Eilenberg: Waltzes, Polkas, and Marches
The West German RSO in Cologne, under its conductor Christian Simonis, treats us to the foot-tapping music of Richard Eilenberg (1848-1927.) This once extremely popular composer was a trailblazer in salon and entertainment music, and his character pieces remained well-known favorites for decades. This CD opens with the galop Cürassier Attaque and ends with a piece that constantly delights listeners, his ever-popular St. Petersburg Sleigh Ride. Fifteen tuneful selections in all; this is music to lighten the heart!