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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