Tag Archives: Richard Strauss

Strauss Sonata in B min and Alkan

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) needs little introduction here. One of opera’s great composers, his career lasted from the last two decades of the the 19th century until the middle of the 20th. He was, along with Monteverdi, Handel, and Mozart, equally adept at instrumental and non-operatic vocal music as he was at opera. All the other…


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Der Rosenkavalier in HD

Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier was the final HD telecast of the Met’s 2016-17 season. It also marked the last appearance of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as Octavian. The production by director Robert Carsen was introduced to the Met last month. He sets the action just prior to World War I. Unlike most time shifting in…


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Salome in Santa Fe

John the Baptist lost his head last night in Ruritania. That seems to me to be where director Daniel Slatter set Strauss’s sonic boom. I expected the Prisoner of Zenda to appear before Narraboth killed himself. All the men except the Baptist were dressed like they thought the show was written by a different Strauss…


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Capriccio in HD

Richard Strauss’ final opera, Capriccio, was broadcast over the Met’s HD network on Saturday April 23. This production was a revival of the company’s 1998 staging featuring Kiri Te Kanawa as the Countess. The opera had never been performed by the Met before 1998. Strauss’ valedictory to the theater has an odd and trivial subject considering the state…


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Recording of the Week: Four Last Songs

Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs are not only a personal valedictory, but they are the end of more than a century of glorious German art songs; they are the farewell to the lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, and finally Strauss himself. These hibernal songs written shortly before the composer’s death, and not performed…


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