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
WAGNER Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Funeral March
SIBELIUS Pelléas et Mélisande Suite: The Death of Mélisande
MOZART
Divertimento, K 131: Adagio
SCHUBERT
Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished.”
TCHAIKOVSKY
Serenade in C: Elegie
BERLIOZ
Les Troyens: Trojan March
MOZART  Symphony No. 31
HANDEL-BEECHAM 
Piano Concerto

CHABRIER
España

MOZART The Impressario - Overture
SAINT-SAENS Omphale’s Spinning Wheel
BERLIOZ The Trojans - Royal Hunt and Storm
BERLIOZ Hungarian March

Recorded in 1945

Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
Blue Network Symphony Orchestra

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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