The Waltz King, the stage name of 19th-century chart-topping composer Johann Strauss the Younger, was the Skrillex of his day, leading a tumultuous life, getting arrested in his early ‘20s for publicly playing “La Marseillaise” during a populist revolution, suffering a nervous breakdown, and marrying three times. It wasn’t until he met his third wife, Adele, that he found peace. And then there’s the Kubrick thing. Here, the Vienna Philharmonic does a greatest hits tribute. Considering the way Strauss started a frenzy in Vienna dance halls over his “Blue Danube Waltz” and “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka,” perhaps a dubstep remix is in order.
Sun., March 4, 2 p.m., 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 22, 2012