During his long and exceptionally fruitful creative life, Richard Strauss composed only a few works for cello. Only three have survived, and small as that number may seem, those cello works were critical to the composer's development. Daniel Müller-Schott sees the early Op. 6 Cello Sonata and the late tone poem Don Quixote, Op. 35, as marking the path that would lead Strauss within the space of a few years from Romanticism to Modernism. Müller-Schott highlights this watershed in Strauss's artistic development with his own transcriptions, made especially for this album.