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Taking five snapshots of Strauss' life, Donald Macleod focuses on 1883, the year in which there was a changing of the guard in German music.

Richard Strauss lived one of the longest lives of any composer. He was born in 1864, when the American Civil War was raging. By the time he died in 1949, two global conflicts had been fought and the world had changed entirely. This week, Donald Macleod explores the music and stories from five distinct years of Strauss's life. We travel in time from the 19 year old Strauss's first forays as a professional composer, to the final works of an old man, exploring his personal and professional relationships as we go.

In today's programme, 1883, the year in which there was a changing of the guard in German music. Richard Wagner died, and Richard Strauss had his first professional success.

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Mon 5 Apr 2010 22:00

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  • Richard Strauss

    Rote Rosen

    Performer: Edita Gruberova (soprano Performer: Friedrich Haider (piano)

    • TELDEC 3984267952.
    • 1.
  • Richard Strauss

    Horn Concerto no.1 in E flat major, op.11

    Performer: Lars-Michael Stransky (horn) Performer: André Previn (conductor) Performer: Vienna Philharmonic

    • DG 4534832.
  • Richard Strauss

    Suite for winds in B flat op.4

    Performer: Netherlands Wind Ensemble Performer: Edo de Waart (director)

    • PHILIPS 4387332.
  • Richard Strauss

    Romanze for cello and orchestra

    Performer: Steven Isserlis (cello) Performer: Lorin Maazel (conductor) Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    • RCA 74321753982.
    • 14.

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