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If on a summer’s evening you find yourself waltzing through the park with a song in your heart, that song’s melody may well have been composed by Johann Strauss the Younger.
Ivan and Inge Berg present Johann Strauss the Younger, an audio evocation - complete with deftly interwoven selections from Strauss’s compositions - of Strauss the man and of his city, 19th-century Vienna. Richard Mayes and Marcia Warren’s narration is spirited, lovely, and punctuated with exuberant voice-overs that sound like they were recorded on the evening of a Strauss premiere. At only an hour long, this audiobook is a great introduction for a novice, or a pleasurable romp for an afficionado...and may tempt the listener into donning an evening dress or a black tuxedo.
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Its opening bars can bring a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat. It is at once the most romantic and sentimental melody ever written. It is of course the The Blue Danube Waltz, composed by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss the Younger. For more than 60 years Strauss captivated audiences with his evocations of Viennese joi de vivre; yet his own life was often sad. This programme makes use of fascinating contemporary writings as well as the wonderful music itself.
©1977 David Allen (P)1977 Ivan & Inge Berg
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