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

Monday, June 09, 2014

Strauss first came to international attention for his tone poems, those colorful, sometimes decidedly non-PC symphonic works that portray moods, events and characters.

In this first of three segments, we examine the six tone poems he wrote between 1888 and 1898, which include Don Juan, Death & Transfiguration, Till Eulenspeigel’s Merry Pranks, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote, and Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life").

Guests 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.

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

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

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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