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Richard Strauss: Song Cycles

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Richard Strauss: Song Cycles
Richard Strauss: Song Cycles


The PROSPERO label, known for its beautifully equipped productions, presents here an exceptional recital of well-known and lesser-known songs by Richard Strauss, outstandingly interpreted by Daniel Behle, Opus-Klassik prize winner and 'Singer of the Year 2019', accompanied by Swiss pianist Oliver Schnyder. The program includes Gesange des Orients Op.77 and Kramerspiegel Op.66, two rarely heard song cycles by the composer. The latter has a fascinating history: the publisher Bote & Bock had wanted to secure the rights to the next songs for the publication of Op.56 by a clause, which Strauss resented so much that it almost came to trial. The composer took his revenge with the bizarre Kramerspiegel, a subtle musical attack on the institution of music publishing. The many allusions and numerous musical subtleties are vividly explained in the detailed booklet text by Richard Stokes, a noted Strauss expert. It is also interesting to note that the piano part in Kramerspiegel is one of the most demanding the composer ever created. Oliver Schnyder masters these hurdles with remarkable musical depth and stirring bravura. The production also contains a rarity in the form of the song "Der Schmetterling" ("The Butterfly") on a text by Hermann Hesse, since it does not appear in any of the composer's catalogues of works. Even proven Strauss connoisseurs and specialists were unaware of it until now. Find out for yourself what this enchanting musical miniature is all about! The versatile tenor and composer Daniel Behle is equally successful in the concert, Lied and opera genres. His extensive repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces, Classical and Romantic works to compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries.


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  2. Winterweihe, op. 48/4
  3. Winterliebe, op. 48/5
  4. Waldseligkeit, op. 49/1 (1901)
  5. Traum durch die Dämmerung, op. 29/1 (1895)
  6. Der Schmetterling
  7. Morgenrot, op. 46/4
  8. Gesange des Orients (1928), op. 77
  9. Kramerspiegel (1918), op. 66
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