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Richard Strauss: Episode I

2014 Richard-Strauss Institut, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Richard Strauss in the 1940s, composing.

Richard Strauss was one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th century with incredible tone poems that eclipsed those of the great Franz Liszt. Also a major conductor of operas, Strauss knew how to tell a story, and in 1915 he completed his most epic tone poem, his Alpine Symphony. It’s a glorious and cinematic work that doesn’t often get radio airplay, so we will enjoy it in one of the finest recordings ever.

Compositions and Recordings

Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, Richard Strauss
Vladimir Ashkenazy and The Czech Philharmonic

An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss
Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
Leah Sosland is an intern for 91.9 Classical KC.