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This delightful CD features the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Michael Dittrich, Christian Pollack, Alfred Eschwé and Manfred Müssauer) in dances by Strauss based on music by Offenbach and others, including Gounod. This irresistible and life-affirming music would make even the most churlish listener want to join in the dance. © 2016 Read complete review, November 2014

Strauss’ music flows so naturally and delightfully that even listeners unfamiliar with the original stage works will revel in this recording—but ones who do know the original operas and operettas will enjoy the performances even more… © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

The father of the Strauss dynasty decided on the careers his three sons should follow, the army chosen for Josef who wanted to become an architect and engineer. His elder brother, Johann, had a third idea with eyes on him becoming part of a family music business that was now hectically busy and needed the help of Josef as a conductor of a Strauss orchestra. The sight of audience adulation of Offenbach’s operettas was to spark an idea that the famous melodies could be turned into fashionable Quadrilles, and he set himself the objective of writing a new work within weeks of each operetta’s Vienna premiere. Under the title ‘Josef Strauss meets Offenbach’ , we here have a compilation from previous Marco Polo releases of that series of works. In many cases it was Strauss’ Quadrille that remained in the repertoire long after the operetta had been forgotten, and in many cases Strauss added much to the attraction of the original. Marco Polo called upon many conductors steeped in Viennese light music traditions, and went back to Czechoslovak orchestras, the country that had supplied most of Vienna’s instrumentalists in the Strauss era. The result are performances that recapture those heady days of Imperial Vienna. The recordings date from 1995 to 2001 and are pleasing in quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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