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    Default Richard Strauss

    Certainly one of my favs among the German/Austrian nationals. I haven't heard the entire body of his work, and only own a few pieces. Among those, favorites include Buleske (credit to whoever it was in this forum that recommended that one to me a while back), and Ein Heldenleben, which I've had for a while.

    Any other recommendations which would favor the two mentioned? I've also heard the Alpine Symphonie, but not quite enough to make any serious comments. Your favorites?

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    I love his tone poems, Ein Heldenleben, Alpensinfonie, Till Eulenspiegel, Zarathustra, etc....

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    Four Last Songs by Jessye Norman, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur - A must!

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    Yes, Eulenspiegel and also Don Juan are good too. I have those on a New Years album by the BPO.

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    I've just begun to listen to the music of Richard Strauss; amazing... I'm listening Don Juan and Don Quixote, they're great. Till Eulenspiegel is hilarious.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    I like his operas quite a bit- Elektra and the infamous Salomé in particular. One of the very first recordings I bought included Also Sprach Zarathustra (coupled with Holst's The Planets).
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    Der Rosenkavalier, Capriccio, both horn concertos, early piano sonata (Op 8?). sinphonia Domestica, Metamorphosen, his entire opus.

    Spelling is bad but I'm running out as I write this.

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    Don't feel bad I don't spell some things too good myself. Sometimes I run up on
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    I am normally quite strict with spelling and grammar, back yonder when I first got on forums I used to type like so: "i rly like 2 wach NEthin" and I got bashed big time. And looking back I'm a better person because I had been flamed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yagan Kiely View Post
    I am normally quite strict with spelling and grammar, back yonder when I first got on forums I used to type like so: "i rly like 2 wach NEthin" and I got bashed big time. And looking back I'm a better person because I had been flamed.
    It's the same for everybody, one never learns anything if he just get praises all the time. Sometimes the truth hurts, but hey, knowing the truth about oneself is pretty damn vital for self-improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustav View Post
    It's the same for everybody, one never learns anything if he just get praises all the time, sometimes truth hurts, but hey, knowing the truth about oneself is pretty damn vital for self-improvement.
    Well, in that case, Gustav... that's a run-on sentence and thus grammatically incorrect
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C Coleman View Post
    Four Last Songs by Jessye Norman, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur - A must!
    Yep, I agree, Fantastic music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhaBandit View Post
    Well, in that case, Gustav... that's a run-on sentence and thus grammatically incorrect
    I don't really give a damn about grammar anymore, either you get what i say or don't. I am not here to teach people how to write in "proper English". I am here to exchange ideas, but if you want to be picky about it, be my guest.

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    Constructive criticism is essential to one's self-improvement...*

    One of my earliest pieces of vinyl was a DG/Boston Symphony/Steinberg Zarathustra. My enthusiasm was such that I quickly acquired the remaining tone poems, except for Transfiguration. I suppose one of my family members has all that old vinyl that I left behind. I've since "buffed out" my collection on CD... but I still never really "got" the Alpensinfonie. By the way, I also love Rosenkavalier, and esteem it more highly that R. Strauss' other operas.

    * ...unless, of course, the criticism concerns a topic that we deem to be irrelevant. Then, it is insignificant, quite, when contrasted to the criticisms concerning the relevant issues that WE broach in our own critiques of others.

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    I've heard Fritz Reiner was one of R. Strauss' greatest interpreters... and, hearing his account of Don Juan, I can do nothing else but agree.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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