Another day in Greek Myth Land; another unwanted advance by Apollo. In this award-winning recording, Renée Fleming is nymph-turned-tree Daphne, whose vegetal transformation saves her from the lecherous clutches of Apollo. The tale, with its moonlit sylvan setting, sex, love and death, was a gift to Richard Strauss. Strauss responded, demonstrating his utter mastery of voice and orchestra, with some of his most consistently lyrical and beautiful music, ending with the famously sumptuous transformation scene.
This clip is from
Strauss's one act opera Daphne, starring Renee Fleming. Plus Beethoven Symphony No 7.
First broadcast: 12 Jun 2014
Radio 3 broadcast recordings celebrating Richard Strauss's 150th anniversary.
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