Poster Richard Strauss conducting (c. 1900)
Richard Strauss conducting (c. 1900)
By Singleton, Esther, d. 1930, via Wikimedia Commons
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Strauss dishes it back

Performance Today - July 2, 2024

Some critics called composer Richard Strauss a musical coward, an egomaniac whose music had no depth or substance. Strauss dished it right back by making fun of critics in his music. Join us for the story and a brilliant performance on this edition of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Laura Kaminsky: Duo for Flute and Piano: 2nd movement: Andante. Slow, Serene
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute | Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Album: The Way Things Go
Bridge 9467

Gyorgy Ligeti: Six Bagatelles
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute | Stephen Taylor, oboe | Sebastian Manz, clarinet | Peter Kolkay, bassoon | Radovan Vlatkovic, horn
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center & Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Lawren Brianna Ware: Recollection and Anticipation for clarinet, viola, and harp
Marci Gurnow, clarinet | Jessica Oudin, viola | Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp
The Merian Ensemble, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Pre-Concert Series, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40: Mvts 2-4
Madeline Adkins, violin | Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Hour 2

Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra: Mvt. 4
Los Angeles Philharmonic | Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Album: Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 4794375

Valerie Coleman: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta
Julia Bogorad-Kogan, flute | Christine Kim, oboe | Sang Yoon Kim, clarinet | Matthew McDonald, bassoon | Patrick Pridemore, horn
SPCO, Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul, MN

Fanny Mendelssohn: Easter Sonata: Movements 2-4
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3: Mvt. 1
Yuja Wang, piano | Los Angeles Philharmonic | Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Album: Rachmaninoff: The Piano Concertos | Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
DG 4864759

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