Richard Strauss

Born 11 June 1864. Died 8 September 1949.
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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 3

The London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Act 3 of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier.

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Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra, An Alpine Symphony, and other orchestral works, such as Metamorphosen. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria.

Strauss, along with Gustav Mahler, represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Ein Heldenleben & Der Rosenkavalier Suite (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor Andris Nelsons)

    Ein Heldenleben & Der Rosenkavalier Suite (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor Andris Nelsons) 2010

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    Young Latvian Nelsons conducts as though he believes in every bar.
  2. Review of An Alpine Symphony/Four Last Songs

    An Alpine Symphony/Four Last Songs 2007

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    ...one of the finest Strauss recordings I've heard in ages.
  3. Review of Orchestral Songs

    Orchestral Songs

    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    'When was the last time you honestly listened with open ears to a new recording of...
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