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: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Mackerras
Release Date: 09/25/2012   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1197   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Oboe Concerto, Till Eulenspiegel, Rosenkavalier Waltzes; Lutoslawski: Double Concerto
Release Date: 10/11/2011   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1134   Number of Discs: 1
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Lisa Della Casa Sings Richard Strauss
Release Date: 07/12/2011   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1129   Number of Discs: 1
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A Maiden's Heart: Songs of R. Strauss, Ludwig Thuille and Hugo Wolf / Hagen, Mork
Release Date: 01/08/2016   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 16415   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Nachtwanderer - Brahms,  Hensel, Wolf, Strauss: Lieder / Naidu, Kulek
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 4507 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Ann-Katrin Naidu,  Robert Kulek
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  • 77.
    Strauss, Wolf, Liszt, Tchaikovsky: Lieder / Ludwig, Werba
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 613031 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Erik Werba
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  • 78.
    R. Strauss: Four Last Songs, Etc / Lott, Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10075 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Opera Arias & Orchestral Songs / Peter Anders
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463677 Release Date: 10/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Anders
    Conductor:  Fritz Lehmann,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Franz Marszalek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Württemberg State Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 80.
    Of Ladies And Love... / Michael Schade, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67315 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Schade,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 81.
    R. Strauss / Hiroko Shiraishi, Takao Shiraishi
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 632 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hiroko Shiraishi,  Takao Shiraishi
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  • 82.
    Strauss: Four Last Songs, Etc / Isokoski, Janowski, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 982 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Lieder & Songs 1955-1964
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1206 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Parisotti,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Bernhard Flies  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Walter Gieseking
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  • 84.
    Prima Voce - Heinrich Schlusnus In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7907 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aimé Maillart,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Richard Strauss,  Frida Leider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Strauss: Ausgewahlte Lieder / Mitsuko Shirai, Hartmut Holl
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10497 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Mitsuko Shirai,  Hartmut Höll
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  • 86.
    The Art Of Theodor Uppman - Arias From Ballo, Carmen, Etc
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1181 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Guion,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jaroslav Kricka,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Theodor Uppman
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra,  Chorus
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  • 87.
    Grosse Sänger Unseres Jahrhunderts - Irmgard Seefried, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 505991 Release Date: 03/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Erik Werba
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  • 88.
    Pfitzner, R. Strauss: Lieder / Hermann Prey, Sawallisch
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 524991 Release Date: 11/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Hans Pfitzner
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Wolfgang Sawallisch
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  • 89.
    Strauss: Four Last Songs, 15 Lieder / Bonney, Martineau
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460812 Release Date: 02/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Barbara Bonney
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  • 90.
    My World / Angela Gheorghiu
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458360 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Erik Satie,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 91.
    Evelyn Lear Sings Songs By Richard Strauss / Erik Werba
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 03/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Evelyn Lear,  Erik Werba
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  • 92.
    Alexander Kipnis - Opera Arias & Songs
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62354 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Bergh,  Alexander Kipnis,  Frank Bibb
    Conductor:  Robert Hood Bowers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Helen Traubel
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89120 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Helen Traubel,  Kurt Baum
    Conductor:  Charles O'Connell,  Artur Rodzinski,  Ernst Knoch,  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    Helge Rosvaenge Konzert 1959
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90103 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Walter Stoll,  Gisela Behm,  Heinz Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Zoltán Rozsnyai,  Hans Löwlein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Zueignung / Hĺkan Hagegĺrd, Thomas Schuback
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Hugo Wolf,  Reynaldo Hahn  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Schuback,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd
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  • 96.
    Strauss: Four Last Songs, Lieder, Etc / Popp, Gruberova, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48242 Release Date: 09/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Karita Mattila,  Edita Gruberova
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Strauss: Orchestral Songs Vol 2 / Lott, Järvi, Scottish No
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9159 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 98.
    R. Strauss/Wagner: Lieder
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32156 Release Date: 07/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Elisabeth Meyer-Topsoe
    Conductor:  Hans Norbert Bihlmaier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    R. Strauss, Sibelius: Songs / Birgit Nilsson, János Sólyom
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  János Sólyóm,  Birgit Nilsson
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  • 100.
    Lieder Von Richard Strauss / Hans Hotter, Walter Klien
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93367 Release Date: 02/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Walter Klien,  Hans Hotter
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