Donald's Ostrich 1937

Donald is the baggagemaster at a remote railway station. Part of the latest cargo shipment is Hortense the Ostrich, who is a bit too friendly with Donald, and who eats everything in sight, whether it's food or not (mostly not): a concertina, an alarm clock, some balloons, all of which start reacting when Hortense gets the hiccups.

Strauss Fantasy 1954

Johnny Green leads the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a medley of waltzes and other familiar pieces by three members of the Strauss family.

Strauss: Wiener Blut 1994

Conductor Johannes Wildner leads the Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava in a command performance of Johann Strauss's final operetta, "Wiener Blut" (Viennese Blood), at Austria's internationally recognized Mörbisch operetta festival in 1994. The production -- featuring a libretto by Victor Leon and Leo Stein -- showcases the choir of the Concert Union of the Wiener Volksoper and the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre.

Strauss: Die Fledermaus 1980

Theodor Guschlbauer conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera in this lavish staging of Johann Strauss's operetta. Recorded in 1980, the production features some of the leading performers of their day, including Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova, Bernd Weikl, Walter Berry and Brigitte Fassbaender.

Richard Strauss: Elektra 2006

Elektra, Op. 58, is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which he adapted from his 1903 drama Elektra. The opera was the first of many collaborations between Strauss and Hofmannsthal. It was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on January 25, 1909. Elektra is a difficult work and is musically complex. A performance requires musicians with great stamina. The role of Elektra in particular is one of the most demanding in the dramatic soprano repertoire.

Johann Strauss: Aschenbrodel 1999

Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta - Christian Rovny, Jolantha Seyfried, Christian Tichy, Simona Noja, Gregor Hatala and the Corps de ballet of the Wiener Staatsoper dance this magical version of the classic Cinderella story set to the music of Vienna composer Johann Strauss II. After transforming herself from a cinder-smudged house servant to a breathtakingly beautiful princess, Aschenbrödel meets the man of her dreams. But is she meant to have him for the rest of her life?

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier 1998

Among the greatest operas in Richard Strauss's oeuvre, "Der Rosenkavalier (The Cavalier of the Rose)" spins the tale of the Marschallin (Elizabeth Whitehouse), a dowager struggling with old age. Making the transition more difficult is Octavian (Ildiko Komlosi), a lover many years her junior. This 1997 Palermo production, under the baton of maestro Pier Luigi Pizzi, co-stars Daniel Lewis Williams as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin's obnoxious cousin.

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier 1960

This wonderful film has had a spotty release history, and has been in and out of print over the years, establishing itself as one of the must have cult items for a certain segment of the opera loving public. With this new Blu-ray transfer, hopefully it can stay in print long enough for fans to gobble it up, for it most certainly is a feast worthy of a Waltz King Richard Strauss. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is a near-perfect heroine in this poignantly comic look at aging and starcrossed lovers. Though this is not a flashy production, it's of such inestimable historical value, and presents this opera in such a glorious performance, that it's easy to overlook some of the technical issues of this Blu-ray. Highly recommended.

FAMOUS COMPOSERS: R. Strauss

This biography of R. Strauss features portraits, music, commentary, rare archival material and concludes with an informative outline of the key works. Background excerpts are performed by the Elysian Ensemble. Extend your listening experiences by combining these biographical videos with our Greatest Hits CDs for a great introduction to classical music for ages 12 and up. 35 min.

Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony 2008

Esteemed maestro Neeme Järvi conducts the Hague Philharmonic in a majestic performance of "An Alpine Symphony" -- Richard Strauss's epic tone poem that portrays the experience of a day spent climbing an Alpine mountain. The program also includes Strauss's Oboe Concerto, featuring oboist Pauline Oostenrijk, and Eduard Reeser's Symphonic Suite, an arrangement of Alphons Diepenbrock's score for the play "Elektra."

Richard Strauss - Ariadne Auf Naxos 2012

Flemings voice might have been made for Ariadne and she achieved a great personal triumph in this production: The chief glory of the evening was hearing Renee Fleming, the Straussian soprano par excellence, making her role debut as Ariadne… As the possessor of what is, possibly, the most beautiful soprano voice in the world, she put her vocal treasures in the service of an empathic, nuanced interpretation of the role. From the creamy top, through a rich, warm middle, to the bewitching, darker colours of her lower register, Fleming poured her magnificent sound into Strausss enchanting melodic arcs, animating the sadness, vulnerability, and desire of the bereft princess...

Strauss : The King of Three-Quarter Time

The year is 1868, the city - Vienna, the music - exhilarating, yet all is not well with Johann Strauss, Jr., the darling of waltzing Vienna. Haunted by the constant pressure to outdo himself with each new composition, Strauss meets Nicholas, a humble stable boy who fears his brutal stepfather. To their surprise, the composer and the boy find in one another a piece of life's emotional puzzle, discovering the healing bond of trust and embarking on a collaboration that will be music to the world's ears.

Cologne Music Triennale: Richard Strauss / Rautavaara

Recorded at the Cologne Music Triennale, this concert features Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra through a superb program featuring Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Symphony No. 8" and Richard Strauss's "Symphonia Domestica Op. 53." In a special interview, highly acclaimed conductor Sawallisch discusses topics such as contemporary music, American orchestras and interpreting Rautavaara's music.

Sisters 1991

Sisters is an Emmy Award-winning television drama which aired on NBC for six seasons, from 1991 to 1996. The series was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who also created the Showtime series Queer as Folk and wrote the acclaimed Emmy and Peabody Award winning drama An Early Frost, also for NBC. The show debuted on May 11, 1991 for a seven-episode test run and was subsequently renewed for the 1991 fall schedule. Sisters was the first primetime network television series to focus specifically on the lives of women, and the issues relating to them. It was also one of the first 'demographic' hits because of its strong female viewership. Other series about women would eventually follow, but at the time it was regarded as being groundbreaking.

The Strauss Family

The Strauss Family is a 1972 English Associated Television series of eight episodes, about the family of composers of that name, including Johann Strauss I and his sons Johann Strauss II, Eduard Strauss and Josef Strauss. The series was written by Anthony Skene, David Reid and David Butler, and directed by David Giles, David Reid and Peter Potter Anne Stallybrass was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Anna Strauss. ABC broadcast The Strauss Family in the United States from May 5 to June 16, 1973.

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