Part 3 - The Enigma of Richard Strauss

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Strauss was a very private man, and many felt he wore a mask in public, never showing his true self. In this final segment of our three-part series, we attempt to pull back the mask and see the man himself. We learn of his early days as a prodigy, go behind the scenes of his unconventional marriage, and shed some light on his controversial association with the Nazis.

Guests include Strauss scholar Bryan Gilliam (Duke University), Strauss expert Paul Thomason, and Leon Botstein (Music Director, American Symphony Orchestra & President, Bard College).

This is an extended segment drawn from the show Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration.

 

Playlist:

Four Last Songs
“Im Abendrot”
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
Philips, 000943302
 
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Deutsche Grammophon, B0018913-02
 
Four Last Songs
“Fruhling”
Jessye Norman, soprano
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
Philips, 000943302
 
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60
Anne Sofie von Otter – Composer
Staatskapelle Dresden, Guiseppe Sinopoli
Deutsche Grammophon, 289 471 323-2
 
Don Juan, Op. 20
Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca, 448 714-2
 
Festival Prelude, Op. 61
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman
Arte Nova Classics, 98495 2
 
Franz Strauss - Nocturno for Horn and Piano, Op. 7
Adam Friedrich, French Horn
Sandor Falvai, Piano
Hungaroton Classic, HCD 31585
 
Schneiderpolka. Op. 1
Orchesterverein Wilde Gung’l, Jaroslav Opela
Koch Schwann, 3-1533-2 H1
 
String Quartet in A major, Op. 2
First movement - Allegro
Sinnhoffer Quartet
Arts Music, 47264-2
 
Concert Overture in C Minor
Orchesterverein Wilde Gung’l, Jaroslav Opela
Koch Schwann, 3-1533-2 H1
 
Wind Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7
Andante
Blaser Ensemble Amade, Klaus Rainer Scholl
Arts Music, 47395-2
 
“Zueignung”
Op. 10, #1
Diana Damrau, soprano
Munich Philharmonic, Christian Thielemann
Virgin Classics, 628664 0 8
 
“Allerseelen”
Op. 10, #8
Diana Damrau, soprano
Munich Philharmonic, Christian Thielemann
Virgin Classics, 628664 0 8
 
Horn Concerto #1 in E-flat major, Op. 11
Third movement – Allegretto – Rondo: Allegro
Radovan Vlatkovic, Horn
English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate
EMI Classics, 7 64851 2
 
Isolde’s “Liebstod” from Wagner’s Tristan (arranged by Franz Liszt)
Leslie Howard, piano
 
Symphony in F minor, Op. 12
First movement – Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshi Wakasugi
Denon, CO-75860
 
Aus Italien, Op. 16
Auf der Campagna
Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca, 425941
 
Macbeth, Op. 23
Vienna Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel
Deutsche Grammophon, 413 654-2
 
Don Juan, Op. 20
Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca, 448 714-2
 
“Morgen”
Op. 27, #4
Diana Damrau, soprano
Munich Philharmonic, Christian Thielemann
Virgin Classics, 628664 0 8
 
Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo
Reisefiber und Walzerszene & Traumerei am Kamin
Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta
Sony, 47197
 
Sinfonia Domestica, Op. 53
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman
Arte Nova Classics, 98495 2
 
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, suite for orchestra, Op. 60
English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate
EMI Digital, 7 47992 2
 
Mozart - Cosi fan tutte
Overture
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
Philips, 422 381-2
 
Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo
Am Speilisch
Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta
Sony, 47197
 
Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
Vienna Philhramonic, Andre Previn
Telarc Digital, CD-80211
 
Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Op. 59
Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
Chandos, CHAN 8758
 
Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80
Potpourri
Munich Radio Orchestra, Pinchas Steinberg
Koch Schwann, 3-6581-2
 
Die Liebe der Danae, Op. 83
Act 3 - Interlude
American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein
Telarc Digital, 80570

Friedenstag, Op. 81 
Bernd Weikl - Commandant 
Sabine Hass - Maria 
Bavarian State Opera, Wolfgang Sawallisch 
Musical Heritage Society, 5159402   

Horn Concerto #2 in E-flat major
Second movement – Andante con moto
Hermann Baumann, Horn
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig, Kurt Masur
Philips, 412 237-2
 
Sonatine #1 in F Major for 16 winds
“From an Invalid’s Workshop”
Third Movement – Finale: Molto allegro
Blaser Ensemble Amade, Klaus Rainer Scholl
Arts Music, 47395-2
 
Oboe Concerto in D major
Hansjorg Schellenberger, oboe
Berlin Philharmonic, James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon, 429 750-2
 
Metamorphosen, Study for 23 solo strings
Berlin Philharmonic, James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon, 435 883-2
 
Four Last Songs
“Im Abendrot”
Jessye Norman, soprano
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
Philips, 000943302
 
Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
The Met Orchestra, James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon, 447 762-2

Hosted by:

Deborah Voigt

Produced by:

Aaron Cohen

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