Monday19.30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall

Jordan, Müller, G. Capuçon / R. Strauss

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Richard Strauss is said to have worked on Don Quixote for a full six years. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's novel about the adventures of the titular melancholy knight, he gives the principal themes to the main protagonist and his companion. Their variations lead through various episodes and develop comedic qualities, just as in the literary source. Gautier Capuçon takes on the role of Quixote with the solo cello, while the viola, tenor tuba and bass clarinet alternately represent his companion, Sancho Panza. Around the same time as he wrote Quixote, Strauss began work on another symphonic poem, Ein Heldenleben. Given a simlarly lush orchestration, it was seen as an example of Strauss' exaggerated self-regard, and depicts the composer ultimately seeing off his adversaries, the music critics.

Performers

Herbert Müller 
viola 
Wiener Symphoniker
orchestra 

Programme

Richard Strauss
"Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character", Tone poem for large Orchestra op. 35 TrV 184
"Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character", Tone poem for large Orchestra op. 35 TrV 184
1896-1997
40min
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20min
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Richard Strauss
"Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero's Life"), Tone poem for large Orchestra op. 40 TrV 190
"Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero's Life"), Tone poem for large Orchestra op. 40 TrV 190
1897-1898
46min

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Wiener Konzerthaus

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