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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker: Don Quixote by Strauss

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  • Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Herbert von Karajan (Conductor)
  • Antonio Meneses (Cello)


Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Don Quixote, op. 35

Introduction: Mäßiges Zeitmaß
Theme: mäßig. (Don Quixote loses his sanity after reading novels about knights, and decides to become a knight-errant)
Variation I: Gemächlich. (Adventure at the Windmills)
Variation II: Kriegerisch. (The victorious struggle against the army of the great emperor Alifanfaron)
Variation III: Mäßiges Zeitmaß. (Dialogue between Knight and Squire)
Variation IV: Etwas breiter. (Unhappy adventure with a procession of pilgrims)
Variation V: Sehr langsam. (The knight's vigil)
Variation VI: Schnell. (The Meeting with Dulcinea)
Variation VII: Ein wenig ruhiger als vorher. (The Ride through the Air)
Variation VIII: Gemächlich. (The unhappy voyage in the enchanted boat)
Variation IX: Schnell und stürmisch. (Battle with the magicians)
Variation X: Viel breiter. (Duel with the knight of the bright moon)
Finale: Sehr ruhig. (Death of Don Quixote)

Recording: January 1 1986 - Philharmonie | Berlin
Director: Ernst Wild
Duration: 00:45

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