Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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Russian Masterpieces for Cello and Orchestra

Russian Masterpieces for Cello and Orchestra


Shostakovich:

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

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

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

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


Zuill Bailey, the dynamic and exhilarating American cellist, makes his Telarc debut with the release of Russian Masterpieces for Cello. The recording includes Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme Pezzo Capriccioso and Nocturne in D Minor Op. 19 No. 4, and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107. Zuill Bailey’s rare combination of compelling artistry, technical finesse and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought-after cellists today. Bailey performs regularly with long-time duo partner, pianist Awadagin Pratt, as well as with pianist Simone Dinnerstein. He is also a member of the acclaimed Perlman-Schmidt-Bailey Trio, which also includes pianist Navah Perlman and violinist Giora Schmidt.

The voice of the cello is uniquely suited to the qualities of passion and melancholy that makes Russian music so provocative to listeners. Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations was written for the German-born cellist Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. When Tchaikovsky left Russia for a lengthy stay in Western Europe, he gave Fitzenhagen a free hand in composition, which resulted in significant structural alterations to the piece. The cellist premiered his version of the Rococo Variations at a Moscow concert conducted by Nikolai Rubinstein in 1877. Tchaikovsky was displeased with the alterations, but later said, “The devil take it. Let it stay as it is.” The Fitzenhagen score is heard in Bailey’s rendition, and is considered an effective presentation of Tchaikovsky’s material.

Shostakovich wrote his first cello concerto in 1959 for the distinguished cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who had frequently performed Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano with the composer at the piano. It was premiered in Leningrad with the Leningrad Philharmonic and Rostropovich. When Shostakovich gave his only public performance as a conductor in 1962, the Concerto appeared on the programme.

“Overall the programme balances nicely enough as a calling-card for the stylish… soloist. …Zuill Bailey plays with impressive technical mastery… He is unfazed by the taxing double-stopping Shostakovich frequently employs in the faster passages while finding commendable depth and solemnity in the slow movement.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2009

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Favourite Cello Concertos

Favourite Cello Concertos


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Israel Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Phiharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli


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Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, etc.

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

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

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

orchestral version


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Dvorák: Cello Concerto

Dvorák: Cello Concerto


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


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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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Alto - ALC1265

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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


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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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Rococo


Bach, C P E:

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

Stravinsky:

Suite italienne

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


Pieter Wispelwey (cello)

Musikkollegium Winterthur, Jonathan Morton

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Paul Tortelier: The Complete Musician

Paul Tortelier: The Complete Musician

Documentary & Concertos


 

excerpts from Mon Cirque

Encore

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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