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Saturday, June 8, 2019 Permalink

The Don Quixote Connection

Don Quixote, illustrator unknown (U.S. 1874)


Few works of literature have had the impact of Miguel de Cervantes’ great comic novel, Don Quixote, whose title character becomes obsessed with tales of knights, ladies and chivalryand sets out to recreate them all.

The story has been adapted and dramatized, danced and painted, and has inspired works of instrumental and vocal music for more than 400 years.

In this hour, Don Quixote in works by Purcell, Telemann, Mendelssohn, Falla, Strauss, Rodrigo and more. 


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
R. Strauss: Don Quixote Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan DG 000289 439 0272 4 028943902724
Purcell Songs and Sacred Arias Maurice Bevan, George Malcolm Regis RRC 1366 5055031313662
Boismortier: Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet, Naxos 8.553647 7300994647277
Telemann: Don Quixote at the Wedding of Camacho Academy for Ancient Music of Bremen, Michael Schneider CPO 999 210-2 76120392102
Mendelssohn Overtures Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner Capriccio C10708 845221001623
Rubinstein: Concerto for Violoncello Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, George Hanson MDG 335 1165-2 760623116525
Minkus: Don Quixote Sofia National Opera Orchestra, Nayden Todorov Naxos 8.557065-66 747313206520
Massenet: Don Quichotte Choirs and Orchestra of the Capitol of Toulouse, Michel Plasson. EMI Classics 5099930910027 5099930910027
De Falla: El Amor Brujo/El Retablo de Maese Pedro Ginesa Ortega, Barcelona Theatre Chamber Orchestra, Josep Pons.  Harmonia Mundi 905213 093046521325
Jose Van Dam: Songs With Orchestra Jose Van Dam, Opera Orchestra of Lyon, Kent Nagano. Virgin Classics 759236 2 077775922721
Don Quixote in Spanish Music Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, Jose Ramon Encinar Naxos 8.570260 0747313026074
Kareyev Symphony No. 3, Don Quixote Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,Dmitry Yablonsky.  Naxos 8.570720 0747313072071

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