Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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Dvorak & Tchaikovsky: Works for Cello & Orchestra

Dvorak & Tchaikovsky: Works for Cello & Orchestra


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


“There have been a number of outstanding recordings of the Dvorák Concerto since this DG record was made, but none to match it for the warmth of lyrical feeling, the sheer strength of personality of the cello playing and the distinction of the partnership between Karajan and Rostropovich. Any moments of romantic licence from the latter, who's obviously deeply in love with the music, are set against Karajan's overall grip on the proceedings. The orchestral playing is superb.
You've only to listen to the beautiful introduction of the secondary theme of the first movement by the principal horn to realise that the BPO is going to match its illustrious soloist in eloquence, while Rostropovich's many moments of poetic introspection never for a moment interfere with the sense of a spontaneous forward flow. The recording is as near perfect as any made by DG in that vintage analogue era. It gives the cello a highly realistic presence, and if the passionate fortissimo violins lose just a fraction in fullness, and there seems to be, comparably, just a slight loss of resonance in the bass, the sound picture has an impressively clear and vivid focus.
In the coupled Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Rostropovich uses the published score rather than the original version. However, he plays with such masterly Russian fervour and elegance that any criticism is disarmed. The music itself continually demonstrates Tchaikovsky's astonishing lyrical fecundity, as one tune leads to another, all growing organically from the charming 'rococo' theme. The recording is marvellously refined.
The description 'legendary' isn't a whit too strong for a disc of this calibre.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“two great musicians performing with complete sympathy for each other: Rostropovich on top form and Karajan an attentive partner” Gramophone Magazine (James Jolly)

“The intensity of lyrical feeling and the spontaneity of the partnership between Karajan and Rostropovich ensures the position of their DG disc at the top of the list of recommendations.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations


Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

revised version by W. Fitzenhagen


István Várdai (cello)

Pannon Philharmonic, Tibor Bogányi

Debut release on Brilliant Classics by István Várdai, recent First Prize winner of the prestigious ARD Competition 2014 in Munich, Germany!

Várdai, a young Hungarian of prodigious talents, performs the complete works for cello and orchestra by Tchaikovsky. A special feature are the two versions of the famous Rococo Variations, the original “classical” version and the concert version written for virtuoso Wilhelm Fitzenhagen.

New recording, recorded in Pécs (Hungary) with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tibor Bogányi.

With biographies of István Várdai, Tibor Bogányi and the Pannon Philharmonic.

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Paul Tortelier: The Complete Musician

Paul Tortelier: The Complete Musician

Documentary & Concertos


 

excerpts from Mon Cirque

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Bach, C P E:

Cello Concerto No. 3 in A major, Wq. 172 (H439)

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


A film by Peter Ammann – An intimate look into the musical life and philosophy of one of the twentieth century’s most esteemed cellists. The documentary is supplemented by performance footage videotaped using a single camera. The close-up view of Tortelier provides an indispensable learning tool for string players, and offers all viewers a unique perspective of Tortelier’s artistry.

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The Russian Masters in Music, Vol. 8

The Russian Masters in Music, Vol. 8

Tchaikovsky - Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky


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Tchaikovsky: String Concertos

Tchaikovsky: String Concertos


Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Sergei Roldugin (cello)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Lyudmila Malian (violin)


St. Petersburg Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko

Launch of the St. Petersburg Classics series. All of these recordings were being made in the late 90s by Mazur Media in coproduction with Sony Classical, however, with a few exceptions, were never released. Technically these productions were far ahead of their time. For Sony it was a prestigious object to demonstrate the best recording technology possible at that time. Therefore all these recordings were being produced in 24 bit /96 hz High Definition Technology, which is still the ultimate of technical feasibility. By means of special High- Performance filters the masters were converted into the common CD standard 16 bit /44,1 hz almost without loss. The result is even today convincing by brilliant sound and incredible transparency, which projects the purity of the instruments as well as the acoustical background in the most natural way.

Tchaikovsky wrote only a few works for violin and cello. However, the artistic impact of his inheritance in this area is really significant. His concerto for violin is the first Russian violin concerto at all and belongs to the most difficult ones in this genre. His dedicatee Leopold Auer refused to accept it because he felt it was unplayable. Today it has its firm place in the concert halls as a classical masterpiece. With the Variations on a Rokoko Theme Tchaikovsky finally put an end to the shadowy existence, the cello had suffered from for quite a long time in concert life.

Stanislav Gorkovenko, born 1938, was educated at the Leningrad Conservatory. Amongst his teachers was the famous professor Nikolai Rabinovich. In 1978 he took over the Leningrad Radio Symphony Orchestra which he soon developed to international standards. Concert tours throughout the European metropolises as well as Asia were the rewards for this advancement. Gorkovenko established his reputation as an interpreter of Tchaikovsky while at the same time he is an advocate of contemporary Russian composers.

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Yuri Temirkanov Vol.3

Yuri Temirkanov Vol.3

Recording: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris - 2/12/2007


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

for Trumpet and Orchestra

Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet)


Directed by Andrey Torstensen

The third of three amazing concerts dedicated to Tchaikovsky, recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris with Yuri Temirkanov conducting the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Running time: 87 minutes

Image: Colour, 16/9, NTSC

Sound: PCM Stereo

“Despite phenomenal playing, the Rococo Variations for flugelhorn is something of an acquired taste. The Pathétique finds conductor and orchestra on top form, performing with tremendous conviction.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 *****

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Tchaikovsky - Prokofiev

Tchaikovsky - Prokofiev


Prokofiev:

Sinfonietta, Op. 5/48

Tchaikovsky:

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Elegy for strings

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)


Jiri Barta (cello)

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, Leos Svarovsky

“[Barta] finds the appropriate style and mood for each of the Variations, and holds his own against the higher-profile competition...The Pardubice performance [of the Prokofiev] is lithe and buoyant. The playing of the strings has a burnished tone, which full, prominent woodwinds complement with vivid timbres and pointed articulation.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2013

Arco Diva - UP0145-2

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Barber - Puccini - Tchaikovsky

Barber - Puccini - Tchaikovsky


Barber, S:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Brossé:

Chinese Wall

Puccini:

Crisantemi

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Hai Ye Ni (cello)

Vaughan Williams:

Oboe Concerto in A minor

Geoffrey Deemer (oboe)


Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia - COP017

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Truls Mørk plays Tchaikovksy & Dvorak

Truls Mørk plays Tchaikovksy & Dvorak


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk is among the leading masters of his instrument, while the Dvorák concerto and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations are among the most popular works in the cello repertoire. This interpretation with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons is regarded to this day as a reference recording.

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Tchaikovsky - A Portrait, Vol. 8 (1936, 1943)

Tchaikovsky - A Portrait, Vol. 8 (1936, 1943)


Tchaikovsky:

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'

Hephzibah Menuhin (piano), Maurice Eisenberg (cello), Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Lamoureux Orchestra, Eugene Bigot


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