Notes & Reviews:
The most famous and enduringly successful composer of 19th-century light music, Johann Strauss II captivated not only Vienna but the whole of Europe and America with his abundantly tuneful waltzes, polkas, quadrilles and marches. This unique collection brings together for the first time ever his entire orchestral output. The Strauss Edition, originally 52 separate releases on the Marco Polo label, represents a milestone in recording history and is celebrated by this beautiful boxed set.
... this music is wonderful. Strauss was a master tunesmith, a superb craftsman, a fine orchestra leader and the undisputed king of a certain type of music that has brought tremendous joy and joie de vivre to millions of people - and shows no sign of losing popularity in the more-than-a-century since the composer's death. Whenever a year ends and a new one begins, it makes sense to do our best to look ahead with hope that the future will be better than the past, that the uncertain events still to come will surpass our expectations and deliver pleasures yet unknown and yet unexperienced. That is precisely what Johann Strauss Jr.: The Complete Orchestral Edition delivers: voluminous pleasures of all types, beautifully constructed and presented in solid and often top-notch performances, a cornucopia - horn of plenty - of musical pleasure not to be found anywhere else. This is one CD set whose pleasures neither cloy nor diminish with time.
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