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Early Influences

Donald Macleod focuses on figures who played a key role in Strauss's early career, including his father, conductor Hans von Bulow, violinist Alexander Ritter and his wife, Pauline.

Donald Macleod introduces important figures who each played a key role in Strauss's burgeoning career as both conductor and composer.

Strauss's father, Franz, exerted a powerful influence over his education and early career. Conductor Hans von Bülow gave Strauss his first conducting post, and the violinist Alexander Ritter was responsible for igniting Strauss's passion for Wagner. However, the most significant figure of all was Strauss's wife, the distinguished soprano Pauline de Ahna, for whom Strauss wrote more than 200 songs over the course of his career.

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  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan Op.20

    Orchestra: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Sony Classical SK52565.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Richard Strauss

    Suite in B flat major Op.4 for 13 wind instruments

    Conductor: Chamber Orchestra of Europe WInd Soloists.
    • PHILIPS : 438-933-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    5 Lieder Op.15 - Heimkehr

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Virgin Classics 6286640.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 18.
  • Richard Strauss

    Zueignung Op.10`1 vers. voice and orchestra

    Singer: Diana Damrau.
    • Virgin Classics 6286640.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 16.
  • Richard Strauss

    Traum durch die Dammerung (Op.29`1), arr. R Heger for voice & orch [orig. with p

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Virgin Classics 6286640.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 12.
  • Richard Strauss

    8 Lieder aus Letzte Blatter Op.10 - Allerseelen

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • VIRGIN : 628-6640.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 6.
  • Richard Strauss

    Standchen Op.17`2 vers. for voice & orch.

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • VIRGIN : 628-6640.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 11.
  • Richard Strauss

    Sonata in E flat major Op.18 for violin and piano - 1st mvt

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Performer: michael Lifits.
    • EMI 9 47639 2.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Richard Strauss

    Andante AV.86A for horn and piano [1888]

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA : 430-370 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.

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