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Johann Strauss II–Best waltzes and performers (vol. 4, part 2)

Finally! After 7 years, the final volume in Johann Strauss’ best waltzes has come to be. Imagine – the last volume was in 2013 which was a damn freaking long time ago. You can still access volume 4, part 1 … Continue reading

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Johann Strauss II–Best waltzes and performers (vol. 4) Part 1

(Link to vol. 1 – please click here) (opus 1- 199) (Link to vol. 2 – please click here) (opus 200 – 299) (Link to vol. 3 part 1 – please click here) (opus 300 – 350) (Link to vol. … Continue reading

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Johann Strauss II – Best waltzes and performers (vol. 3) Part 2

(the first part of Vol. 3 can be read here) In this Part 2, I’d be covering the more famous waltzes from the mid opus 300s onwards. We now start with another quintessential Viennese classic – (1) Wiener Blut (“Vienna … Continue reading

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Johann Strauss II – Best waltzes and performers (vol. 3) Part 1

(2nd volume can be read here) It’s time again for another segment of Johann Strauss Jr’s best waltzes again. I really need to take a break from writing exclusively on the Arsenal – it’s never my intention to do so … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s symphonies

For the classical music repertoire, I’m an ardent fan of Johann Strauss II’s music but when I tire of waltzes and polkas, I regularly tune in to Beethoven. I’m not exactly mad about Beethoven to the extent of going online … Continue reading

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Johann Strauss II – Best waltzes and performers (vol. 2)

This is the 2nd volume of the first post here. Rise to fame era (opus 201 – 299)   Johann Strauss’ development period was over by the opus 100-something mark and the next one hundred works bore some of his … Continue reading

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Johann Strauss II – Best waltzes and performers (vol. 1)

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Herr Maestro! 25 October 2011 marks the 186th anniversary of the birth of Johann Strauss II. I’m not aware of any commemoration or similar festivities being held in his native Vienna but I’d like to do … Continue reading

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La Belle Excentrique – Erik Satie

Erik Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925) was best known for his 1888 work ‘Trois Gymnopédies’ which is a set of three placid-sounding yet hauntingly beautiful and reflective piano compositions (although in my estimation, the first … Continue reading

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Má Vlast (“My Fatherland”) – Bedřich Smetana

  Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was better known as the founding father of Czech music though posterity seems to have favoured fellow Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. Personally, I rate both their works as excellent although … Continue reading

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Johann Strauss II (25 October 1825 – 3 June 1899)

  It’s the 185th anniversary of the Waltz King’s birthday today. Thus, we recollect our thoughts on the suave, charismatic and flamboyant composer of Viennese waltzes and other dance music. I’m certain that many Strauss fans have waxed lyrical over … Continue reading

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