Richard Strauss

Biography

Born: Jun 11, 1864; Germany   Died: Sep 8, 1949; Germany   Period: 20th Century
Though the long career of Richard Strauss spanned one of the most chaotic periods in political, social, and cultural history of the world, the composer retained his essentially Romantic aesthetic even into the age of television, jet engines, and atom bombs. Born in Munich in 1864, Strauss was the son of Franz Joseph Strauss, the principal hornist in the Munich Court Orchestra. Strauss demonstrated musical aptitude at an early age, and extensive Read more training in piano, violin, theory, harmony, and orchestration equipped him to produce music of extraordinary polish and maturity by the time he reached adulthood. His primary teachers had been his father, who was a musical conservative, and Ludwig Thuille, a Munich School composer and family friend. Strauss' Serenade for 13 Winds, Op. 7 (1881), written when he was 17, led conductor Hans von Bülow to pronounce him "by far the most striking personality since Brahms." Bülow was able to give Strauss his first commission and an assistant conductor position. Through new friendships, Strauss learned to admire the writings of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche and the music of Wagner and Liszt. He embarked on a long career of conducting and composing, which take him all over Europe and the U.S.

From the beginning of Strauss' career as a composer, it was evident that the orchestra was his natural medium. With the composition of the "symphonic fantasy" Aus Italien in 1886, Strauss embarked on a series of works that represents both one of the pivotal phases of his career and a body of music of central importance in the late German Romantic repertoire. Though he did not invent the tone poem per se, he brought it to its pinnacle. In such works as Don Juan (1888-1889), Ein Heldenleben (1897-1898), and Also sprach Zarathustra (1895-1896) -- whose first minute or so, thanks to its use in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, is the composer's most readily recognizable music -- Strauss displayed his abundant gift for exploiting the coloristic possibilities of the orchestra as a dramatic device like few composers ever had (or have since).

With the arrival of the twentieth century, after becoming conductor at Berlin's Hofoper, Strauss' interest turned more fully to opera, resulting in a body of unforgettable works that have long been fixtures of the repertoire: Salome (1903-1905), Elektra (1906-1908), and Der Rosenkavalier (1909-1910) are just a few of his best-known efforts for the stage. In 1919, Strauss became co-director of the Vienna Staatsoper, but was forced to resign five years later by his partner, Franz Schalk, who resented being left with many of the operational duties while Strauss was frequently away guest conducting or being feted as a great composer. When the political situation in Europe became malignant in the 1930s, profound political naïveté led to Strauss' confused involvement with the Nazi propaganda machine, and the composer eventually alienated both the Nazis and their opponents. With the end of World War II, however, he was permitted to resume his professional life, although it would be a mere echo of his previous fame. He began to have serious health problems, his financial situation had been compromised, and the monuments that embodied great German art for him -- Goethe's Weimar house; the Dresden, Munich, and Vienna opera houses -- had been destroyed. Throughout his last years, works such as the Oboe Concerto (1945) and the gorgeously expressive Four Last Songs (1948) attest to Strauss' unwavering confidence in his singular musical voice.
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Strauss: Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel / Honeck
Release Date: 11/12/2013   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 707   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Also sprach Zarasthustra, Macbeth & Till Eulenspiegel / Nelsons, Concertgebouw
Release Date: 01/27/2015   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 718908   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos / Bohm, Jurinac, Vienna Philharmonic
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107255   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Elektra / Theorin, Meier, Westbroaek, Pape, Gatti [blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/24/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 108110   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Elektra / Marton, Studer, Fassbaender
Release Date: 05/26/2009   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100049   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Don Juan, Op. 20

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  • 126.
    Mars & Venus - A Musical Portrait Of Men And Women
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68999 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Claude Debussy,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Monteux,  Fritz Reiner,  Claus Peter Flor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Berkshire Festival Chorus Women,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 127.
    Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Etc / Ax, Sawallisch
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 56364 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 128.
    Jascha Horenstein Conducts Strauss, Wagner, Mahler, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5529 Release Date: 10/22/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Richard Wagner,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Norman Foster
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 129.
    R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Etc / Karajan
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447441 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 130.
    The Begian Years Vol 6 / University Of Illinois Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 1647 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Symphonic Band
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  • 131.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3;  R Strauss, De Falla / Argenta
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 277921 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Richard Strauss,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Strauss: Don Juan, Til Eulenspiegel, Don Quixote / De Waart
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61266 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Cynthia Phelps
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Strauss, Barber, Dvorák
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64466 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Samuel Barber,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 134.
    R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Till Eulenspiegel, Etc
    Label: Intercord Classical Creations   Catalog: 820555 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 135.
    Antal Dorati Conducts Richard Strauss / Minneapolis So
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434348 Release Date: 11/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 136.
    R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Etc / Solti
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 440618 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Richard Strauss Dirigiert Eigene Tondichtungen Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90216 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 138.
    R. Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Kosler, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550250 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique;  Strauss / Freccia, Kempe
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 88 Release Date: 01/18/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  Massimo Freccia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Bravura!
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3070 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ottorino Respighi,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
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  • 141.
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Don Juan / Ormandy, Szell
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48272 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 142.
    R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan / Thomas
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45970 Release Date: 07/16/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Etc / Szell, Cleveland
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 36721 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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