The Last Waltz tells the tale of two waltz kings. It is the intriguing story of two generations of the Viennese family that produced some of the best known and best loved music of the nineteenth century. From nowhere they produced two Waltz kings, a father and three sons, and literally hundreds of instantly recognisable and enduring melodies, such as The Blue Danube Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Voices of Spring and The Radetzky March. Yet this was also a family riven with tension, feuds and jealousy, and those involved lived in an Austria that witnessed seismic upheavals. An Emperor ill-equipped for leadership struggled to maintain the exalted place of the Austro-Hungarian empire on the European stage, while at the personal level experiencing more tragedy than any man should have to bear: his brother executed, his wife the Empress murdered, his son and heir lost in a double suicide. Through the personal and political chaos, the Strauss family continued to compose waltzes to which the Viennese – anxious to forget their troubles – danced and drank champagne, as their country hurtled towards the First World War, and oblivion.
John Suchet presents the flagship morning programme on Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station. His informative style of presentation, coupled with a deep knowledge of classical music, has won a wide spectrum of new listeners to the station. Before turning to classical music, John was one of the UK's best-known television journalists and newscasters, regularly presenting ITN's flagship News at Ten, as well as all other bulletins, over a period of nearly 20 years. John has been honoured for both roles. He has written the Sunday Times bestselling The Last Waltz: The Story of the Strauss Dynasty (2015) and most recently Mozart: The Man Revealed (2016).
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