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Composer: Strauss, Josef (1827-1870)

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Year of birth1827
Year of death1870
NationalityAustria
PeriodRomantic
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ChicagoSymphony Ball

Brahms, Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, Strauss II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Riccardo Muti; David Fray
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A turbulent Mahler 6 from Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst © Satoshi Aoyagi
Conductor and virtuoso orchestra never lingered, and the audience was riveted by this taut performance.
****1
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A concert of two halves from Pittsburgh Symphony

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A stuttering first half of Adams and Dvořák redeemed by a magical Mahler 1.
***11
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Melodies from the Habsburg Empire

Iván Fischer © Chris Christodoulou
Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra gave a breath-taking performance, with  concentration and class.
*****
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Game, set and match to Prom 3

Gabby Logan and Phil Tufnell at the Sports Prom © Chris Christodoulou
This was the first time I've been to a concert with a 10:30 kick-off, but then this was the first of its kind. Nor did the inaugural Sport Prom turn out to be merely a game of two halves...
****1
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