Composers: Return to Richard

In the last four years of his life, Richard Strauss seldom heard his works performed by his own countrymen. The post World War II silent treatment was his penalty for having meekly allowed himself to be paraded as the artistic spirit of the Third Reich. But Strauss's death in 1949 seemed a signal for a West German revival of his music. Audiences eagerly returned to his masterworks. And this year, the 100th anniversary of his birth, the revival has become almost deafening.

The Berlin Opera is presenting six Strauss productions, from Der...

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