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Braunfels: Don Juan Op. 34; Symphonic Variations on an Old French Nursery Song, Op. 15

Braunfels / Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg
Release Date: 01/08/2016 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 5250   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Walter Braunfels
Conductor:  Markus L. Frank
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg Gera
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Walter Braunfels (1882-1954) was applauded as a pioneering representative of New Music. Leading conductors such as Hans Pfitzner, Ernst von Schuch, Bruno Walter, Arthur Nikisch and Wilhelm Furtwängler performed his orchestral works in major cities. But following the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, as a 'half-Jew', even Braunfels lost all of his positions and was banned from either performing or having his works performed; his name was systematically deleted from musical literature and reference works. Written in a classicromantic style, Braunfels' 7-movement phantasmagoria “Don Juan” incorporates variations on themes and motifs from Mozart's opera “Don Giovanni”, which was premièred in 1787. He thus deliberately placed himself in Read more the German classical-romantic traditions, which he sought to transfer to his 20th-century resources in compositional style. The work was premièred in 1924, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. - Naxos Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonic Variations on an old French children's song, Op. 15 by Walter Braunfels
Conductor:  Markus L. Frank
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg Gera
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Don Juan, Op. 34 by Walter Braunfels
Conductor:  Markus L. Frank
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg Gera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 

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