Don Quixote

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20/11/2019 - 20/11/2019

Don Quixote :: © © Ole Brodersen

Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Quixote takes the audience on a journey of orchestral variations that relate the knight errant’s adventures, a romantic allegory of the composer himself. In contrast to this programmatic precision, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor is shrouded in mystery. On the night of its premiere, when the composer was asked whether his new symphony explored a particular theme, he agreed, but revealed nothing more. Nine days later, Tchaikovsky suddenly died. Since then, the work has been the object of much speculation: a testament, a love letter, a suicide note … What remains is a deeply moving symphony that is among the most popular in the repertoire.

Programme


Richard Strauss
Don Quixote. Fantastische Variationen über ein Thema ritterlichen Characters, op. 35 (1897)
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Symphony N°6 in B Minor “Pathétique”, op.74 (1893)

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