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Episode 5

Donald Macleod considers the difficulties of the post-war climate for Richard Strauss, introducing works including Metamorphosen, Arabella and Salome.

Like many in the artistic community, the aftermath of the second world war was a period of introspection and practical difficulty for Richard Strauss. Having remained in Germany during the war, due to his dealings with the Nazi party, when hostilities ceased, he found himself under investigation. As he looked on his beloved country and the destruction of the opera houses he'd worked in over many years, he felt he was witness to the destruction of 2000 years of German culture. With Donald Macleod and guest Professor Julian Johnson from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Fri 11 May 2012 18:30

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  • Richard Strauss

    Winterweihe Op.48`4 vers. for voice & orch.

    Conductor: Christian THIELEMANN Performer: Renee FLEMING - Soprano Performer: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Decca.
    • 477-80647.
  • Richard Strauss

    Salome - opera in 1 act Op.54 [1903-5]

    Conductor: Zubin MEHTA Performer: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC - Record Label Performer: Brigitte FASSBAENDER - Mezzo-soprano (Herodias ) Performer: Eva MARTON - Soprano (Salome) Performer: Heinz ZEDNIK - Tenor (Herodes )

  • Richard Strauss

    Metamorphosen AV.142 for 23 solo strings

    Conductor: Herbert von KARAJAN Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 410-892 2.
  • Richard Strauss

    Arabella - opera in 3 acts Op.79 [1929-32]

    Performer: BAVARIAN STATE OPERA - Promoter Performer: Dietrich FISCHER-DIESKAU - Baritone (Mandryka ) Performer: Julia VARADY - Soprano (Arabella) Performer: Wolfgang SAWALLISCH - Piano

    • ORFEO.
    • c169-882.

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