The theme of Richard Strauss’s last 1942 opera, Capriccio, is the relationship between words and music. This makes it an ideal concert piece, with attention focused on its libretto and glittering score. Musical highlights include the opening instrumental sextet, which sees Strauss at his most lyrical; the witty and quarrelling ensembles; and the Countess’s closing monologue. This finale is a stream of intense melody tinged with melancholy that leaves audiences spellbound.
Sung in German with English surtitles
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