iosef Ivanovici’s lazy polka L’Odalisque. I wrote at the close of my review of the first edition that few conductors capture this genre with such affection, and it is equally true here, while the playing captures the era to perfection. True jewels in the world of light music. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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