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Composer: Strauss, Josef (1827-1870)

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Year of birth1827
Year of death1870
NationalityAustria
PeriodRomantic
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TokyoMahler 4

Strauss II, Strauss, Mahler
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Anna Lucia Richter

ChicagoSymphony Ball

Brahms, Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, Strauss II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Riccardo Muti; David Fray

New York CityThe Blue Danube

Dvořák, Martinů, Strauss II, Strauss
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Manfred Honeck; Frank Peter Zimmermann
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Unspectacular Mahler and Berlioz from Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall © Chris Lee
A program juxtaposing music by Mahler and Berlioz didn't fully convey these musicians' abilities.
***11
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Brisk Brahms from Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall © Chris Lee
The Vienna Philharmonic played with their characteristic finesse, albeit at times sacrificing the larger arc of the music
***11
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A turbulent Mahler 6 from Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst © Satoshi Aoyagi
Conductor and virtuoso orchestra never lingered, and the audience was riveted by this taut performance.
****1
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A concert of two halves from Pittsburgh Symphony

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A stuttering first half of Adams and Dvořák redeemed by a magical Mahler 1.
***11
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Melodies from the Habsburg Empire

Iván Fischer © Chris Christodoulou
Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra gave a breath-taking performance, with  concentration and class.
*****
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