After the Kirkby-Lunn diversion last year, I’ve returned to Viennese fare to welcome 2019. It seems I’ve had a busy year, as I completely failed to upload anything during 2018.

The two records presented here are from the Classics Club label. This venture, which began in the mid to late 1950s, initially used sources from Urania and Concert Hall Society / Musical Masterpiece Society. Many of these were withdrawn when CHS set up a UK branch in 1961. Some years later it bought up the struggling Saga label, so later Classics Club recordings also saw reissue on Saga. A discography can be found at CRQ Editions

J Strauss II – Voices of Spring Waltz – Herbert Kegel, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra


J Strauss II – Blue Danube Waltz – Herbert Kegel, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra


J Strauss II – The Gipsy Baron – Overture – Hermann Abendroth, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra


J Strauss II – Artist’s Life Waltz – Hermann Abendroth, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Classics Club – Collector 103 (10″ LP)
Issued June 1958
Recorded c1950, Leipzig


J Strauss II – At Home Waltz – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Explosions Polka – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Egyptian March – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Oh Lovely Maiden Waltz – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Joy of Living Waltz – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Sparkling Blood Polka – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Kiss Waltz – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Tik-Tak Polka – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


J Strauss II – Lagoon – Waltz from A Night in Venice – Hans Hagen, Vienna Philharmusica Orchestra


The Classics Club – Collector 120 (10″ LP)
Issued September 1958
Recorded c1950, Vienna

(mp3 files – click to play, or right click the link, then select “Save as”)