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The Perfect Librettist

Donald Macleod introduces two operas that emerged from the most fruitful partnership of Strauss's operatic career, with the Austrian poet and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

In the years leading up to the First World War, Strauss was increasingly in demand across Europe, both in and out of the orchestra pit. He now embarked on the most fruitful collaboration of his operatic career with the Austrian poet and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Donald Macleod introduces music from two of the operas to come out of that unlikely partnership.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Die Rosenkavalier - Act III: finale - Trio

    Singer: Christa Ludwig. Singer: Teresa Stich-Randall. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • EMI : 7634-52-2.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Richard Strauss

    Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Op.60

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG : 435-871 2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 11.
  • Richard Strauss

    Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Op.60

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG : 435-871 2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 11.
  • Richard Strauss

    Ariadne auf Naxos - opera in 1 act Op.60 [orig. vers., intended to follow 'Le B

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Singer: Natalie Dessay. Singer: Deborah Voigt. Singer: Albert Dohmen. Singer: Michael Howard.
    • DG RECORDS : 471-323-2.
    • DG RECORDS.
    • 5.

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