Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works

Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


The profoundly moving, elegiac lyricism of Elgar and the wistful charm and brilliance of Tchaikovsky are on full display in this irresistible new release from PENTATONE played with consummate virtuosity by the German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Andrew Manze.

Composed at the end of the FirstWorldWar, Elgar’s powerful Cello Concerto in E minor is one of his best-loved and most deeply-felt works. The soloist’s wrenching chords which open the work announce a mood of profound resignation and loss; gone is the youthful swagger of his earlier works, replaced instead with lonely introspection and longing, especially in the sublimely beautiful Adagio. The cello is given free rein in the vigorous final movement but the opening mood prevails as an anguished outburst from the cello brings the work to a close.

No such dejection hangs over Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme which ooze elegance, ineffable charm and daring displays of technical brilliance. While the Pezzo capriccioso finds Tchaikovsky in a more restrained mood, with the Nocturne and Andante Cantabile he wears his romantic heart full on his sleeve.

The cellist Johannes Moser is no stranger to these works. Winner of the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, he was also awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Described by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists” and by the LA Times as a musician who “…connects with the audience in a way that only great artists do”, this is Moser’s third outing for PENTATONE.

His first album of concertos by Dvořák and Lalo was widely praised for his “performance of enormous flair and effervescence” (BBC Music Magazine) and “his dazzling virtuosity, free, passionate phrasing and immense energy … that recalls Pablo Casals’ iconic 1937 recording” (Strings)

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Schumann: Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations

Schumann: Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations


Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


Jürnjakob Timm (cello)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur

Kurt Masur and Jürnjakob Timm – Masterworks For Violoncello

Jürnjakob Timm was for many decades Principal Solo Cellist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and is today a member of the Gewandhaus Quartet. The cellist has performed as soloist with orchestras in Germany, other European countries, Japan, South America and the USA. In the course of numerous concert tours with the Gewandhaus Orchestra he played cello concertos of the Classical, Romantic and modern eras under the baton of Kurt Masur. The present recording was the first orchestra recording by Jürnjakob Timm for the classical Eterna label. Together with Kurt Masur, the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s director for many years, he recorded two standard works for cello and orchestra in the Paul Gerhardt Church in Leipzig in 1983: Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor and Tchaikovsky’s famous Rococo Variations.

December 2015 was marked by the death of the long-serving Principal Conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and artist of world renown Kurt Masur. “He won over his critics in the course of his long life as a personality distinguished by his bearing, which surpassed music, and as a conductor whose ever more finely nuanced pragmatism of interpretation made the language of the orchestra intelligible, comprehensible, tangible. He was thus a maestro with the human touch, who could move people profoundly.” (Ralf Dombrowski, Der Spiegel)

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Schumann: Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations - Vinyl Edition

Schumann: Cello Concerto & Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations - Vinyl Edition


Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


Jürnjakob Timm (cello)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur

Kurt Masur and Jürnjakob Timm – Masterworks For Violoncello

Jürnjakob Timm was for many decades Principal Solo Cellist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and is today a member of the Gewandhaus Quartet. The cellist has performed as soloist with orchestras in Germany, other European countries, Japan, South America and the USA. In the course of numerous concert tours with the Gewandhaus Orchestra he played cello concertos of the Classical, Romantic and modern eras under the baton of Kurt Masur. The present recording was the first orchestra recording by Jürnjakob Timm for the classical Eterna label. Together with Kurt Masur, the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s director for many years, he recorded two standard works for cello and orchestra in the Paul Gerhardt Church in Leipzig in 1983: Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor and Tchaikovsky’s famous Rococo Variations.

December 2015 was marked by the death of the long-serving Principal Conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and artist of world renown Kurt Masur. “He won over his critics in the course of his long life as a personality distinguished by his bearing, which surpassed music, and as a conductor whose ever more finely nuanced pragmatism of interpretation made the language of the orchestra intelligible, comprehensible, tangible. He was thus a maestro with the human touch, who could move people profoundly.” (Ralf Dombrowski, Der Spiegel)

BONUS: Bach‘s Cello Suites No. 1 & 2, played by Jürnjakob Timm

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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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Jan Vogler plays Tchaikovsky

Jan Vogler plays Tchaikovsky


Tchaikovsky:

Sérénade Mélancolique for Violin & Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26

Jan Vogler (cello)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Jan Vogler (cello)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Méditation in D minor

Jan Vogler (cello)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

Moritzburg Festival Ensemble


Inspired by a journey to Tchaikovsky’s hometown Saint Petersburg, Jan rediscovered some of his favorite pieces from the composer.

The famous Rococo Variations were written by Tchaikovsky for the cellist Wilhelm Fitzhagen who added some minor edits to make the work more playable. Jan recorded a new combination of the original with Fitzenhagen’s version.

Sérénade mélancolique and Souvenir d’un lieu cher are both originally works for violin and orchestra. For this recording, Jan arranged the cello parts himself and teamed up with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under their new Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

The vivacious “Souvenir de Florence” is Tchaikovsky’s only string sextet. Jan recorded this piece with musicians of the Moritzburg Festival, an excellent chamber music festival located in the Moritzburg castle near Dresden.

Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has seen him perform with renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed orchestras around the world. His strong classical foundation has allowed him to push the boundaries of his sound, creating an ongoing dialogue with contemporary composers and performers.

“Vogler and friends deliver an exciting account [of the Serenade for Strings], heightened by lean, wiry strings. The ebullient Allegro con spirit launches with gusto, while the Adagio cantabile sings. Vogler’s ensemble perform with great panache…[the Rococo Variations are given] a spruce account” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“Vogler and Andres Orozco-Estrada wrest Tchaikovsky away from the Romantic interpretations and impose a cooler, more precise order” The Observer, 13th March 2016

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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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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

(ed. W Fitzhagen)

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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