- Huldigungsmarsch (Homage March), for orchestra, Anh. 54
- Hexentanzwalzer, for orchestra, Op. 203
Before the entire Strauss clan, even slightly before Johann Strauss I, who was his chief rival, there was Joseph Lanner. His name is not much known today, but he, more than anyone else, was responsible for taking the waltz from a little-known folk dance into a primary medium of middle-class party interaction in the 19th century in Vienna and beyond. This well-chosen program makes a good place to start with his music. It includes the best-known Lanner number, "Die Schönbrunner" (track 10) as the finale, as well as the "Steyrische Tänze" sometimes played on the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert. Prior to that, you get pieces that really show how Lanner remade the waltz and gave it the bit of kick on the second beat that made it so irresistible. Dörner's program also includes other dances of the day, such as the galopp and the then very young polka (the 1842 "Hans-Jörgel Polka," track 8, was among the first hits of that still-vital genre). The sound is courtly rather than zippy, and if you favor the big-orchestra waltz recordings of Andre Rieu or the Viennese symphony orchestras, you may find the sound of the Orchestre de Cannes a bit delicate. It works elegantly, though, in Lanner's breakthrough hit, the "Mitternachts Waltz" or Midnight Waltz (track 7), a good place to begin sampling. A Cannes Marriott hotel, of all places, makes an acoustically appropriate venue, and this is an album that can safely be recommended to waltz enthusiasts.