A Don Quixote Adventure and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote has served as a muse for countless musical pieces. Richard Strauss found the subject suited to his ability to depict characters in his tone poems and appealing to his penchant for combining music and literary subjects. In this performance, the roles of Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, are portrayed by the New York Phil’s principal cellist (Carter Brey) and violist (Cynthia Phelps), respectively.
Conductor Bernard Haitink then moves the Philharmonic from one world to another with Beethoven’s lovely and illustrative Sixth Symphony, subtitled “Pastoral Symphony of Reminiscence of Rural Life, More an Expression of Feeling than Tone Painting.”
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Fantastical Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character for large Orchestra.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral.