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Track(s) taken from CDA67169

Exeter-Polka, Op 249

composer
1849

The Gaudier Ensemble
Recording details: December 1999
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2000
Total duration: 1 minutes 56 seconds
 
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Reviews

'Played with a controlled panache that adds extra fizz to the music’s already infectious gaiety' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The Gaudier Ensemble regularly wins rave reviews here and elsewhere. This disc easily sustains their reputation as ideal in every way. Sad must be the soul who would not be enchanted by this release' (Fanfare, USA)

'A constant delight' (Hi-Fi News)
The Exeter-Polka was created in connection with a real-life journey of Johann Strauss himself to London from April to July 1849. This was his second visit to the British capital, following an earlier one for Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838. One of the London venues at which he and his band played was the Exeter Hall, which stood in the Strand where the Strand Palace Hotel is today. It was for the first of his concerts there, on 14 May 1849, that Strauss composed the Exeter-Polka. Alas it was to prove one of the very last of all of his compositions. Shortly after his return to Vienna he contracted scarlet fever from one of his illegitimate children and died on 25 September at the age of only 45.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2000

L’Exeter-Polka se rapporte à un authentique voyage de Johann Strauss à Londres, d’avril à juillet 1849. Il s’agissait de son second séjour dans la capitale britannique, le premier s’étant déroulé à l’occasion du couronnement de la reine Victoria, en 1838. À Londres, il joua notamment, avec son orchestre, à l’Exeter Hall, qui se dressait à la place de l’actuel Strand Palace Hotel. Ce fut pour son premier concert, le 14 mai 1849, que Strauss composa l’Exeter-Polka, qui devait être, hélas, l’une de ses toute dernières compositions. Peu après son retour à Vienne, il contracta en effet la scarlatine auprès de l’un de ses enfants illégitimes et mourut le 25 septembre – il n’avait que quarante-cinq ans.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 2000
Français: Hypérion

Die Exeter-Polka entstand aus Anlaß einer Reise, die Johann Strauß persönlich vom April bis Juli 1849 nach London unternahm. Es war sein zweiter Besuch in der britischen Hauptstadt – der erste war 1838 zur Krönung von Königin Viktoria erfolgt. Einer der Säle, in denen er mit seinem Ensemble auftrat, war die Exeter Hall, die damals an der Straße The Strand stand, wo sich heute das Strand Palace Hotel erhebt. Für das erste seiner dortigen Konzerte am 14. Mai 1849 komponierte Strauß die Exeter-Polka. Leider sollte sie sich als eines seiner letzten Werke erweisen. Kurz nach seiner Rückkehr nach Wien steckte er sich bei einem seiner unehelichen Kinder mit Scharlach an und starb am 25. September im Alter von nur fünfundvierzig Jahren.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 2000
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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