WQED Pittsburgh Podcast: The Orchestral Songs of Richard Strauss

Program air date: September 21, 2012

Baritone Thomas Hampson, as part of WQED‘s Pittsburgh Symphony Radio “At the Symphony”with Jim Cunningham, talks about some magnificent but obscure songs by Richard Strauss, Orchestral Songs for Baritone and Orchestra (1896-7), which he sang with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the season’s opening weekend, September 21-23, 2012. Hampson also talks about his concert with the Israel Philharmonic at Salzburg, and his forays into the world of Twitter and iPad apps, including golf and news apps — as well as the Thomas Hampson app. With the fall season ahead, he talks about sensible tips to avoid colds and keep his voice healthy.

Read the program notes and song texts and translations from this concert: Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs for Baritone

The Richard Strauss songs discussed in this podcast include:

  1. “Hymnus” (Text: Friedrich Schiller)
  2. “Notturno” (Text: Richard Dehmel)
  3. “Pilgers Morgenlied” (Text: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), one of Strauss’ few Goethe settings
  4. “Nächtlicher Gang” (Text: Friedrich Rückert)

WQED Pittsburgh Podcast: The Orchestral Songs of Richard Strauss

with Thomas Hampson

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WQED Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert, on 26 December 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

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Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival was inaugurated on August 22, 1920, when Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s morality play Jedermann was premiered on the Domplatz, directed by Max Reinhardt. Since that time, the Salzburg Festival has established itself as the most important festival for opera, drama and concerts.

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Part of

Richard Strauss: A Life Never Without Song