Richard Strauss: Don Quixote; Vier Letzte Lieder

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>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
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Notes & Reviews:

Don Quixote was premiered unsuccessfully in Paris in 1900. At that time Romain Rolland, who later helped Strauss with the French libretto to Salome (Op. 54), remarked in his diary that the public "choked in its outrage... they couldn't take any humor." This work, which looks back to Franz Liszt but also forward to the future, found no friends in the great city on the Seine - despite (or perhaps precisely because of) its progressive aspects. Strauss' tone poem is an expression of "truly poetic content" through "music alone," depicting the figure of Don Quixote in the form of 10 "fantastic" variations, framed by an introduction and epilogue. It may be seen almost as a "character-like" sketch of the life of that literary knight.

Don Quixote was premiered unsuccessfully in Paris in 1900, despite (or perhaps precisely because of) its progressive aspects. This disc contrasts the work with Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs, 1948), his swan song in this genre.



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>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
  • Performer: Hellen Kwon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Leaper
  • Running Time: 19 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1948

>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
  • Performers: Emil Klein (Cello); Vladimir Mendelssohn (Viola)
  • Conductor: Adrian Leaper
  • Running Time: 40 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897