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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Strauss: Violin Concerto / Don Quixote

Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto | Don Quixote

James Ehnes violin | Daniel Müller-Schott cello | Christopher Moore viola

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

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 Quixoteis 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 operasDer Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten andSalome). 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’.

TRACKLISTING

RICHARD STRAUSS

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 8

1     I. Allegro

2     II. Lento ma non troppo

3     III. Rondo (Prestissimo)

Don Quixote – Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 35

4     Introduction: Don Quixote Loses His Sanity after Reading Novels
       about Knights, and Decides to Become a Knight-Errant

5     Theme: Don Quixote, Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance

6     Theme: Sancho Panza

7     Variation I: Adventure at the Windmills

8     Variation II: The Victorious Struggle against the Army of the Great
       Emperor Alifanfaron

9     Variation III: Dialogue between Knight and Squire

10   Variation IV: Unhappy Adventure with a Procession of Pilgrims

11   Variation V: The Knight’s Vigil

12   Variation VI: Meeting with Dulcinea

13   Variation VII: The Ride through the Air

14   Variation VIII: The Unhappy Voyage in the Enchanted Boat

15   Variation IX: Battle with the Magicians

16   Variation X: Duel with the Knight of the Bright Moon

17   Finale: Coming to His Senses Again

James Ehnes violin

Daniel Müller-Schott cello
Christopher Moore viola

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor

Recorded live in concert at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Release
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