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Oliver Fraenzke
The New Listener, March 2020

Gottlieb Wallisch shows himself to be a fine and light-footed pianist who breathes wit and vibrancy without pathos and exaggerations of this music. With the simplest means, he approaches this entertaining music and thus creates a rousing carefreeness. In doing so, he arranges the melodies in a sung way, so that they always remain organic. The joke arises purely from the characteristics that are present in the music itself: some pianists would immediately underline them and thereby deprive them of the allure of subtlety, while Wallisch elicit a cheeky glow from them precisely through the casualness. © 2020 The New Listener

Records International, March 2020

Containing exactly what it says on the label and the vast majority of them first recordings. © 2020 Records International

Lark Reviews, February 2020

This is a delight throughout and I particularly enjoyed Krauss-Elka’s dance version of themes from Tannhauser and the final excerpt from Schulhoff’s Groteske. That said the whole disc is thoroughly entertaining and uplifting. © 2020 Lark Reviews

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, February 2020

…Wallisch is a pianist who has some rhythm in his soul, thus he attacks these pieces with relish, having so much fun with them that they’re infectious. And hey, he throws in a tango.

A fun album overall with a few hearty side dishes but also a lot of chocolate éclairs. © 2020 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2020

The 1920’s saw the young generation looking for an escapism from the horrors of the previous decade, and dancing became a craze in all its many manifestations.

Shimmies, Tangos and the Charleston were to be learned and danced, but it was the Foxtrot that became linked to those dances of a previous generation, and was readily accepted into the world of ‘classical’ composers who even took it into opera. So here the first three tracks are given to Ernst Krenek’s opera Jonny Strikes Up premiered in 1927. From therein the first part of the disc is shared between eight German composers, and the second part to the musical scene in Czechoslovakia, including Martinu, Weinberger and Schulhoff. Twenty-eight happy tracks of foot-tapping dances, most around the three minute mark, the tunes lasting in the memory for days after they are once again revived in our memory. They were very much music of their time, and I will sound desperately old when I add that the much acclaimed Austrian concert-hall pianist, Gottlieb Wallisch, does not quite capture the style I heard in my younger years, when played by those pianists brought up performing them in the world’s dance halls. Its often as ephemeral as a slight hesitation that added to their fascination, and a ‘feel’ for those ‘naughty’ days that took them a long way from four-square rectitude. Still for me it has been a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and good to hear them again seventy-odd years on. I hope the series will long continue. Excellent sound. © 2020 David’s Review Corner

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