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Married Bliss?

Donald Macleod introduces the songs Strauss wrote for his wife as a wedding present, his first operatic success and the ever-popular tone poem about a famous prankster.

Strauss had a rather unconventional relationship with his wife Pauline but theirs was an enduring partnership, sealed right at the start by what would become some of Strauss's best loved songs. Donald Macleod introduces a set of songs Strauss wrote for her as a wedding present, and two works which transformed his career - the ever-popular tone poem about a legendary prankster, and his first operatic success.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

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

    Singer: Reiner Goldberg. Singer: Anja Silja. Singer: Inga Nielsen. Orchestra: Danish National R S O. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.
    • Chandos: CHAN9611.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Op.28

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Markus Stenz.
    • Hyperion: CDA67960.
    • Hyperion.
    • 15.
  • Richard Strauss

    Also sprach Zarathustra Op.30 [1895-6]

    Orchestra: London S O.. Performer: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Sony Classical: CD45970.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Richard Strauss

    4 Lieder Op.27 - No.4 Morgen

    Singer: Margaret Price. Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI : CDC-747948.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    4 Lieder Op.27 - Cacilie

    Singer: Margaret Price. Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI : CDC-747948.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    4 Lieder Op.27 - Heimliche Aufforderung

    Singer: Margaret Price. Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI : CDC-747948.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    4 Lieder Op.27 - Ruhe meine seele

    Singer: Margaret Price. Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI : CDC-747948.
    • EMI.
    • 4.

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