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Prodigious Imagination

Markus Stenz conducts
Richard Strauss -
heard by
ANDREW SCHARTMANN

'... a resounding success ...'

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote; Till Eulenspiegel. © 2013 Hyperion Records Ltd

Richard Strauss's tone poems are some of the most vivid examples of programme music in the classical canon. Blessed with a gift for thematic invention and orchestral color, the composer brings unprecedented life to the stories he seeks to animate and conveys the nuance of their multi-dimensional characters with prodigious imagination.

Hyperion's latest recording of Don Quixote and Till Eulenspiegel, performed by Gürzenich-Orchester Köln under the baton of Markus Stenz, is a resounding success in this respect. Whether it be to depict the contrasting personalities of Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho or the numerous faces of troublemaker and folk hero Till Eulenspiegel, the programmatic task at hand is always executed with conviction under Stenz's watch...

Copyright © 11 November 2013 Andrew Schartmann,
Connecticut USA

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RICHARD STRAUSS: DON QUIXOTE; TILL EULENSPIEGEL

RICHARD STRAUSS

MARKUS STENZ

ALBAN GERHARDT

LAWRENCE POWER

GERMANY

HYPERION RECORDS LTD

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