Strauss Audio Selections

  La Bourgeois Gentilhomme La_Bourgeois_Gentilhomme.html

Major Works of Strauss


  1. Aus Italien (1886)

  2. Macbeth (1888/90)

  3. Don Juan (Strauss) | Don Juan (1889)

  4. Tod und Verklärung
    (Death and Transfiguration) (1891)

  5. Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
    (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks) (1895)

  6. Also sprach Zarathustra (1896)

  7. Don Quixote (1898)

  8. Ein Heldenleben (1899)

  9. Symphonia Domestica
    (Domestic Symphony) (1904)

  10. Eine Alpensinfonie
    (An Alpine Symphony) (1915)

  Read more....Strauss_Program_Notes.html
Dance of the Seven Veils
from Salome
Seldom in the history of music has a work had more immediate and widespread impact than Salome. The opera’s libretto was based on the controversial play by Oscar Wilde, which the author described to Sarah Bernhardt, whom he intended to star in the first production, as “quelque chose de curieux et de sensuel.” So curious and sensual was it, in fact, that the British censor forbade the premiere planned for London in 1892, and it was not until four years later that the play was finally seen, in a production in Paris.Strauss_Program_Notes.html
  Also Scprach Zarathustra Also_Scprach_Zarathustra.html
  Till EulenspiegelTill_Eulenspiegel.html
  Der RosenkavalierDer_Rosenkavalier.html
  Symphony in F minor (Scherzo)Symphony_in_F.html
Quiz yourself on facts about StraussStrauss_Quiz_1.html
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Strauss Video Links

Here is a very campy filmed version of the beginning of the famous Dance of the Seven Veils. In Technicolor! Check out the harp strings: don’t they look a little loose to you?

Part 2 of above.

Strauss composed his Horn Concerto no. 1 in 1883 at the age of 18, and it has remained one of the most widely performed horn concertos in the literature. Here is the legendary Barry Tuckwell performing the first movement of this youthful work. What influences do you see at play in the early works of Strauss?

Here is a wonderful excerpt from Don Juan, the tone poem of 1889 that brought Strauss international fame, and launched his series of ever-more daring and progressive orchestral works of the 1890s. Note how the entire string section moves and sways with the music, under the baton of the incomparable Daniel Barenboim.

The Gustav Mahler Youth Symphony performs the opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra, the monumental tone poem from 1896. Some of these students don’t look so young! I think the conductor may be younger than some of the performers on stage….

My personal favorite work of this composer has always remained Don Quixote, for solo cello and orchestra. CYS performed this VERY difficult work under my baton shortly after I assumed the musical directorship of the orchestra. Here is a famous rendition of the finale played by Rostropovich, with Herbert von Karajan conducting. Personally I am not in favor of conducting with eyes closed all the time, as I believe the connection with the orchestra comes from the eyes.

One the last works written by Strauss (in his 80’s) was Metamorphosen, for 23 solo string players. Here is a fine performance of this super-late work, composed in 1945 and reflecting the sadness of the composer with regard to the total destruction of his country at the end of World War II.

I saved the best for last! One of the 20th century’s greatest conductors was Sergiu Celibidache, who was renowned for both his interpretations of the masterworks as well as his unrelenting demands on orchestras. Here he is in a rehearsal of Till Eulenspiegel by Strauss. An amazing film clip! Notice the immense energy and the power of his facial expressions! WOW! (he never stops talking or grunting while conducting!)

Although this is not Strauss, I thought you might find it interesting to see Celibidache at the end of his life. What a transformation from the above video! Soon that will be ME! :/

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Richard Strauss

(1864 - 1949)

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Works Performed by CYS

CYS has been regularly playing the works of Strauss for the last 20 years. Listed below is the performance history:

  1. Death and Transfiguration  (1992)

  2. Don Juan  (1998 and 2005) 
    Recorded in Spain in 1998

  3. Don Quixote  (1994)

  4. Der Rosenkavalier Suite  (1994 and 2007)

  5. Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome 
    (2004 and 2010) Home Page
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