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150 years of Richard Strauss

1918 portrait of Strauss by Max LiebermannAt Refiner’s Fire we celebrate great music that matters. This year marks the 150th birthday of the great German Romantic composer Richard Strauss’ (1864-1949) birthday. Strauss is perhaps best known for his vocal writing including his operas Der Rosenkavalier, Salome, and his lieder including his four last songs and some of my personal favorites “Zueignung”, “Allerseelen”, and “Morgen”. Take a moment today to celebrate great music that matters by listening to one of the videos below of Richard Strauss’ work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Final Trio from Rosenkavalier

Jessyse Norman sings “Zueignung”

Richard Strauss’ tone poem familiar to fans of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey Also sprach Zarathustra

4. American Soprano Renee Fleming sings “Beim Schlafengehen” from Strauss’ Four Last Songs

 

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