Strauss on the Record
Richard Strauss-Jahrbuch 2019 (Hollitzer Verlag, Wien)
Edited by Matthew Werley and Oswald Panagl
Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan and hi-fi stereo are a match made in heaven. The opulent sonic canvases of the composer’s orchestral and operatic works featured centrally in the Salzburg-born conductor’s career on the stage and in the recording studio.
The essays collected here critically examine this problematic relationship and seek to frame Strauss’s acoustic legacy in terms of both material history and performance studies. Strauss “on the record” opens up new avenues for research into one of the most iconic parings of twentieth-century music.