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Elgar: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations / Queyras, Belohlavek

Elgar / Tchaikovsky / Queyras / Belohlavek
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902148   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Composed 40 years apart, these two masterpieces from either side of the turn of the last century offer, in their intrinsic contradictions, a fascinating mirror effect. Thus the profound nostalgia of Sir Edward Elgar’s Concerto stands revealed in its lighter themes, which gain the upper hand in the second movement and a fair bit of the finale. Similarly, the 'Rococo Variations', far from being just an entertaining stylistic exercise, conveys a deep underlying melancholy in the slow variations, while the divine harmonies of Tchaikovsky, who is the supreme master in that respect, reveal a genuine and discreet tenderness.

Maestro Belohlávek is a great source of inspiration to me. I find in him a discretion, an
Read more accessibility and a profundity that remind me of Pierre Boulez in an entirely different repertory. What’s more, he was an excellent cellist in his early days and so he has our repertory at his fingertips, literally and figuratively. He was able to give me some valuable advice during the recording sessions!"
-- Jean-Guihen Queyras
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
2.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 

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