Josef Strauss

Delirien Waltz, for orchestra, Op. 212

    Description by Robert Cummings

    The Delirien Waltz starts off with a tremolo from the winds immediately creating a mood of suspense, much like a prelude to a dramatic scene in a Wagner opera. When the waltz theme is finally introduced, things lighten considerably as the world of Viennese Strauss dances comes on in heavy doses. Yet, the menace from the introduction lingers a bit before yielding to the gaiety and thereafter, the darker atmosphere from the opening makes only subtle re-appearances in the harmonies and rhythms. Josef Strauss was known to have a melancholic personality, a disposition that may have contributed to his deeper harmonic sense and more subtle and imaginative handling of thematic material than the other family members. Though he was not as facile as Johann II in creating the fluff and glitter associated with the Viennese light dance music genre, he was nevertheless quite proficient at it, as the Delirien Waltz demonstrates. Its main theme has a relaxed, festive manner in its graceful poise. As usual, Josef deftly mixes moments of relaxation with bursts of celebration. About midway through, there is a witty section, wherein single strokes on the timpani colorfully punctuate phrases. The ensuing playful music is quite appealing, too, as is the demure return of the main theme. This waltz lasts about ten minutes and must be assessed as one of Josef Strauss' finest efforts in the genre.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2016
    Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution
    88875173752
    2015
    Sony Classical
    88875032032
    2014
    Warner Classics
    2564633618
    2013
    Preiser Records
    PR 91236
    2013
    Da Capo Austria
    1458
    2013
    Preiser Records
    PR90817
    2012
    Deutsche Grammophon
    002894770055
    2012
    Sony Classical / Sony Music
    88697927102
    2012
    Sony Classical
    88691913772
    2012
    Excalibur
    EXRCD 620
    2011
    Various Artists
    EMI / Warner Classics
    5099908288929
    2010
    Membran
    232577
    2010
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2010
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2010
    Various Artists
    Denon Records
    2009
    Elite Special / Zebralution
    2009
    Music Digital / Zebralution
    2009
    Music Digital / Zebralution
    2008
    Various Artists
    Elite Special / Zebralution
    2008
    Decca
    19
    2008
    Deutsche Grammophon
    453052
    2008
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099951203
    2008
    Various Artists
    Decca
    4780223
    2008
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4400734372
    2007
    Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4776630
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    000828902
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    477754
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4776336
    2006
    Arts Music
    47709
    2005
    Platinum Disc
    3769
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    Edition HERA
    2006
    2005
    Platinum Entertainment
    3723
    2005
    Platinum Entertainment
    34842
    2005
    Platinum Entertainment
    3487
    2005
    RCA Red Seal
    67890
    2005
    Various Artists
    Documents
    222049
    2004
    Deutsche Grammophon
    000370602
    2004
    EMI Music Distribution
    86019
    2003
    Deutsche Grammophon
    474250
    2003
    EMI Music Distribution
    75962
    2002
    EMI Music Distribution
    74528
    2001
    Preiser Records
    90455
    2001
    EMI Music Distribution
    66396
    2001
    Marco Polo
    8 223622
    2001
    Various Artists
    Brilliant
    99263
    2001
    Legacy Entertainment
    CBX003
    2000
    Platinum Disc / Platinum Entertainment
    1727
    2000
    Sony Music Distribution
    89383
    2000
    LaserLight
    14306
    1999
    Vanguard
    820910
    1999
    Platinum Entertainment
    625
    1999
    Platinum Entertainment
    1401
    1999
    Eurodisc
    258664
    1997
    London
    455254
    1997
    Arte Nova
    74321 43309-2
    1997
    Laserlight
    15986
    1996
    Deutsche Grammophon
    445 570-2GMA
    1996
    Forlane
    16566
    1995
    Eurodisc
    7432129362
    1993
    Deutsche Grammophon
    437255
    1989
    Deutsche Grammophon
    427820
    1987
    Deutsche Grammophon / PolyGram
    419616
    1983
    Deutsche Grammophon
    410027
    EMI Music Distribution
    76879
    EMI Music Distribution
    63456
    Decca
    001078802
    Musical Heritage Society
    5189782
    ORF
    027
    London
    425429
    Brilliant
    99293
    Neiro
    5671
    Penny/Newsound Ltd.
    0113
    Vanguard
    8078