20 Jul 2013
Following the sellout 2011 tour, The Johann Strauss Ensemble returns to Australia to captivate audiences with the waltzes and polkas of Austria in ‘Vienna on Fire.’
Established in 1985 by musicians of the famous Bruckner Orchestra, the Ensemble has forged an impressive international reputation and is today regarded as one of the most authentic and esteemed interpreters of the quintessential music of its namesake Johann Strauss. The Ensemble perform in the original ‘Stehgeiger’ style adopted by Strauss himself, where the leader is both Conductor and Soloist at the same time. Today that role is appropriated by the brilliant and charismatic violinist Russell McGregor, himself an Australian who moved to Vienna over 20 years ago in pursuit of a musical career. Under his directorship, the Johann Strauss Ensemble returns to Melbourne following their successful 2011 Australian tour.
Alongside the famous works of Vienna’s founding Romantic composer Johann Strauss, the Ensemble incorporates pieces by his sons Eduard and Josef, who would continue his legacy long after his passing, as well as popular works composed by Strauss’ contemporaries. Their performance style is informal, shot through with an anecdotal humour and a physicality that sets them apart from many staid, traditional orchestras. The Ensemble has enthralled audiences of all ages throughout Europe, Russia, Japan and Australia, bringing with it a wonderful introduction to the pure sound of Vienna that has captivated audiences for over two centuries.