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Final Years

Donald Macleod introduces works from Strauss's final years: one an overwhelming expression of grief, the other the crowning achievement of a life devoted to the human voice.

After the Second World War, Strauss was under suspicion as a collaborator. During the Allies' investigation, he was persuaded to go into exile in Switzerland and, once there, he and his wife underwent a gruelling, nomadic existence for more than three years. Finally cleared in June 1948, Strauss returned home in the spring of the following year, just months before he died.
Donald Macleod introduces two of Strauss's finest works from those final years - one an overwhelming expression of grief, the other his crowning achievement to a life devoted to the human voice.

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Fri 13 Jun 2014 18:30

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  • Richard Strauss

    Capriccio - opera in 1 act Op.85 Act II Scene 10 Das war ein schoner Larm

    Singer: Hubert Mayer. Performer: Ernst-Wolfgang Lauer. Orchestra: Stuttgart R S O. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
    • Forlane: 268052.
    • Forlane.
    • 10.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs

    Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Renée Fleming. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • DECCA : 478-064-7.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.
  • Richard Strauss

    Metamorphosen, arr. Rudolph Leopold for string septet

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • HYPERION : cda-67574.
    • HYPERION.
    • 1.

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