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Published on Apr 27, 2009
JOHANN & ALEKSEY Strauss in Russia, Igudesman in Vienna Aleksey Igudesman, Violine, Voice, Directing Ambassade Orchester Wien
Live from the Konzerthaus, Vienna
"On his summer trips, Johann Strauss was often seen strolling with Maria Olgovna, Aleksey Igudesmans great-great-grandmother in the Pavlovsk Forest. Although Strauss spoke no Russian and Maria no German, a deep, spiritual bond formed between them. The unexpected birth of Maria's illegitimate child has led to great speculation."
Is Aleksey Igudesman really Strauss great-great-grandson? We dont know. However, both share a unique feeling for harmony, melody and humor. Although over 100 years separate them stylistically and historically, Igudesmans compositions seem to be have a similar spirit to Strauss's unforgetable works. Igudesmans performs works by Johann Strauss as well as own composition, such as works, such as "New Years Polka", "Bulgarian Waltz and "Crazy Bell Polka".