Strauss’ Legacy.


Richard Strauss:

  • Don Juan, Op. 20

Performed by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons, conducting.

In these live recordings, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its longtime chief conductor, Mariss Jansons, present two well-known tone poems by Richard Strauss. These composition belong in the library of any music lover who enjoys the music of Richard Strauss.

With his “Don Juan” composition, composed during the 1800’s, the young and aspiring Richard Strauss secured himself a lasting place as a composer and as a master of the symphonic poem compositional form.

On the other hand, “Ein Heldenleben” (“A Hero’s Life”), was written at the turn of the 20th century, and it is a work of total self-confidence in every aspect.

Today, with its massive score for over one hundred musicians, “Ein Heldenleben” ranks as one of the great cornerstones for any symphony orchestra – and with its extensive solo violin part, also for a concertmaster as well.

Here is a brilliant performance of Strauss’ Don Juan, Op. 20, with Gustavo Dudamel and the Berliner Philharmoniker:



And next, here is Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben”, op. 40, with Mariss Jansons:



Tags: Richard Strauss, Don Juan, “Ein Heldenleben”, Hero’s life, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conductor, Mariss Jansons