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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Richard Strauss - At the End of the Rainbow
Release Date: 04/28/2015   Label: C Major  
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Strauss: The Complete Songs Vol. 7 / Ruby Hughes, Ben Johnson, Gunter Haumer
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68074   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Mackerras, RPO
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29260   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Salome / Sunnegardh, Doss, Brubaker, Luisotti
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101699   Number of Discs: 1
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R. Strauss: Lieder / Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901879   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Don Juan, Op. 20

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  • 76.
    R Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Etc / Abbado, Lso
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410518 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Don Juan / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8006 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Don Juan / Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435790 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Kai Vogler
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 79.
    R Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan / Bychkov
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422357 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Karajan, Vienna Phil
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417720 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Strauss: Don Juan Op 20, Tod Und Verklärung Op 24, Etc / Albrecht, Strasbourg Po
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186310 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Marc Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 82.
    R Strauss: Don Juan, Burleske, Serenade, Till Eulenspiegel
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60173 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Serge Edelmann
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Karl Bohm In Rehearsal & Performance Vol 1 - Strauss
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072188 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Maestro - Richard Strauss: Don Quixote Op 35 & Don Juan Op 20 / Daniel Barenboim, John Sharp, Chicago So
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 492668 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr - Transkriptionen & Paraphrasen
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553015 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Strauss,  Sergej Kursanov,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Paratore,  Joseph Paratore,  Nikolai Tokarew,  Irina Puryshinskaja  ... 
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  • 86.
    Karajan - The Legendary Decca Recordings - Brahms, Adam, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001078802 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 345 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 88.
    Strauss: Ein Alpensinfonie, Don Juan / Blomstedt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421815 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Solti - A Passion For Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972102 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Daróczy,  Alexandru Agache
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Strauss, Mozart, Stravinsky / Bohm, Cologne Rso
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95591 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Macbeth / Doráti
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 2LM430-708 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Orchestra! / Georg Solti, Dudley Moore
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433208 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Dudley Moore,  Sir Georg Solti
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
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  • 93.
    New Year's Eve Concert 1992 - Richard Strauss Gala
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4209 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Andreas Schmidt,  Kathleen Battle,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Vladimir Ashkenazy - Personal Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000897102 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  István Kertész,  Bernard Haitink,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 4;  Strauss / Otto Klemperer, Et Al
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    R Strauss: Death And Transfiguration / Mata, Dallas Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 14353 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Holst: The Planets; Strauss / Karajan, VPO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000894202 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Live Recordings 1943-1948 / Serge Koussevitzky
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2321 Release Date: 05/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Serge Koussevitzky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, Etc / Silvestri, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4207 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Strauss,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Chicago Symphony Orchestra- The Centennial Collection
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60206 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  César Franck,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Leontyne Price,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Frederick Stock,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Desiré DeFauw,  Artur Rodzinski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Richard Strauss


WORKS
Sonnenaufgang
Von den Hinterweltlern
Von der grossen Sehnsucht
Von den Freuden - und Leidenschaften
Das Grablied
Von der Wissenschaft
Der Genesende
Das Tanzlied
Nachtwandlerlied
Der Held
Des Helden Widersacher
Des Helden Gefährtin
Des Helden Walstatt
Des Helden Friedenswerke
Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung
1. Frühling
2. September
3. Beim Schlafengehen
4. Im Abendrot
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute Nacht! (Narraboth/Page/1st Soldat/2nd Soldat)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Nach mir wird einer kommen (Jochanaan/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Kappadozier/Narraboth/Page)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Ich will nicht bleiben (Salome/Page)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Siehe, der Herr ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/Narraboth/Sklave/1st Soldat)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Jauchze nicht, du Land Palästina (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Page)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Du wirst das für mich tun (Salome/Narraboth)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist?
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Jochanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib (Jochanaan/Salome/Narraboth)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wird dir nicht bange, Tochter der Herodias? (Jochanaan/Salome)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin? (Herodes/Herodias/1st Soldat)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Es ist kalt hier. Es weht ein Wind (Herodes/Herodias)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir (Herodes/Salome/Herodias)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Sieh, die Zeit ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Herodias/Herodes)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wahrhaftig, Herr es wäre besser (Juden/Herodes/Herodias/1st Nazarener)
Salome (1999 - Remaster): Siehe, der Tag is nahe, der Tag des Herrn (Jochanaan/Herodes/1st & 2nd Nazarener/1st Jude/Herodias)
"Wo bleibt Elektra?"
"Allein! Weh, ganz allein."
Ah! das Gesicht!
"Was willst du? Seht doch dort!"
"Ich habe keine guten Nächte."
"Orest! Orest ist tot!"
"Nun denn, allein!"
Orest! Orest! Es rührt sich niemand!
Es muss etwas geschehen sein
"Elektra! Schwester!"
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Introduction (Orchestra)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Wie du warst! Wie du bist! (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Lachst du mich aus?...Lach' ich dich aus? (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Der Feldmarschall sitzt im krowatischen Wald (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Quinquin, es ist ein Besuch (Marschallin/Haushofmeister/Ochs/Octavian)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Selbstverständlich empfängt mich Ihre Gnaden (Ochs/Lakaien/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Euer Gnaden werden vielleicht verwundert sein (Ochs/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Dann ziehen wir ins Palais von Faninal (Ochs/Marschallin/Haushofmeister)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Hat Sie schon einmal mit einem Kavalier (Ochs/Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Geben mir Euer Gnaden den Grasaff' da (Ochs/Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: I komm' glei'...Drei arme, adelige Waisen (Octavian/Waisen/Modistin/Tierhändler/Marschallin/Valzacchi)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Di rigori armato il seno (Ein Sänger)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Als Morgengabe, ganz separatim jedoch (Ochs/Notar/Sänger)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Mein lieber Hippolyte (Marschallin/Valzacchi/Ochs/Annina)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Da geht er hin, der aufgeblasene schlechte Kerl (Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Ach, du bist wieder da! (Marschallin/Octavian)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Oh, sei er gut, Quinquin (Marschallin/Octavian)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Die Zeit im Grunde, Quinquin (Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Mein schöner Schatz (Octvaian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Quinquin, Er soll jetzt geh'n (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Ich hab'ihn nicht einmal geküßt! (Marschallin/Lakaien)