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Mondnacht auf der Alster
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‘Oscar Fetrás’ was the pen-name of the Hamburg conductor Otto Faster (1854–1931), who was such an ardent fan of the ‘Waltz King’ Johann Strauss that he not only composed in similar style but also built up an important collection of Strauss memorabilia and even modelled his appearance on his idol. This indebtedness is well displayed in his most successful waltz, Mondnacht auf der Alster (‘Moonlight on the Alster’), which dates from around 1890. Just as Strauss’s most celebrated waltz takes its name from Vienna’s principal waterway, the Danube, so too is Fetrás’s named after Hamburg’s—the tributary of the Elbe that at Hamburg forms two lakes, the Inner and Outer Alster.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66998 track 14
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-99814
Duration
8'08
Recording date
25 July 1997
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. European Light Music Classics (CDA66998)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: January 1998
    Deletion date: December 2012
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