The PROSPERO label, known for it's beautifully equipped productions, presents here an exceptional recital of well-known and lesser-known songs by Richard Strauss, outstandingly interpreted by Daniel Behle, Opus-Klassik prize winner and 'Singer of the Year 2020', and Swiss pianist Oliver Schnyder. The program includes Gesänge des Orients Op. 77 and Krämerspiegel Op. 66, two rarely heard song cycles by the composer. The latter has a fascinating history: the publisher Bote & Bock had wanted to secure the rights to the next songs for the publication of Op. 56 by a clause, which Strauss resented so much that it almost came to trial. The composer took his revenge with the bizarre Krämerspiegel, a subtle musical attack on the institution of music publishing. The many allusions and numerous musical subtleties are vividly explained in the detailed booklet text by Richard Stokes, a noted Strauss expert. It is also interesting to note that the piano part in Krämerspiegel is one of the most demanding the composer ever created. Oliver Schnyder masters these hurdles with remarkable musical depth and stirring bravura. The production also contains a rarity in the form of the song "Der Schmetterling" ("The Butterfly") on a text by Hermann Hesse, since it does not appear in any of the composer's catalogs of works. Even proven Strauss connoisseurs and specialists were unaware of it until now. Find out for yourself what this enchanting musical miniature is all about!