Where there’s music, there can be no evil— Cervantes (Don Quixote)
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.
- 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)
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
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