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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Faure, Strauss: Violin Sonatas / Perlman, Ax
Release Date: 08/28/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002361102  
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Strauss: Orchestral Works / Kempe, Frager, Hoelscher, Staatskapelle Dresden
Release Date: 12/20/2005   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 7591   Number of Discs: 9
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Strauss: Complete Chamber Music / Sawallisch, Sebestyen, Yang, Steffens
Release Date: 07/26/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 9231   Number of Discs: 9
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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Four Last Songs / Roschmann, Nezet-Seguin, Rotterdam PO
Release Date: 08/23/2011   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1880   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Etc / Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 05/19/1998   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 83   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

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  • 26.
    Strauss: Tone Poems / Rudolf Kempe, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6783122 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 27.
    Strauss: Orchestral Works / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001607102 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Lothar Koch,  Antonio Meneses,  Leon Spierer,  Wolfram Christ  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 6 - Live Radio Recordings 1990-2000
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Ildiko Komlósi,  Kolos Kovacs,  Martha Argerich,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Claus Peter Flor,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Swingle Singers,  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus
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  • 29.
    Icon: William Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26486 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Klaus Tennstedt - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94433 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 31.
    Eduardo Mata Edition Vol 2 - Strauss, Rodrigo, Wiren
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 30978 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Dag Wirén
    Performer:  James Galway
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  National Arts Centre Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Icon - Rudolf Kempe
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 29557 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Teresa Zylis-Gara,  Sylvia Geszty,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: 50 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
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  • 34.
    Strauss: Tone Poems: Love And Death
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 766451 Release Date: 08/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Johannes Fritzsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Pierre Monteux Edition Vol 12 - R. Strauss / San Francisco
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61889 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Naum Blinder
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Brahms: Symphony No 4;  Strauss / De Sabata, Berlin - 1939
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423715 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Richard Strauss: Tone Poems / Sawallisch, Tennstedt
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56334 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Klaus Tennstedt
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  • 38.
    Strauss: Symphonia Domestica / Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60388 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Strauss: Don Juan, Tod Und Verklarung / Celibidache, Stuttgart Radio
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453191 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    The Art of Bernard Haitink
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001267402 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Strauss: Tod Und Verklarung;  Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Walter, Bbc So, London Po
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1429 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Edition Karl Böhm Vol VI - Strauss
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95586 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Fritz Görlach
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Tod Und Verklarung
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 30806 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Jonas Alber
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  • 45.
    Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Tod Und Verklärung
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425942 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Karajan - The Legendary Decca Recordings - Brahms, Adam, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001078802 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Sir Georg Solti - The Maestro
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001010909 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Leó Weiner,  Zoltán Kodály,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Toscanini Collection Vol 30 - Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60295 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Frank Miller
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC 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
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Der Held
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Widersacher
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Gefährtin
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Walstatt
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Friedenswerke
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 1. Frühling
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 2. September
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 3. Beim Schlafengehen
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 4. Im Abendrot
Salome: Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute Nacht! (Narraboth/Page/1st Soldat/2nd Soldat)
Salome: Nach mir wird einer kommen (Jochanaan/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Kappadozier/Narraboth/Page)
Salome: Ich will nicht bleiben (Salome/Page)
Salome: Siehe, der Herr ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/Narraboth/Sklave/1st Soldat)
Salome: Jauchze nicht, du Land Palästina (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Page)
Salome: Du wirst das für mich tun (Salome/Narraboth)
Salome: Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist? (Jochanaan/Salome/Narraboth)
Salome: Jochanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib (Jochanaan/Salome/Narraboth)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wird dir nicht bange, Tochter der Herodias? (Jochanaan/Salome)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin? (Herodes/Herodias/1st Soldat)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Es ist kalt hier. Es weht ein Wind (Herodes/Herodias)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir (Herodes/Salome/Herodias)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Sieh, die Zeit ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Herodias/Herodes)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wahrhaftig, Herr es wäre besser (Juden/Herodes/Herodias/1st Nazarener)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): 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)