In the final video of our short series which features soprano Renée Fleming and conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discussing Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, they talk about the "simple and heartbreaking" music of Richard Strauss. Strauss is a composer close to the soprano's heart and one who she believes has been ever popular but not always respected, particularly in Europe.
The series accompanies the May 4 finale of Renée Fleming's Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. Vienna: Window to Modernity is a thoughtful tribute to the time and place where the European musical tradition, under the influence of literary and visual arts, gave way to the 20th century.
Renée Fleming in Conversation with Leon Botstein: The Music of Richard Strauss
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