An Evening of Sublime Strauss with Mattila and the SLSO

By Miller, Sarah Bryan | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), September 27, 2015 | Go to article overview

An Evening of Sublime Strauss with Mattila and the SLSO


Miller, Sarah Bryan, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was the heir to Richard Wagner's mantle as an opera composer, and a witty, insightful orchestral writer who honed the art of the tone poem and made it sparkle. On Friday night at Powell Symphony Hall, his genius was on full display.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director David Robertson chose two works of Straussian genius and one interesting rarity to fill the weekend's programs. He didn't have to look far to find the first piece's excellent soloists, and reached into the higher reaches of the world of opera for his last.

Strauss, who read widely and deeply, took key episodes of Miguel de Cervantes' essential novel "Don Quixote" and turned it into an unusually perceptive musical character study in 1898. Here it was given with a few lines of introduction and the variation titles projected onto the surtitle screen above the stage, a helpful touch.

"Quixote" is a cello concerto by any other name, but with an unusually explicit dramatic arc. The titular Knight of Sorrowful Countenance is played by the cello soloist, and his squire, Sancho Panza, becomes a great role for the principal viola, with assists from other instruments.

SLSO principal cello Daniel Lee is the equal of any on today's musical scene; playing with rich, expressive tone, he inhabited the music and his role with stunning focus and depth. Lee was well matched with his Sancho Panza, principal viola Beth Guterman Chu; they were simpatico and on the same page in every sense.

Robertson brought out the humor (Strauss' brilliant effect of using flutter-tonguing brass to impersonate sheep), the pathos and the quiet final triumph of the would-be knight, ably assisted by the fully-engaged orchestra. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

An Evening of Sublime Strauss with Mattila and the SLSO
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.