Classics Unlocked with Graham Abbott

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The Orchestral Songs of Richard Strauss

Ep. 21

In this episode of 'Classics Unlocked', Graham Abbott explores one of the last of the German Romantic composers, Richard Strauss, who is today remembered primarily for creating stunning works in two genres: orchestral tone poems and operas. Yet Strauss should be remembered just as much for his creation of music in another genre, because he took up the challenge of continuing and developing the German song tradition in a form usually known as Lieder. An extension of the form was the orchestral song, and Strauss composed more than 40 orchestral songs, spanning most of his life.


The soloists featured in this episode of Classics Unlocked are:


Jessye Norman

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Karita Mattila

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Christine Schäfer

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Renée Fleming

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Lisa Della Casa

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