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Title: DON QUIXOTE & VIER LETZTE LIEDER
Titles by this Artist: LEAPER: CND/ORQUESTA FILARMO
Titles by this Label: ANO-ARTE NOVA AMERICA
Catalog #: 544660
Released: 3/9/2010
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Item Details
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’s 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.

Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs, 1948) represent his swan song in this genre. Based on texts by Joseph von Eichendorff and Hermann Hesse, the music displays that wonderfully free melodic line, backed by evermore rich and detailed orchestral writing, of the kind that the young Strauss had sought after many years before. In terms of content, the songs mirror the composer’s sorrow over the destruction of his homeland during the madness of the recent war, and they also celebrate the composer’s lifelong love for his wife and his sentiments at the approach of death. (text by Sven Koblischek)

Featured Artists
Hellen Kwon: soprano
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
Adrian Leaper:
conductor


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Track Preview 1. Vier letzte Lieder, AV 15
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Track Preview 5. Don Quixote, Op. 35: Intr
Track Preview 6. Don Quixote, Op. 35: Vari
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Track Preview 16. Don Quixote, Op. 35: Fina


 

 


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