Verdi called Johann Strauss II a 'colleague and genius', while Johannes Brahms admitted that of all his fellow composers he was 'the only one I envy'. From the remotest parts of South America to the large concert hall in Tokyo, people in all parts of the world are still enthralled by the 'fascination of Strauss'. This new album - recorded by the leading Strauss ensemble with an authentic orchestra of 42 musicians - provides proof that this music is as full of life and genius and as up to date as ever. This new album, which appears on the orchestra's own newly founded label, lays the foundation for a series of high-quality Strauss recordings which will appear regularly from now on. For this recording the conductor is Johann Wildner, an internationally recognized Strauss specialist. Immerse yourself in a musical world that extends from Strauss's overture to his operetta Waldmeister to the waltz Be Embraced Ye Millions! And discover some carefully researched background information from the Strauss specialists at the Vienna City Library in the forty-page booklet with numerous contemporary illustrations.