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Richard Strauss: Don Quixote Limited Vinyl LP

by Jacqueline du Pré

Release Date: 08 June 2018

Format: LP Vinyl

Label: Warner Classics

£18.99

Jacqueline du Pré Richard Strauss: Don Quixote Limited Vinyl LP

Overview:
This album was originally supposed to be recorded by Jacqueline du Pré with Otto Klemperer, but after only one day of recording the conductor withdrew from it and from the concerts that were planned a few days later. Klemperer was promptly replaced by Sir Adrian Boult for the concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and Boult and du Pré made a complete performance at Abbey Road Studios which was recorded. As wrote Andrew Keener, who edited and remastered this album for the 1st release in 1995 (on CD): “Judging by sundry noises (pencils dropping, even talking at one point), Boult’s single take was probably made with the recording light off and it may have been simply a whim to switch on the recorder.” To remedy “the inevitable handful of significant flaws and a missing first bar (caused by a belatedly switched-on recorder)” Keener made a few short patches from the Klemperer takes, and the result is incredible. Full story to read in the liner notes. A unique occasion to hear Jacqueline du Pré in a masterpiece for cello music from the XXth Century.

Featured Tracks:
Side: 1
1. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op 35: Introduktion : Ma iges Zeitma
2. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op 35: Thema: Ma ig - The Knight of the Mournful Countenance
3. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op 35: Variation I: Gemachlich - The adventure of the windmills
4. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op.35: Variation II: Kriegerisch - The battle with the sheep
5. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op 35: Variation III: Ma iges Zeitma - Dialogue of Knight and Squire
6. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op.35: Variation IV: Etwas breiter - The adventure with the procession of penitents
7. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op.35: Variation V: Sehr langsam - Don Quixote's vigil

Side: 2
1. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op.35: Variation VI: Schnell - Dulcinea's enchantment
2. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op.35: Variation VII: Ein wenig ruhiger als vorher - The ride through the air
3. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op 35: Variation VIII: Gamachlich - The adventure of the enchanted boat
4. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op 35: Variation IX: Schnell und sturmisch - The battle with the enchanters
5. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op.35: Variation X: Viel breiter - Don Quixote's defeat and journey home
6. Don Quixote - Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op.35: Finale: Sehr ruhig - The death of Don Quixote

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