Strauss J

Strauss J

Johann Strauss II (October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899), also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger, the Son (German: Sohn), Johann Baptist Strauss, was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King", and was largely then responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century.

Strauss had two younger brothers, Josef and Eduard Strauss, who became composers of light music as well, although they were never as well known as their elder brother. Some of Johann Strauss' most famous works include "The Blue Danube", "Kaiser-Walzer" (Emperor Waltz), "Tales from the Vienna Woods", and the "Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka". Among his operettas, Die Fledermaus and Der Zigeunerbaron are the best known.

Strauss was admired by other prominent composers: Richard Wagner once admitted that he liked the waltz "Wein, Weib und Gesang" Op. 333. Richard Strauss (unrelated to the Strauss family), when writing his Rosenkavalier waltzes, said in reference to Johann Strauss, "How could I forget the laughing genius of Vienna?"

Johannes Brahms was a personal friend of Strauss; the latter dedicated his waltz "Seid umschlungen, Millionen!" ("Be Embraced, You Millions!"), Op. 443, to him. A story is told in biographies of both men that Strauss's wife Adele approached Brahms with a customary request that he autograph her fan. It was usual for the composer to inscribe a few measures of his best-known music, and then sign his name. Brahms, however, inscribed a few measures from the "Blue Danube", and then wrote beneath it: "Unfortunately, NOT by Johannes Brahms."

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Strauss J

Strauss J

Johann Strauss II (October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899), also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger, the Son (German: Sohn), Johann Baptist Strauss, was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King", and was largely then responsible for th...

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    NICOLAI The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture
    ELGAR
    Serenade for Strings
    HANDEL-BEECHAM
    Love in Bath: The Great Elopement
    DELIUS
    The Walk to the Paradise Garden
    J. STRAUSS II
    Voices of Spring
    Live broadcast on ABC/Blue Network, 4pm, 7 April 1945
    Total duration: 54:43

    Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
    Blue Network Symphony Orchestra

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    Music by J STRAUSS II, JOSEF STRAUSS, KOMZÁK, ZIEHRER

    Recorded in 1955
    Total duration 26:34

    Deutschmeister Band
    Leader: Julius Herrmann

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    J STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus

    Recorded 1960
    Total duration: 1hr 57:05

    Hilde Gueden
    Waldemar Kmentt
    Erika Köth
    Regina Resnik
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & State Opera Chorus
    Herbert von Karajan
    , conductor
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    J STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus: Ballet & Gala (various composers)

    J STRAUSS II Waltzes and Overtures

    Recorded Vienna 1960 and Berlin 1940-42
    Total duration: 74:28

    Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson,
    Jussi Björling, Leontyne Price
    Ettore Bastianini, Joan Sutherland
    Ljuba Welitsch et al
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & State Opera Chorus
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Herbert von Karajan, conductor
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    Music by JOSEF and JOHANN STRAUSS

    Recorded 1951-53
    Total duration: 48:18

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conducted by Clemens Krauss 

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    J STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus

    Recorded 1950
    Total duration: 1hr 32:28

    Soloists
    Vienna State Opera Chorus
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor: Clemens Krauss

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    Music by JOSEF and JOHANN STRAUSS
    Recorded in 1952
    Total Duration: 46:45
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor Clemens Krauss

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    STRAUSS (arr. Désormière) Le Beau Danube
    ROSSINI William Tell - Ballet Music

    Recorded in 1955
    Total duration: 38:36

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    conducted by Jean Martinon

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    J. STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus (in English)

    Recorded 1950-51
    Total duration: 89:47

    Ljuba Welitsch
    Lily Pons
    Martha Lipton
    Richard Tucker
    Charles Kullman
    John Brownlee
    Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
    conducted by Eugene Ormandy
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    J. STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus (in English)

    Recorded 20 September, 1950
    Total duration: 59:19 

    Regina Resnik • Patrice Munsel • Risë Stevens
    Jan Peerce • James Melton • Robert Merrill
    RCA Victor Orchestra
    Robert Shaw Chorale
    Fritz Reiner, conductor
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    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
    J. STRAUSS II Waltzes and Polkas
    Recorded 1953 and 1955
    Total duration: 75:44

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    conductor William Steinberg

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    J. STRAUSS, DVOŘÁK, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, SAINT-SAËNS, SIBELIUS, BRAHMS, SCHUBERT, MUSSORGSKY, R. STRAUSS, EICHHEIM, PUCCINI, HOFFSTETTER

    Acoustic studio recordings, 1919-1924
    Total duration: 64:44

    Leopold Stokowski, conductor
    The Philadelphia Orchestra