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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss: A 150th Anniversary Tribute

Enjoy our playlist to celebrate the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. 
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Year of birth1864
Year of death1949
NationalityGermany
PeriodRomantic
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Bad KissingenDirigentenlegenden

Beethoven, Strauss R., Wagner
Bamberg Symphony; Herbert Blomstedt

BirminghamThe Planets: An HD Odyssey

The Planets: An HD Odyssey
Strauss R., Strauss II, Bach, Beethoven, Williams, Holst
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Nick Davies; City of London Choir

BambergBlomstedt dirigiert Beethoven, Strauss & Wagner

Beethoven, Strauss R., Wagner
Bamberg Symphony; Herbert Blomstedt

IstanbulSolokov & Hakhnazaryan & Avdeeva with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Solokov & Hakhnazaryan & Avdeeva with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven, Strauss R.
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Sascha Goetzel; Valeriy Sokolov; Narek Hakhnazaryan; Yulianna Avdeeva; Efdal Altun

BerlinDer Rosenkavalier

© Monika Rittershaus
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Ainārs Rubiķis; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
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“An Heroic Journey” with Kozhukhin, Petrenko and the RPO

Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Some of Kozhukhin's trills were as rattling thunder – but there was much delicacy and poetry on offer in the many lyrical episodes.
****1
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From the Vltava to the Elbe: triumphant Bamberg in Hamburg

Albrecht Mayer © Harald Hoffmann
An outstanding account of Smetana's Ma vlást in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie was prefaced by Straussian oboe nostalgia courtesy of Albrecht Mayer. 
*****
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Girl power rules: Vienna State Opera with Die Frau ohne Schatten

Evelyn Herlitzius (Nurse), Camilla Nylund (Empress), Nina Stemme (Dyer's wife) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pohn
The outstanding trio of Nylund, Stemme and Herlitzius soars above a Vienna State Opera Orchestra in thunderous form, led by Christian Thielemann to celebrate the Staatsoper's 150th birthday in style.
****1
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Sir Simon Keenlyside masterful in songs by Sibelius in Cleveland

Sir Simon Keenlyside, Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni | courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

Sibelius’s rarely performed orchestral songs received memorable performances by Keenlyside and The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Welser-Möst. Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Strauss’s early Aus Italien filled out the program.

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Leonard Slatkin: an exciting performance in Dublin

Leonard Slatkin © Cybelle Codish
Ibragimova delivers a delectable performance of Strauss' Violin Concerto, while Slatkin and the RTÉ NSO impress with McTee and Elgar. 
****1
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