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Walter Braunfels (1882-1954): Don Juan Op. 34; Symphonic Variations on an Old French Nursery Song, Op. 15 / Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg-Gera, Markus Frank

Album Summary

>Braunfels, Walter : Don Juan, introduction, theme & variations for orchestra (after Mozart), Op. 34
>Braunfels, Walter : Symphonic Variations on an old French Children's Song, for orchestra, Op. 15
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Walter Braunfels was applauded as a pioneering representative of New Music. Leading conductors such as Hans Pfitzner, Ernst von Schuch, Bruno Walter, Arthur Nikisch and Wilhelm Furtwängler performed his orchestral works in major cities. Following the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, as a 'half-Jew' Braunfels also lost all his positions and was banned from performing or being performed. Braunfels' name was consistently deleted from musical literature and reference works. In his Classical and Romantic phantasmagoria Don Juan, in seven movements Braunfels varies themes and motifs from Mozart's opera Don Giovannni, premiered in 1787, deliberately placing himself in the tradition of German Classicism and Romanticism, which he sought to transfer into the 20th century with his own compositional means. Don Juan was premiered by Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1924.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
The performances make up in panache for what they lack in finesse. Markus L Frank drives both works hard, and the energy of Don Juan is particularly infectious.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bühnen der Stadt Dera, Konzertsaal (03/19/2013).



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>Braunfels, Walter : Don Juan, introduction, theme & variations for orchestra (after Mozart), Op. 34
  • Conductor: Markus Frank
  • Ensemble: Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg-Gera
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Braunfels, Walter : Symphonic Variations on an old French Children's Song, for orchestra, Op. 15
  • Conductor: Markus Frank
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909