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David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2015

A brief ‘encore’ to the irresistible ‘Contemporaries of the Strauss Family’, a two disc release that has at last brought to our attention some sadly forgotten names. Most became lost under the deluge of music from the Strauss dynasty, though, as we have found out, those composers were writing equally charming and tuneful music. They have been rediscovered and arranged by the British conductor, John Georgiadis, with the help of a small team of researchers. They came out on Marco Polo 8.225365 and 8.225366, and I urge and beg of you to look for them and wallow in gorgeous melodies. You will find names you have probably never have heard of, such as Paul Lincke, the German-born composer who made his name conducting at the Folies-Berge in Paris, before his first operetta success at the age of thirty-three with Frau Luna. Set in the glamour of Paris and distinctly nostalgic, it was part of his prolific output of song and dance music. In the world of operetta our greatest loss has been the disappearance of Richard Heuberger’s music, Ihre Exzellenz, premiered in 1899, coming the year after his major success with Der Opernball. The hugely attractive overture makes one want to hear the work that followed. Frequently seen in England, and well away from the Strauss family, was Joseph Labitzky, many of his works reflecting his time in London, with the Albert Waltz dedicated to Prince Albert. As with the two major releases, the playing of the Czech orchestra is both idiomatic and of excellent quality. This encore comes only as a download from www.naxos.com. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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