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Richard Strauss: Don Quixote; Till Eulenspiegel / Lawrence Power, viola; Alban Gerhardt, cello

Audio Samples

>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote, subtitled "Fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character," is one of the composer's most popular works, principally because of the beautifully drawn central characters of the Don (performed by a solo cellist) and Sancho Panza (performed by a solo violist). These complex roles are luxuriously portrayed in this new recording by Hyperion artists Alban Gerhardt and Lawrence Power. The merry tale of Till Eulenspiegel completes the program, which features The Gürzenich-Orchester Köln - the very orchestra that gave the premieres of both works in the 1890s - conducted by Markus Stenz, who has held the position of Principal Conductor since 2003.

The Guardian, 11th April 2013
Gerhardt and Power convey the complex nature of the relationship between the two...Stenz's conducting is all about the cumulative impact of small gestures rather than grand statements. We're conscious throughout of the classical form at the work's heart, though Stenz is also marvellous when it comes to those astonishing moments when the Don's fantasies assume a transcendent reality greater than anything on earth. It's nigh-on perfect.

Sunday Times, 7th April 2013
The playing here is first-rate, and Alban Gerhardt and Lawrence Power are vivid soloists.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Stenz gets the proportions exactly right. He plunges us into the delirium of the melancholy hero's addled brain with a clarity pointing forward to Schoenberg's First Chamber Symphony...Adventurous Alban Gerhardt is vivid as Quixote takes several tumbles...The peerless viola player Laurence Power is luxury casting as an equally human Sancho Panza. No stars needed to be drafted in for one of the best Till Eulenspiegels on disc...an irrepressible performance.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
So overall, a good solid Don Quixote in really fine spacious, clear recorded sound. With what little time I have to actually sit and listen to music, I'm going to reach for the best: Chicago Symphony/Reiner (RCA) and one of the two best Berlin Karajans: the EMI with Rostropovich or the earlier DG with Fournier. Then there's the irreplaceable right-ness of Kempe with Tortelier (EMI). And the much under-rated MET Orchestra/Levine with the orchestra's own Jerry Grossman integrating beautifully with the overall texture. I like Szell (Sony) and Kempe (EMI). It serves as fine filler here, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Probensaal des Gürzenich-Orchesters, Cologne (02/06/2012-02/09/2012).



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>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote, Op. 35
  • Performers: Lawrence Power (Viola); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Ensemble: Gurzenich Orchestra Koln
  • Notes: Probensaal des Gürzenich-Orchesters, Cologne (02/06/2012-02/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
  • Performers: Lawrence Power (Viola); Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Notes: Probensaal des Gürzenich-Orchesters, Cologne (02/06/2012-02/09/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1894-1895