Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Nikolaj Znaider (violin)
Christian Thielemann (conductor)
Reviewed: 17 July, 2020
Venue: Royal Albert Hall
The Staatskapelle Dresden and its Chief Conductor Christian Thielemann open with Beethoven’s most radiant, smiling work, his sublime Violin Concerto, in the sure hands of Nikolaj Znaider.
After the interval this famously rich-toned orchestra digs into Max Reger’s affectionate and beautifully orchestrated Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart and finally Richard Strauss’s witty and abrasive depiction of an impish figure from German folklore, his outlandish tone-poem telling of ‘Till Eulenspiegel’s merry pranks’.