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In Bruckner’s Style…

March 13, 2013

It is a shame that so many people confuse the tone-poem and opera writing composer Richard Strauss with the waltz-writing Strauss family from hundreds of years earlier, for R. Strauss’ music would be much better known otherwise.The piece below, Tod und Verklarung, or Death and Transfiguration, is one of this critic’s favorites. Though it may be heavy in places, it is full of action, and rewards the patient listener, much like Anton Bruckner. (Also, it’s only 20 or so minutes long- not half bad!)

The work is performed here by David Zinman and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich.

P.S. On a personal note, I have played this. The cello part, especially in the middle, is devilishly hard!


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  1. Thank you, incredibly beautiful music, I just feel Wagner in Strauss …. I find this piece of music of Strauss pretty ecstatic; I also heard a few bars at the beginning sounds like Dvorak’s Rusalka. My reverie was interrupted when the music finishes and of course it’s better to last longer. Thanks again.

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