Richard Strauss


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: Salome / Orozco-Estrada, Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Release Date: 11/17/2017   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186602   Number of Discs: 2
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Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Macbeth / Janowski, Pittsburgh SO
Release Date: 07/28/2009   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186339   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Symphonica Domestica & The Times of Day / Janowski
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186507   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Mahler: Totenfeier / Jurowski, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Release Date: 09/15/2017   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186597   Number of Discs: 1
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R. Strauss: Music For Symphonic Brass / Locke Brass Consort
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8419   Number of Discs: 1
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    Strauss: Lieder / Bengtsson, Tysman
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9222062 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Maria Cecilia Bengtsson,  Sarah Tysman
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    To Cecilia / Swedish Love Songs / Various
    Label: Sterling Records   Catalog: 1818 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hjalmar Casserman,  Richard Strauss,  Evert Taube,  Hugo Alfvén  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Isaksson,  Torsten Mossberg,  Anders Karlqvist,  Stina Hellberg Agback
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    The Beautiful Voice / Fleming [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4833191 Release Date: 02/16/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Osian Ellis,  Ian Watson,  Paul Willey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
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    Liederabend / Jilihovschi, Kholodenko
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002493 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Hugo Wolf,  Paul Hindemith,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Vadym Kholodenko,  Andrei Jilihovschi
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  • 5.
    Gundula Janowitz: The Last Recital
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Charles Spencer
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    Joshua Bell: The Classical Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 539520 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Alexander Courage,  George Gershwin,  Nicholas Maw,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Williams,  Craig Ogden,  Gregory Knowles  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams,  Roger Norrington,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    From Queen of the Night to Elektra / Andersson-Palme
    Label: Sterling Records   Catalog: 1806 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Edvard Grieg,  Guy d' Hardelot,  Wilhelm Stenhammar  ... 
    Performer:  Laila Andersson-Palme,  Jan Eyron,  Sylvia Lindenstrand,  Britt-Marie Aruhn  ... 
    Conductor:  Einar Ralf,  Stig Westerberg,  Sixten Ehrling,  Sergiu Comissiona  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Academic Male Chorus,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Swedish Orchestra  ... 
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    This Is Me / Andersson
    Label: Orlando Records   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hugo Alfvén,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Susanna Andersson
    Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
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    The Golden Era of Living Stereo: Remastered Collector's Edition
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 532174 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Pietro Nardini,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Sankey,  Ania Dorfmann,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mitnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Mitchell,  Arthur Fiedler,  Arturo Basile,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Quartet,  Portland Symphonic Choir,  Choir Of The Abbey Of Mount Angel  ... 
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  • 10.
    Fritz Wunderlich: The 50 Greatest Tracks
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002562802 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 11.
    Portrait / Christiane Karg
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300788 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Schumann,  Richard Strauss,  André Modeste Grétry,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Christiane Karg,  Burkhard Kehring,  Malcolm Martineau
    Conductor:  Jonathan Cohen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcangelo
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  • 12.
    Sixteen Love Songs / William Howard
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100056 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Zdenék Fibich  ... 
    Performer:  William Howard
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    Decca Sound: 55 Great Vocal Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002495002 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Danco,  Pierre Mollet,  Guido Agosti,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernest Ansermet,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Liszt, Verdi, Strauss & Schumann: Songs / Takacs
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: HCD32769 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Klára Takács,  Sándor Falvai,  Jenö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Kórodi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
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    Solo / McCarthy
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554225 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludovico Einaudi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas McCarthy
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  • 16.
    Richard Strauss: Der Burger als Edelmann; Duett-Concertino / Poschner, Svizzera Italiana Orchestra
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777990 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Spoken Word
    Performer:  Alberto Biano,  Corrado Giuffredi,  Johann Sebastian Paetsch,  Robert Kowalski  ... 
    Conductor:  Markus Poschner,  Richard Strauss
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    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553028 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Anny Felbermayer,  Josef Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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  • 18.
    Ruhe Meine Seele - Lieder of Richard Strauss / Persicke, Rimmer
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 15379 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Katharina [Soprano Vocal] Persicke,  Nicholas Rimmer
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    The Shepherd On The Rock / Tynan, Bliss, Glynn
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 429 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bliss,  Christopher Glynn,  Ailish Tynan
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs; Lieder
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552136 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Edith Peinemann
    Conductor:  George Szell
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  • 22.
    Auf! A Sound Trek
    Label: Orlando Records (Classical)   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Clemens Kölbl,  Andreas Teufel
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  • 23.
    Morgen! / Michaela Schuster
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1833 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Max Reger,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Michaela Schuster,  Markus Schlemmer
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  • 24.
    Strauss: Lieder / Rozario, Owen
    Label: Stone Records   Catalog: 8050 Release Date: 08/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Charles Owen,  Patricia [Soprano Vocal] Rozario
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  • 25.
    Adrianne Pieczonka Sings Strauss & Wagner
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3474 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Brian Zeger
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