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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

 Interview, Louise Alder on Strauss Lieder

The award-winning young British soprano talks to us about her debut solo recording, 'Through Life and Love', out now on Orchid Classics.

 Recording of the Week, Songs by Richard Strauss, plus the Oboe Concerto and works for wind ensemble

James listens to a wealth of vocal and instrumental works by Richard Strauss - with Nicky Spence, Rebecca Evans, Alexi Ogrintchouk and others.

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