Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony and other works

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony and other works


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Lynn Harrell (cello)

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


In addition to recording the six Tchaikovsky symphonies for Decca with the Vienna Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel also recorded the ‘Manfred’ – a recording often singled out as one of the best made of this symphony, as well as three of the tone poems based on literary legends, two Shakespearian (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), one Dante (the thrilling Francesca da Rimini). The latter was recorded as part of Decca’s ‘Phase 4’ series. This all-Tchaikovsky 2CD set is completed with two of the composer’s works for cello, the Rococo Variations and the Pezzo capriccioso, both receiving their first international release on CD.

“Thrilling highly-charged accounts of some of Tchaikovsky's darkest music. Harrell's elegant Rococo Variations provides welcome light at the end of the tunnel.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 *****

“Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony has had precious few great recordings; luckily this is one of them … The finale has all the excitement, energy and crackerjack rhythmic thrust needed to make it really fly … a red-hot performance of Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet” Classics Today

“Where excitement is concerned, there is no lack at all” Gramophone Magazine

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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

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“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

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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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Tchaikovsky: 'Little Russian' Symphony & Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: 'Little Russian' Symphony & Rococo Variations


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

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


Oehms Classics presents the fifth installment of the highly praised Tchaikovsky cycle.

“The real star on this album of three well-loved Tchaikovsky works is the effortlessly singing tone of cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. The Rococo Variations is the disc's highlight” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

“A decent account of Tchaikovsky's so-called 'Little Russian' Symphony - though not so little in this expansive and beefy Cologne production. But Dmitri Kitaenko and the cultured Gurzenich Orchestra are nothing if not mindful of that delicate balance between the classical and emotive aspects of Tchaikovsky's nature” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013

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Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky: Works for Cello & Orchestra

Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky: Works for Cello & Orchestra


Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Allegro Appassionato in B minor Op. 43

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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


Stéphane Tétreault (cello)

Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Fabiel Gabel

Stéphane Tétreault, 19 years old, was the First Prize winner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition as well as various others. Accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, he performs Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky’s Roccoco Variations coupled with Saint-Saens’ Allegro Passionato and The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals) plus Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso op. 62.

“From the very first bars of Saint-Saens's First Cello Concerto you sense that this disc is going to be exhilarating and rewarding. The performers launch the concerto with terrific passion and positive intent, and thereafter call into play a discriminating, captivating spectrum of interpretative sensibility. The solo playing is astonishingly mature...it comes as a shock to realise that Stéphane Tétreault is 19 years old. His is a name to watch.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2013

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Tchaikovsky: Mstislav Rostropovich & Benjamin Britten

Tchaikovsky: Mstislav Rostropovich & Benjamin Britten


Britten:

Gloriana (extracts)

Bonus. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 5 June 1970

Peter Pears (tenor)

The Aldeburgh Fesitval Singers

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 16 June 1968

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

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

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 16 June 1968

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 16 June 1968


“These recordings represent an overview of twenty of the most heady years of Mstislav Rostropovich’s career, during which he made his name in the West, was exiled from his homeland for his support of dissident artists, poets and musicians, and established himself as a major international force for (not just the musical) good.” (Chris de Souza)

Introduced to Britten through Shostakovich, his teacher, Rostropovich formed a close partnership with the British composer – as evident here in their collaborative performances from the opening concert of the new Snape Maltings Concert Hall, which includes rare audiovisual footage of the Maltings before it was destroyed by fire in 1969 and rebuilt.

Rostropovich’s Aldeburgh performance of Variations on a Rococo Theme displays him at the peak of his powers and is a wonderful example of his partnership with Britten, of whom this is rare conducting footage.

The excerpts from Britten’s opera Gloriana (the contemporary poetic name for Elizabeth I), included as the bonus of this DVD, are a highly significant addition to the composer’s discography. While Britten conducted recordings of most of his operas on disc, Gloriana was not one of them, so this is the only hint we have of his approach to any of the score. The well-chosen sections, forming an unusual concert suite, include The Lute Song performed by Peter Pears.

This is the first release of this material on DVD, and is available in time for the Britten centenary in 2013.

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“it is a joy to see the two musicians in partnership. Britten sympathetically accompanying with the ECO...The 'bonus' is a real treat: Britten conducting excerpts from Gloriana...both chorus and orchestra are fully alert to Britten's every gesture - a truly electrifying performance” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ****

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Rococo Variations


Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

David Oistrakh (violin)

USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Lenigrad Philharmonic, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky


Tchaikovsky’s virtuoso works are perfomed here by legendary Russian musicians. Not only are the soloists David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich, but the USSR State Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Kondrashin and the Leningrad Philharmonic by Rozhdestvensky.

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