Neeme Järvi and his Estonian National Symphony Orchestra celebrate Johann Strauss II's frequent trips to Russia in an exhilarating album

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Daily Mail

By David Mellor

This exhilarating album celebrates the frequent tours Johann Strauss II and his musicians made to St Petersburg in the 1850s and 1860s.

The veteran conductor Neeme Järvi cleverly mixes core Strauss family favourites played at these concerts, such as the waltz Wine, Women And Song and the Pizzicato-Polka, with especially composed Russian pieces.

At 83 minutes, this is an exceptionally generous selection. The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra plays extremely well for Järvi, now almost 80, and who first became their principal conductor 54 years ago.

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