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Elgar: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations


Release Date: 07/18/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431685   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mischa Maisky
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's nothing here for Britain's anti-Sinopolites to add to their castigation of this controversial conductor. His and Mischa Maisky's interpretation of Elgar's Cello Concerto is deeply felt and has no idiosyncrasies of tempo. It reinforces Elgar's own description of the piece—''a big work, and I think good and alive''. Maisky's impressive playing of the introductory flourish announces that this will be a big-scale performance and DG have provided him with a beautifully-balanced recording. Soloist and conductor both convey the pathos of the music, but without any glutinous self-pity. Nobility is the order of the day.

Sinopoli's moderato for the first movement is a sensible tempo, and he takes care to bring out—without
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Maisky also gives a splendid account of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. As in the Elgar, the Philharmonia plays with aristocratic refinement, the woodwind solos being especially distinguished, and the recording is again first-class. . . .

-- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 18 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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