Classics of the Phonograph

Strauss Tone Poems

Black and white photo of composer Richard Strauss

Composer Richard Strauss Photo by Ferdinand Schmutzer/Wikimedia Commons

Richard Strauss was fortunate to attract many virtuoso conductors to interpret his tone poems. Strauss's brilliant orchestration challenged the skills of world-class orchestras. The result were many successful recordings of the Strauss tone poems by the 1930s by such conductors as Mengelberg, Koussevitzky and Stokowski. On Saturday at 11, we will hear some of these recordings.