To introduce this clip found on Twitter: I loathe Strauss.The guy could put notes on paper, but those notes make the sound of a bourgeois toady selling himself through empty titillation. That Wagner is held to account for Nazism, but the Nazi-friendly Strauss is still celebrated, especially in the opera house, is one of the great crimes in classical music.
Now Strauss has found his perfect listener, a worthless, flaccid authoritarian whose grandiose and empty taste fits Strauss to a T. They deserve each other, and they both deserve this amazing performance.
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