Tchaikovsky’s elegant Nutcracker Suite leads on from Brahms’
serious Hungarian Dance No.5, before Strauss II introduces us to the
boundless exuberance of the Polish March in his Trisch-Trasch Polka.
In the concert’s penultimate work Tchaikovsky transports the evening
to the magical halls of snowy Tsarist Russia with a regal waltz from
his ballet Sleeping Beauty. The evening reaches its climax with the
famous Blue Danube Waltz, not only proving the crowning jewel of a
fabulous night’s worth of music, but the coronation of Johann
Strauss II as the master of the Viennese waltz.
Strauss – Die Fledermaus Overture
Strauss – Trisch-trasch
Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Brahms – Hungarian Dance No.
Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite
Strauss – Blue Danube