Richard Strauss (1864-1949): "Don Quixote"
Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, op. 35 (1897)
In one great dramatic arc … appealing and valuable
In Vol. 20 of our LIVING CONCERT SERIES, Jonathan Darlington and the Duisburg Philharmonic again show their special feel for the colour of sound and orchestral balance. In one great dramatic arc, Darlington leads them through the idealized dream world lived out by and inevitably the downfall of the story's hero Don Quixote. But the work is more than a symphonic tone poem and programme music, more than a set of variations and due to the presentation two solo instruments, more than a symphonic concerto. It is the combination of these elements which makes "Don Quixote" so incredibly appealing and valuable.