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

Presto Greatest Recordings

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Leonard Rose plays Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven & Saint-Saëns

Leonard Rose plays Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven & Saint-Saëns


Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2

Live performance, Stratford Summer Festival, Canada, 1969

with Eugene Istomin (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Live broadcast, WQXR Radiostudio, New York, Presented by Robert Sherman, January, 1973

with Nadia Reisenberg (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 - Scherzo (Allegro molto)

Encore. Live broadcast, WQXR Radiostudio, New York, Presented by Robert Sherman, January, 1973

with Nadia Reisenberg (piano)

Brahms:

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Live broadcast, WQXR Radiostudio, New York, Presented by Robert Sherman, January, 1973

with Nadia Reisenberg (piano)

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Live performance, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, December 6, 1967

Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Charles Dutoit

Saint-Saëns:

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

Live, Radiostudio Luxembourg, November 15, 1961

Radio Luxembourg Orchestra, Louis de Froment

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Live, Radiostudio Luxembourg, November 17, 1961

Radio Luxembourg Orchestra, Louis de Froment


Leonard Rose (cello)

Lynn Harrell wrote of Leonard Rose, his teacher, that he was “a perfect combination of the most remarkable virtuoso and caring and profoundly knowledgeable teacher”. Considered one of the greatest American cellists of the 20th century, Leonard Rose achieved prominence in practically every facet of music making. The material featured on this new DOREMI release is seeing the light of day for the first time.

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Transition: Works for Cello

Transition: Works for Cello


Fauré:

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

arr. for cello and wind quintet

Glazunov:

Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71

arr. for cello and wind quintet

Saint-Saëns:

Romance in F major, Op. 36

arr. for cello and wind quintet

Schumann:

Er, der Herrlichste von allem (No. 2 from Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42)

arr. for cello and wind quintet

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

arr. D. Stromberg for cello and wind quintet

Tchaikovsky:

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

arr. for cello and wind quintet

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

arr. D. Stromberg for cello and wind quintet


David Stromberg (cello)

Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Hamburg

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The Chungs play Tchaikovsky & Beethoven

The Chungs play Tchaikovsky & Beethoven


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Kyung-Wha Chung (violin), Myung-Wha Chung (cello) & Myung-Whun Chung (piano & conductor)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Myung-Whun Chung (piano)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Myung-Wha Chung (cello)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Myung-Wha Chung (cello)

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit


Most parents will assert that siblings do not always play well together, but classical music gives many examples to the contrary. Although violinist Yehudi Menuhin was the most famous member of his family, he performed and made several recordings with his sisters, Hephzibah and Yaltah, both pianists. (Pianist Marcel Ciampi, who taught both sisters, remarked that their mother’s womb ‘was a veritable conservatory’.)

This 2CD set brings together the Tchaikovsky recordings made individually by the three members of the Chung Trio – all, of course, outstanding musicians in their own right. All are partnered by Charles Dutoit, and the recordings of the Piano Concerto and the Rococo Variations appear internationally on CD for the first time. Myung-Whun Chung is featured in the dual roles of conductor and pianist in the recording of Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto.

“exuberant […] Chung adds even more fizz to the Tchaikovsky than she did on her glowing version with Prevn right at the beginning of her career” Gramophone Magazine, December 1983 (Violin Concerto)

“in a consistently refreshing and poetic reading of a warhorse concerto [Myung-Whun Chung] shows that his keyboard technique is as formidable as when he was a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. […] The power of the playing is never in doubt […] the central prestissimo [in the second movement] has rarely been recorded with a more genuine pianissimo. The finale sparkles’ (Piano Concerto) […] an exquisitely beautiful account of the loveliest variation of all, the Andante sotenuto” Gramophone Magazine, March 1981 (Rococo Variations)

“The Chungs make a characterful trio and give a very fine account of the Triple Concerto which conveys a feeling of spontaneous chamber-playing, with the finale taken thrillingly fast, with sparkling results” Penguin Guide, 2005

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Cello Masterpieces: Pierre Fournier Plays Lalo, Schumann & Tchaikovsky (Remastered 2015)

Cello Masterpieces: Pierre Fournier Plays Lalo, Schumann & Tchaikovsky (Remastered 2015)


Lalo:

Cello Concerto in D minor

Orchestre Lamoureux, Jean Martinon

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

(cadenza by P Fournier)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent


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Paul Tortelier plays Elgar, Tchaikovsky & Dvorak

Paul Tortelier plays Elgar, Tchaikovsky & Dvorak


Dvorak:

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Paul Tortelier (cello)

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Paul Tortelier (cello)

Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Paul Tortelier (cello)


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Janos Starker plays Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Bruch and Tchaikovsky

Janos Starker plays Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Bruch and Tchaikovsky


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


“Starker possessed a phenomenal technique. His bow attacked the strings with both a ravishing intensity and a deep, biting edge. He was equally startling to watch, his piercing black eyes glaring out from beneath deep black eyebrows.” The Telegraph

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Cello Masterpieces

Cello Masterpieces

Mstislav Rostropovich plays Prokofiev, Schumann & Tchaikovsky


Prokofiev:

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky


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Dvorák: Cello Concerto

Dvorák: Cello Concerto


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


“Two great musicians performing with complete sympathy for each other: Rostropovich on top form and Karajan an attentive partner.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2005

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Shostakovich & Myaskovsky: Cello Concertos

Shostakovich & Myaskovsky: Cello Concertos


Miaskovsky:

Cello Concerto in C minor, Op. 66

Philharmonia Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky


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