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Invitation to the Waltz

Episode 1 Invitation to the Waltz

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Summary

The story of the Waltz Kings: today Donald Macleod charts the rise of Johann Strauss I and the emergence of the waltz from a rustic village dance into an elegant art-form sweeping Europe. From its origins in the simple country dancing which came down river from the Black Forest, the waltz grew to become the signature tune of Viennese high society, and the Strauss family its most exuberant exponents. Johann Strauss the elder soon came to dominate the scene with his own high-octane orchestra and his ever-more sophisticated compositions. The highest levels of European society - including Queen Victoria - tripped the light fantastic to the music of the man who became known as the Waltz King. Trad: Ländler aus Oberbayern Kreuther Musikanten J Strauss I: Tauberlin-Walzer, Op 1 Christian Pollack, conductor Camerata Cassovia J Strauss I: Sperls Fest-Walzer, Op 30 Ernst Marzendorfer, conductor Slovak Sinfonietta J Strauss I: Wilhelm Tell-Galoppe, Op 29b Ernst Marzendorfer, conductor Slovak Sinfonietta J Strauss I: Hofball Tanze, Walzer, Op 51 Ernst Marzendorfer, conductor Slovak Sinfonietta J Strauss I: Cachucha-Galopp, Op 97 Ernst Marzendorfer, conductor Slovak Sinfonietta J Strauss I: Huldigung der Königin von Grossbritannien, Walzer, Op 103 John Georgiadis, director London Symphony Orchestra J Strauss I: Wiener Carnevals-Quadrille, Op 124 Ernst Marzendorfer, conductor Slovak Sinfonietta J Strauss I: Loreley-Rhein-Klänge, Walzer, Op 154 Willi Boskovsky, conductor Wiener Philharmoniker Producer: Dominic Jewel.