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Richard Strauss

October 16, 2008

a hero's life

When Richard Strauss compared himself to Napoleon and wrote a piece about himself, calling it "A Hero's Life," he had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Some of the critics didn't get the joke - Strauss parodied them in the piece. Today we'll hear music from "A Hero's Life" featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Richard Strauss
    Overture to "Die Schweigsame Frau"
    The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with conductor Karl Anton Rickenbacher
  • Pepe Romero
    "Farrucas"
    Guitarist Lito Romero
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Richard Strauss
    Music from "Ein Heldenleben"
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Alexander Mickelthwaite
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

hour 2

  • Gustav Mahler
    Quartet in A Minor for Piano and Strings
    Members of the American Chamber Players
    Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Maurice Ravel
    "Noble and Sentimental Waltzes"
    The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic with conductor Ed Spanjaard
    Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Erik Satie
    Gnossiennes No. 1 and No. 2
    Saxophonist Arno Bornkamp with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic and conductor Ed Spanjaard
    Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Samuel Scheidt
    "Pavan"
    Capriccio Stravagante
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • John Dowland
    "Captaine Digorie Piper's Galliard"
    Capriccio Stravagante
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Maurice Ravel
    "The Valley of the Bells"
    Cellist Nathaniel Rosen and pianist Doris Stevenson
  • Paul Constantinescu
    "Toccata"
    Pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa
    Mihail Jora Hall, Bucharest, Romania
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