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Donald Macleod explores events in Strauss' early career that led him to develop an iron will to reinvent musical forms and push Romanticism to its limits.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Richard Strauss, examining events in the composer's early career that led him to develop an iron will to reinvent musical forms and push Romanticism to its limits.

Wiegenlied, Op 41, No 1
Renee Fleming (soprano)
Houston Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)
RCA 09026 68539 2 Tr 7

Helft! Morder!; Elektra! Schwester!; Ob ich nicht hore?; Elektra's Dance; Elektra!/Schweig, und tanze (Elektra)
Aegisth ...... Fritz Uhl (tenor)
Elektra ...... Inge Borkh (soprano)
Chrysothemis ...... Marianne Schech (soprano)
Choir of the Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
Karl Bohm (conductor)
DG 431 737-2 CD2 Trs 13-17

Sonata in F for cello and piano, Op 6
Stephen Isserlis (cello)
Stephen Hough (piano)
RCA 74321 75389 2 Trs 15-17

Der Abend, Op 34, No 1
The Danish National Radio Choir
Stefan Parkman (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 9223 Tr 1.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Wiegenlied, Op 41, No 1

    Performer: Renee Fleming (soprano) Performer: Houston Symphony Orchestra Performer: Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)

    • RCA.
    • 09026 68539 2.
  • Richard Strauss

    Helft! Morder!; Elektra! Schwester!; Ob ich nicht hore?; Elektra's Dance; Elektra!/Schweig

    Performer: Aegisth ...... Fritz Uhl (tenor) Performer: Elektra ...... Inge Borkh (soprano) Performer: Chrysothemis ...... Marianne Schech (soprano) Performer: Choir of the Staatskapelle Dresden Performer: Staatskapelle Dresden Performer: Karl Bohm (conductor)

    • DG.
    • 431 737-2.
  • Richard Strauss

    Sonata in F for cello and piano, Op 6

    Performer: Stephen Isserlis (cello) Performer: Stephen Hough (piano)

    • RCA.
    • 74321 75389 2.
  • Richard Strauss

    Der Abend, Op 34, No 1

    Performer: The Danish National Radio Choir Performer: Stefan Parkman (conductor)

    • Chandos.
    • CHAN 9223.

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