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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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SevilleUn gentile Molière

Un gentile Molière
Lully, Mozart, Strauss R.
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; Zhong Xu

StockholmStrauss and Wagner II

Strauss and Wagner II
Wagner, Strauss R.
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Nathalie Stutzmann

ChicagoElektra

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Strauss R.: Elektra
Donald Runnicles; Sir David McVicar; Lyric Opera of Chicago; John Macfarlane; Nina Stemme; Michaela Martens

TorontoElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Johannes Debus; James Robinson; Canadian Opera Company; Derek McLane; Anita Stewart; Christine Goerke; Susan Bullock

GothenburgThe Ultimate Love Story

Wagner, Strauss R.
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Nathalie Stutzmann; François Leleux
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From the cradle to the grave: German Romantics from the Nash Ensemble

Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
A rare and compelling performance of Beethoven's string quintet was the centrepiece of another instalment in the Nash Ensemble's traversal of German Romantic composers.
****1
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Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla connects the written word to music

Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
The Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in a compelling performance of Mozart's overture to Don Giovanni and Strauss's Don Juan, with soloist Francesca Dego bringing to life Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 in D major.
***11
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Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver

The Lyric revives Sir David McVicar’s production of Strauss’ horrific tale with a superb cast led by Swedish “helden-soprano” Nina Stemme.

****1
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Barbara Hannigan makes NYC conducting debut at Juilliard

Barbara Hannigan conducts the Juilliard Orchestra © Rachel Papo
The celebrated soprano leads the students of the Juilliard in an enjoyable concert that falters on the side of keeping an even keel.
****1
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Straussian perfection from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO

Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO © Peter Meisel
Mariss Jansons and the BRSO offer defining performances of two of Richard Strauss' greatest works.
*****
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