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Stauss Alpine Symphony
Posted by Geoff Diggines on December 17, 2016, 11:11 am
Des, It seems that we were both wrong. The blatant anti-Semitic remark was in response to Frau Strauss offering Klemperer a sense of security (re Nazi aggression), Strauss proclaimed to her 'that would be just the right moment to stand up for a Jew!, is on page 42. On the same page Klemperer cites a character in Weill's Mahagonny, who has 'has something lacking', which he also ascribes to Strauss. Hans Knappertsbusch was far more direct saying that he had played cards with Strauss for years, and was a pig! Also Toscanini showed Strauss the door at La Scala for insisting on his very high payment for a double booking - a mistake. I have a great regard for Klemperer the conductor but I don't always go along with his views, he trashes Clemens Krauss (page 44 Conversations)whereas I found his Ring cycle from Bayreuth (early fifties - CD)quite remarkable. But both Klemperer and Toscanini, despite their reservations re his character/politics found Strauss a great composer,which I do not. Klemperer conducted, recorded 'Metamorphosen 'which he found 'quite nice'(page 42 again) Strauss wrote this as a kind of threnody to the destruction of Germany (Allied bombing), and while lamenting his beloved German/Austrian Opera houses, to his dying day, not a word of remorse/sympathy for the millions who died under the genocidal regime he supported.
If you get time, try and read Matthew Boyden's study of Strauss. Boyden strips away all the apologia re his Nazi politics; his close friendship with the likes of Goebbels, and the Fuhrer. When his son joined the Waffen SS, Strauss proclaimed it one of his proudest days... I rest my case.
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