Composer in Focus: Richard Strauss
Playlist • Richard Strauss
This selection of recordings from the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Botstein offers a musical window onto the depth and range of this extraordinary composer.
Among Strauss’s greatest achievements are his ambitious tone poem Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24, 1889), which explores the mystery of death and what might lie beyond; Die Tageszeiten (Time of The Day, Op. 76, 1928), a setting for male choir and orchestra and the perfect showcase for the talents of the Bard Festival Chorale; and Eine Alpensinfonie (Alpine Symphony, Op. 64, 1916), a symphonic tone poem that gives full expression to Strauss’s reverence for the glories of nature.