Josef Strauss was born in Vienna on 22 August 1827, second son of Johann Strauss I. His chosen career was as an architect, although he studied music secretly. He eventually formed his own orchestra, and is to this day better known for his polkas than his waltzes. He died in Vienna on 21 July 1870.
CD Spotlight. Jack-of-All-Trades - Gerald Fenech listens to recordings by the Danish conductor Emil Reesen. '... full of dash and spirit ...'
CD Spotlight. Joyous Occasions - Music by members of the Strauss family delights Gerald Fenech. 'A thoroughly stimulating issue, dashingly performed by Estonian forces conducted by the veteran Neeme Järvi ...'
Ensemble. High Energy Performance - A 'Salute to Vienna' concert, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen