Josef Strauss

Dorfschwalben aus Österreich (Austrian Village Swallows), waltz for orchestra, Op. 164

    Description by Robert Cummings

    The Austrian Village Swallows Waltz is one of the most popular works by this supposedly lesser figure in the Strauss family, Josef. He was the second oldest son of Johann I and a somewhat withdrawn person -- immensely talented, though, and some say perhaps the greatest of the Strauss family of composers. He often exhibited an expressive depth in his music that surpassed that in Johann II's. "Depth" may not be the most desirable quality in writing Viennese waltzes or so-called "light classics," but Josef could also turn out thoroughly light music, too, as evidenced by this effort. The Swallows Waltz opens in a subdued mood, with the morning sun seeming to rise and nature to awaken. Soon, the lively but unhurried waltz theme is presented, a joyous, carefree creation punctuated by chirps from birds. In modern recordings, taped birdsong is often employed here and at the end of the work. The middle section is jaunty and vigorous, full of brightness and high spirits. In general, the sunny mood of the waltz derives from a mixture of the pastoral and playful and from Strauss' deft instrumentation. The main theme returns in the latter pages, birds singing, to close out this approximately 12-minute waltz.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Decca 4832500
    2017 Decca 4832499
    2016 Decca 4789679
    2015 Warner Classics 2564619354
    2015 Sony Classical 88875030292
    2015 Sony Classical 88875037912
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032032
    2014 ZYX / ZYX Classics ZYX 450492
    2014 ZYX / ZYX Classics ZYX 450492E
    2014 Solo Musica / Wiener Symphoniker WS 005
    2014 Warner Classics 2564622239
    2013 Decca / Polydor 5338681
    2013 Decca 4785437
    2013 Teldec 83563
    2013 Zebralution
    2012 Acanta 233352
    2011 EMI / Warner Classics 5099908288929
    2011 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2011 Newton Classics 8802069
    2010 ZYX 10099
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2009 Berlin Classics 0149572
    2009 Music Digital / Zebralution
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Decca 4765894
    2008 Berlin Classics 0094822BC
    2008 Berlin Classics 0014442BC
    2008 Elite Special / Zebralution
    2008 Music & Melody 12002
    2008 Dutton Vocalion / Vocalion 4351
    2008 Decca 001061102
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Universal Distribution 4800849
    2008 Madacy Entertainment 53757
    2008 Decca 4780223
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon 4400734372
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2007 Kultur 4193
    2007 Berlin Classics 0186002
    2006 Berlin Classics 0185702
    2006 Camerata Records 28064
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99083
    2006 RCA Red Seal 71615
    2005 Opus KURA 7008
    2005 Edition HERA 2004
    2005 JVC Compact Discs 24025
    2005 RCA Red Seal 67890
    2005 Documents 222049
    2004 Deutsche Grammophon 000370602
    2004 ASV/Living Era / Living Era CDAJA 5500
    2004 Archipel 225
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 86019
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 74528
    2002 Ar-Express / AR-Express 74321951412
    2001 T-Rax B49
    2001 Melodram 40051
    2001 Teldec 8573-83563-9
    2001 Teldec 83563
    2001 Brilliant 99263
    2001 Golden Stars 5310
    2000 AR-Express 74321773682
    2000 Laserlight 14312
    2000 T-Rax 34
    2000 Preiser Records 90395
    2000 Sonora 5022
    2000 Sony Music Distribution 89383
    2000 Delta Distribution 24464
    2000 Laserlight 24480
    2000 Madacy 384
    2000 Líderes 950024
    2000 LaserLight 14304
    1999 Magic Talent 48052
    1999 Preiser Records 90336
    1999 Marco Polo 8 223619
    1999 Biddulph Recordings 002
    1999 Universal 558705
    1999 National Own
    1999 Eurodisc 258663
    1998 Preiser Records 90314
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 457729
    1997 London 455254
    1997 Laserlight 15986
    1996 Golden Memories 3013
    1996 Philips 4522933
    1996 Philips
    1996 Preiser Records 89224
    1995 Madacy Distribution / GMS Records / Madacy LPC-7610
    1995 Koch Discover International DICD920240
    1995 London 443473
    1995 Madacy 8704
    1995 Curb 78002
    1995 RCA 68160
    1995 Eurodisc 7432129362
    1994 Reference Recordings 3607
    1994 Madacy 5615
    1994 Madacy 9117
    1994 Madacy 1025
    1994 Mercury 434338
    1992 Sony Music Distribution 48376
    1992 London 433682
    1992 Deutsche Grammophon 435335
    1991 Pilz 304
    1991 BMG 60844
    1991 Tuxedo Music TUXCD 1073
    Phonographe 5106
    Teledisc 3
    RIV 53
    ART 003659
    RCA 5405
    Mercury 522933
    Winterthur 92
    Music Partner Vienna 416007
    Donau 8060
    Evosound 014
    Brilliant Classics 99086
    Maxiplay 808
    RCA 60177
    Brilliant 99295
    Decca 436520
    Intersound 2028
    ZYX Music 11903
    Madacy 20380
    Avui 13
    Vanguard 8078
    Madacy Entertainment 53758
    Pilz 160304
    Polyhymnia 2140