27 Oct 2014

Richard Strauss: Don Juan

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 27 October 2014
Don Juan statue in Seville

Don Juan statue in Seville Photo: Anual CC BY-SA 3.0

NZSO National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Shelley at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. Richard Strauss based his tone poem Don Juan on an unfinished poem by Nikolaus Lenau. Don Juan is a nobleman who devotes his life to seducing women of all ages and social standings. Here, the Don's seductions arise from his wish to find the ideal woman. Eventually, he realises the futility of the search, and ultimately the pointlessness of life itself.

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2014 NZSO National Youth Orchestra conducted by Alexander Shelley

Recorded by RNZ Concert 18 July, 2014, and introduced by RNZC presenter David Morriss.