Città di Castello, San Domenico Church
Russell McGregor violin and conductor
Johann Strauss Ensemble
Eduard Strauss, Mit Extrapost Polka veloce op. 259
Johann Strauss (Sohn), Wiener Blut Valzer op. 354
Johann Strauss (Sohn), Banditen-Galopp Polka veloce op. 378
Josef Strauss, Aus der Ferne Polka-mazurca op. 270
Johann Strauss (Sohn), Vom Donaustrande Polka veloce op. 356
Johann Strauss (Sohn), Rosen aus dem Süden Valzer op. 388
Johann Schrammel, Wien bleibt Wien Marcia
Josef Strauss, Dorfschwalben aus Österreich Valzer op. 164
Johann Strauss (Sohn), Leichtes Blut Polka veloce op. 319
Philipp Fahrbach der Jüngere, Im Kahlenbergerdörfel Polka francese op. 340
Johann Strauss (Sohn), Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Polka op. 214
Johann Strauss (Sohn), An der schönen blauen Donau Valzer op. 314
It is impossible to pay tribute to Austria without including the Strauss legacy. The lightheartedness of late 19th century Viennese music, still today the symbol of Austrian culture, is presented by the principal musical group for this repertoire – the Johann Strauss Ensemble, founded in 1985 by several players of the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz.
The Ensemble is known throughout the world for the quality of its performance and the verve of its concerts. They play in a style known as Stehgeiger, chosen by Strauss, which requires the conductor, in this case the excellent English violinist Russel McGregor, to conduct and perform at the same time. McGregor, whose personal interpretation of the entire repertoire of the Strauss family is particularly admired, is also since 1997 the conductor of the Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra and regularly plays at the Vienna Musikverein.
The programme of waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and marches by Johann Strauss father and sons Johann, Eduard and Josef is enriched with the inclusion of interesting works by their contemporary and less known (at least in Italy) composers, namely Johann Schrammel and Philipp Fahrbach junior.