Strauss’ Symphonia

Richard Strauss:

For too many years, Strauss’ Symphonia Domestica and the Alpensinfonie were regarded as having little artistic worth, and while the Alpensinfonie has now firmly established itself in its rightful place as a masterpiece, the Domestica has been slower to achieve wide scale popularity.

On this CD, we get to listen to the following: Strauss, R:

  • Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53
  • Die Tageszeiten, Op. 76

Performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski conducting.

Richard Strauss’ original working title for the “Domestica” was “My home, A symphonic portrait of myself and my family” and it was intended as a sequel to “Ein Heldenleben”. Instead of the hero’s struggle for supremacy, Symphonia presents a portrait of a family, with the husband, wife and child each characterized by themes.

Here is the Richard Strauss Sinfonia domestica, with Zubin Mehta, conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker: