Episode #8

January 25, 1909: The Premiere of Elektra

« previous episode | next episode »

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Elektra is Richard Strauss’s farthest out work and perhaps the only piece from the days of early modernism that retains its ability to shock today.

Comments [3]

Silversalty from Brooklyn

OK! There is a web page with the full episodes.

http://www.prx.org/series/32111-the-keeping-score-series-13-days-when-music-chang

Click on any particular episode title (on the lines with the star ratings) to get to the pages that provide the full audio streaming.

Jul. 26 2011 11:35 PM
Frank Feldman

Greatest opera of the twentieth century. Thank you.

Jul. 26 2011 08:02 PM
Amanda S from NY

While I don't consider Elektra to be very "far out," I am definitely looking forward to this.

I suppose one could argue that the subject matter is scandalous, but really only to the more puritanical social niceties of the 20th and 21st centuries. It's hardly new, being based on Sophocles as it is, and if the subject matter is unseemly to some, it's because human nature is inherently so.

Elektra is a fantastic study in obsession, family ties, and the ultimate freeing of oneself (see von Hofmannsthal's own notes on dance as the ultimate expression of the self, free of the inhibitions of society), and her music is appropriately jarring.

However, you can draw a direct line, musically, from Elektra to Der Rosenkavalier - itself an exquisite study in human nature.

As far as I am concerned, Strauss's genius reached its zenith with Elektra.

Jul. 26 2011 10:51 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.