Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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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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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

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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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Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 & Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 & Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations


Glazunov:

Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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

Berliner Philharmoniker


Each of the works on this disc is associated with a notable cellist who made a career in Russia: the Rococo Variations with the German player Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1843–90), the Andante cantabile with Anatoly Brandukov (1859–1930), the Chant du Ménestrel with the Polish player Alexander Wierzbilowicz (1849–1911) and the Shostakovich Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007) – whose genius as an interpreter knits the whole program together. The main wok on this recording is Shostakovich’s Second Concerto – a work on which Rostropovich and the composer collaborated. While the cellist’s recording with Herbert von Karajan is vastly popular, this CD includes Rostropovich’s preferred recording of the work, taped in 1960 with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. For this alone, this CD is well worth the purchase. Tully Potter provides the insightful liner notes.

“Dark beauty, nobility, depth of feeling: these are the major qualities in Rostropovich's Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Recorded sound is decent.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“charismatic accompaniments by the splendid Leningrad Philharmonic under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Rostropovich is nothing if not a larger-than-life cellist … The sound is excellent” Gramophone Magazine, March 1988

“Rostropovich plays with beautifully controlled feeling … Ozawa provides a most sympathetic and well-disciplined accompaniment and draws finely expressive playing from all departments of the orchestra. […] Glazunov’s Chant du Ménestrel … will give unalloyed pleasure. The recording is excellently balanced, both in terms of the overall perspective as well as the relationship between the various elements of the orchestra … most is made of the spacious and warm acoustic. This, then, is a most truthful recording of a most distinguished performance” Gramophone Magazine, November 1976 (Shostakovich, Glazunov)

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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.

“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

“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 ****

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