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Richard Strauss - Violin Concerto / Don Quixote

James: Ehnes Daniel Muller Schott
CD  |  Classical  |  15 Mar 2019
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Richard Strauss - Violin Concerto / Don Quixote CD

 

 

 

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis continue their acclaimed survey of the orchestral music of Richard Strauss, with this latest volume featuring three world-class soloists – James Ehnes, Daniel Müller-Schott and Christopher Moore – performing two of his finest early works: the Violin Concerto, and the tone poem Don Quixote.

Performed here by dual Grammy Award-winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes, Strauss's Violin Concerto is a beautiful and inventive work, remarkably mature considering Strauss wrote it when he was still a teenager. Strangely seldom performed today, it is full of melody and of virtuoso fireworks, very much of its Romantic time but hinting at the recent Classical masters Beethoven and Mozart.

Don Quixote is inspired by Cervantes's iconic novel, and Strauss demonstrates every bit of his flair for the dramatic (which would be fully realised in his great operas Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome). With Daniel Müller-Schott's cello representing the famous man of La Mancha, and Christopher Moore's viola cast as his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza, Strauss takes us on an incredible journey into the mind of this deluded nobleman, and across the rustic landscape of the Don's native Spain.

The MSO's Strauss series was launched in 2014 with a major European tour including the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw, and has so far included Four Last Songs with Erin Wall, Ein Heldenleben, Four Symphonic Interludes, Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and An Alpine Symphony. The recordings have won significant acclaim from the international press, with BBC Music Magazine describing Also sprach Zarathustra as ‘a benchmark recording'.

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Title: Richard Strauss - Violin Concerto / Don Quixote

Format: CD

Release Date: 15 Mar 2019

Artist: James: Ehnes Daniel Muller Schott

Sku: 2415623

Catalogue No: 4817471

Category: Classical

TRACKS

DISC 1

RICHARD STRAUSS - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 8: I. Allegro

RICHARD STRAUSS - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 8: II. Lento ma non troppo

RICHARD STRAUSS - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 8: III. Rondo (Presto)

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Introduction: Don Quixote Loses His Sanity after Reading Novels about Knights, and Decides to Become a Knight-Errant

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Theme: Don Quixote, Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Theme: Sancho Panza

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation I: Adventure at the Windmills

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation II: The Victorious Struggle against the Army of the Great Emperor Alifanfaron

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation III: Dialogue between Knight and Squire

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation IV: Unhappy Adventure with a Procession of Pilgrims

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation V: The Knight's Vigil

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation VI: Meeting with Dulcinea

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation VII: The Ride through the Air

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation VIII: The Unhappy Voyage in the Enchanted Boat

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation IX: Battle with the Magicians

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Variation X: Duel with the Knight of the Bright Moon

Don Quixote Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35 - Finale: Coming to His Senses Again


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