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Dvorák: Cello Concerto - Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo theme

Mstislav Rostropovich, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

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Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104  
1
I. Allegro
Antonín Dvorák; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
14:44
Cello Concert in B Minor, Op. 104  
2
II. Adagio ma non troppo
Antonín Dvorák; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
11:52
Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104  
3
III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Antonín Dvorák; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
12:24
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33  
4
Introduction (Moderato quasi Andante) - Thema (Moderato semplice)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
2:26
5
Variation I - Tempo della Thema
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
0:52
6
Variation II - Tempo della Thema
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
1:11
7
Variation III - Andante sostenuto
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
3:27
8
Variation IV - Andante grazioso - Un poco animato
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
1:41
9
Variation V - Allegro moderato - Cadenza
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
3:14
10
Variation VI - Andante
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
2:40
11
Variation VII & Coda (Allegro vivo)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mstislav Rostropovich; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa
2:01
Total Playing Time    56:32
The Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191, is the last solo concerto by Antonín Dvořák. It was written in 1894–95 for his friend, the cellist Hanuš Wihan.

The Variations on a Rococo Theme,[a] Op. 33, for cello and orchestra was the closest Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ever came to writing a full concerto for cello and orchestra. The style was inspired by Mozart, Tchaikovsky's role model, and makes it clear that Tchaikovsky admired the Classical style very much. However, the Theme is not Rococo in origin, but actually an original theme in the Rococo style.

That the cello's repertoire has been so wonderfully enriched during the 20th century is due largely to Mstislav Rostropovich, the most influential cellist of his time, a champion of liberty, and also a noted conductor and pianist. Born In Baku on 27 March 1927 to a pianist mother and a cello-playing father who had studied with Pablo Casals, 'Slava' received early paternal grounding in his chosen instrument.

Rostropovich was closely associated with EMI Classics (now Warner Classics) for more than 50 years, having made 100 recordings with the company between 1954 and his death in 2007, just a month after celebrations for his 80th birthday at the Kremlin.
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Tracks 1-11 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source; 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit

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