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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Composer

Born in Munich in 1864, Richard Strauss famously described himself as a 'first-rate second-rate composer': encompassing the bittersweet lyricism of Der Rosenkavalier and the violent dissonances of Salome and Elektra, his music bridges the gap between lush late Romanticism and early Modernism.

Much of Strauss's legacy is in the field of opera and song, and he is widely regarded as one of the finest-ever writers for the soprano voice - some of his greatest music was written for his wife, the notoriously temperamental diva Pauline de Ahna, whom he married in 1894 (he also represents Pauline in two of his non-vocal works, Ein Heldenleben and Symphonia Domestica).

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Further Reading: Strauss, R

 Recording of the Week, Works by Richard Strauss from Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in thrillingly-detailed and impassioned performances of four orchestral works by Richard Strauss.

 Recording of the Week, Lise Davidsen sings Wagner and Strauss

The robust young Norwegian soprano thrills in scenes from Tannhäuser and Ariadne auf Naxos, and Strauss's Four Last Songs.

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