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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Richard Strauss.

He appraises Strauss' controversial role as the leading German composer of the Nazi era, and introduces what has been called 'the most challenging tonal choral work ever written', his Deutsche Motette.

Zueignung, Op 10, No 1
Christine Brewer (soprano)
Roger Vignoles (piano)
Hyperion CDA67488 Tr 1

Schwung: Gebt mir meinen Becher! Seht, er uberstrahlt; Liebesgeschenke: Ich pfluckte eine kleine Pfirsichblute; Die Allmachtige: Die hochste Macht der Erde sitzt auf keinem Tron; Huldigung: Die Perlen meiner Seele (Gesange des Orients), Op 77
Christine Brewer (soprano)
Roger Vignoles (piano)
Hyperion CDA67488 Trs 14-18

Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)
EMI 47834 Trs 4-6

Deutsche Mottete, Op 62
The Danish National Radio Choir
Stefan Parkman (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 9223 Tr 3.

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