Johann Strauss II - Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437

Strauss often played in the glittering Imperial balls, conducting the orchestra and playing the first violin at the same time.   The majestic launch of this fascinating waltz presents the backdrop of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the hegemony of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph in 1888. Johann Strauss II was Music Director of the Dance Hesperides of the Imperial Court from 1863 to 1872 and composed on occasion for the celebration of an imperial anniversary. The ingenuity of the melody of the Emperor Waltz, which was originally orchestrated for a full orchestra, is such that it was easily adapted for the four or five instruments of a chamber ensemble by the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg in 1925. This waltz is a tender and somewhat melancholic work, which at times turns its gaze nostalgically to the old Vienna. The waltz praises the majesty and dignity of the old monarch, who was fully devoted to his people. It begins with a majestic, magnificent march, which soon re

Verdi - Introduction

The man and the artist coexist in a unique way in Verdi. The approach of his personality reveals an innate sensitivity identical to the musical mood of romance. His music reveals an evolving anthropocentrism, which is not only dependent on the characters of his lyrical dramas.

Dedicated to opera, he opposes logical sentiment, dialectic simplicity, philosophical worldview, life itself. Verdi was not a pioneer, he was not an innovator.

"Let's go back to the old days. This will be progress" he believed, knowing well that such a dogmatic view would create a multitude of wars, not only for the present, but also for the future of his music. But the proponents of his music, including Igor Stravinsky and the facts, vindicated him.

Serving the art of music with ingenuity envious and ingenuity modest and aristocratic at the same time, Giuseppe Verdi inconclusively enriched the repertoire of lyrical theatre. In the twenty seven romantic musical dramas he composed, the myth and music are so inextricably linked that one increases the emotional power and the effectiveness of the other.

His music is genuine and sincere, structured with earthy rhythms and melodies and celestial soundscapes, having the ability of direct seductiveness. Of course, the opera and with it those who love it, should be grateful to him.