Its opening bars can bring a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat. It is at once the most romantic and sentimental melody ever written. It is of course the The Blue Danube Waltz, composed by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss the Younger. For more than 60 years Strauss captivated audiences with his evocations of Viennese joi de vivre; yet his own life was often sad. This programme makes use of fascinating contemporary writings as well as the wonderful music itself.
(Tags : Johann Strauss the Younger: 1825 - 1899 (Unabridged) [Unabridged Nonfiction] David Allen Audiobook, David Allen Audio CD )