Strauss: Don Quixote; Burleske

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COMPOSERS: Strauss
LABELS: RCA Gold Seal
WORKS: Don Quixote; Burleske
PERFORMER: Antonio Janigro, Byron Janis; Chicago SO/Reiner
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 61796 2 ADD (1959/57)
Throughout his career Fritz Reiner showed a particular affinity for the music of Richard Strauss. Here he delivers an exceptionally vivid account of Don Quixote – each bizarre episode from the eccentric knight’s adventures is portrayed with razor-sharp insight. One notices, in particular, Reiner’s miraculous attention to detail, his unfailing grip on the structural direction of the work and the superb response from both soloist and orchestra. With its flashes of sardonic wit, the earlier Burleske makes for an excellent coupling, and illustrates Reiner’s formidable prowess as a concerto accompanist. By any standards, a self-recommending issue. Erik Levi

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