Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)

June 10, 2024, 7:00 pm

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Richard Strauss – whose musical life spanned nine decades, two world wars, and the Third Reich – was one of Germany’s most gifted and controversial figures. We’ll explore his tone poems, operas, and both his public and private lives. We end this five-part biography with his Four Last Songs performed by Jessye Norman with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur.

Playlist

Episode 1

Strauss, Richard: Bourgeois Gentilhomme (excerpts)
English Chamber Orch/Tate
Metamorphosen / Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
EMI 47992
2:03

Wagner, Richard: “The Ring of the Nibelung”
MET/Levine
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
DG 4716782
1:32

Strauss, Richard: Intermezzo
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
Richard Strausss
RCA 68638
2:18

Strauss, Richard: Serenade in Eb, Op. 7
Netherlands Wind Ensemble/ Waart
Favorite Serenades For Orchestra
Phil 438748
8:46

Strauss, Richard: Horn Concerto No. 1, I
CSO/ Barenboim Clevenger, horn
Wind Concertos
Teldec 23913
7:18

Strauss, Richard: Sonata for Cello & Piano, I
Steven Iserlis, violin cello; Stephen Hough, piano
Strauss, R: Romance for cello & orchestra in F major, AV 75
RCA 75398
8:42

Strauss, Richard: Burleske
Philadelphia Orch./ Ormandy; Serkin, piano
Piano Concerto No. 2 / Burlesque
Sony 53262
17:19

Strauss, Richard: Aus Italien IV. Neapolitanisches Volksleben (excerpt)
BPO/Muti
Aus Italien: Don Juan
Phil 422399
4:08

Episode 2

Strauss, Richard: MacBeth (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/ Maaze
Sinfonia Domestica / Macbeth
DG 413654
3:11

Strauss, Richard: Don Juan
CSO/ Reiner
Ein Heldenleben, Don Juan
RCA 5408
16:17

Strauss, Richard: Death and Transfiguration
BPO/ Karajan
Strauss Metamorphosen, 4 Last Songs
DG 447422
10:15

Monk, Thelonious: Straight No Chaser
Monk
Thelonious Monk
CBS 64886
0:14

Strauss, Richard: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
CSO/Solti
Sir George Solti Conducts The Richard Strauss Album
Lon 436623
14:59

Strauss, Richard: 4 Leider, No. 4 Op. 27, “Morgen”
Wolfgang Sawallisch; piano, Barbara Hendricks; soprano
Vier Letzte Lieder
EMI 55594
3:19

 

Episode 3

Strauss, Richard: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Also Sprach Zarathustra / Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel
Lon 436 623
3:11

Strauss, Richard: Ein Heldenleben
BSO/Ozawa
Ein Heldenleben
Phil 442645
0:45

Strauss, Richard: Salome (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/ Solti; Nelson, soprano
Salome
Decca Met 228
2:18

Strauss, Richard: Ein Heldenleben (excerpt)
BSO/Ozawa
Ein Heldenleben
Phil 442645
1:15

 

Episode 4

Strauss, Richard: Salome: Dance of the 7 veils (excerpt)
Richard Strauss, piano
Playing Their Own Works • Welte Mignon Piano 1905 – 1906
Teld 4509-95354
1:27

Strauss, Richard: Salome: Dance of the 7 veils (excerpt)
BPO/ Karajan
Also Sprach Zarathustra / Till Eulenspiegel
DG 447441
8:31

Strauss, Richard: Rosenkavalier (excerpt)
Staatskapelle Dresden/ Haitink; Von Otter, Hendricks,soloists
Der Rosenkavalier
EMI 54259
11:40

Strauss, Richard: Rosenkavalier Final trio
Met/Levine;Fleming, Von Otter, Murphy, soloists
Metropolitan Opera Gala
DG 449177
5:35

Strauss, Richard: Bourgeois Gentilhomme (excerpts)
English Chamber Orch/Tate
Metamorphosen / Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
EMI 47992
19:57

Strauss, Richard: Bourgeois Gentilhomme intermezzo
English Chamber Orch/Tate
Metamorphosen / Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
EMI 47992
3:19

 

Episode 5

Strauss, Richard: Capriccio (excerpt)
Vienna Philharmonic/Previn
Strauss: Rosenkavalier Suite
DG 437790
4:07

Strauss, Richard: Horn Concerto No. 2, I
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Ashkenazy; Tuckwell, horn
Horn Concertos
Lon 430370
13:54

Strauss, Richard: Metamorphosen
Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer
Don Juan / Tod Und Verklärung / Metamorphosen / Tanz Der Sieben Schleier = Dance Of The Seven Veils = Danse Des Sept Voiles
EMI 63350
27:58

Strauss, Richard: Four Last Songs, No. 4
Gewandhaus/ Masur; Jessye Norman, soprano
Vier Letzte Lieder / 6 Orchesterlieder
Phil 411052
9:31