Part 1 - Epic Tales Well Told: Strauss's Tone Poems

Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration - Three-Part Series

Monday, June 09, 2014

Strauss first came to international attention writing tone poems, his virtuoso symphonic works that portray stories, characters, and even philosophical ideas. In this first of three segments, we examine the six tone poems Strauss wrote between 1888 and 1898, which include Don Juan, Death & Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote, and Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life").

Strauss soprano Deborah Voigt hosts this three-part series, presented by WQXR, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. Guests for this segment include Strauss scholar Bryan Gilliam (Duke University), Michael Tilson Thomas (Music Director, San Francisco Symphony & New World Symphony), Alan Gilbert (Music Director, New York Philharmonic), Keith Lockhart (Music Director, Boston Pops), with literary excerpts read by James Lurie.

Please be advised: This segment contains language that may be inappropriate for young people.

A condensed version of this segment can also be found in the one-hour version of Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration

Click here to go to Part 2 - Strong Women Dominate Strauss Operas

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
 
Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
Vienna Philhramonic, Andre Previn
Telarc Digital, CD-80211
 
Don Juan, Op. 20
Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca, 448 714-2
 
Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
The Met Orchestra, James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon, 447 762-2
 
Guntram, Op. 25
Ben Heppner – Guntram
Toronto Symphony, Andrew Davis
CBC SM 5000 Series, 5142
 
Guntram, Op. 25
Leontyne Price – Freihild
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf
BMG Classics, 60398-2
 
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28
Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca, 448 224-2
 
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel
Deutsche Grammophon, B0018913-02
 
Don Quixote, Op. 35
Steven Isserlis, Cello
Minnesota Orchestra, Edo de Waart
Virgin Classics, 59234 2
 
Don Quixote, Op. 35
Jerry Grossman, Cello
The Met Orchestra, James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon, 447 762-2
 
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck
Octavia Records, OVCL-00338
 
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Staatskapelle Dresden, Giuseppe Sinopoli
Deutsche Grammophon, 435790

Hosted by:

Deborah Voigt

Produced by:

Aaron Cohen

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