Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme (hr-Sinf., M. Maisky, cond. Järvi)

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Tschaikowsky: Rokoko-Variationen - hr-Sinfonieorchester - Mischa Maisky - Paavo Järvi

Moderato quasi Andante – Thema. Moderato semplice 
Var I: Tempo della Thema 
Var. II: Tempo della Thema 
Var. III: Andante sostenuto 
Var. IV: Andante grazioso 
Var. V: Allegro moderato 
Var. VI: Andante
Var. VII e Coda: Allegro vivo 

hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony 
Mischa Maisky, Violoncello 
Paavo Järvi, Dirigent 

Alte Oper Frankfurt, 27. April 2018 

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The Variations on a Rococo Theme, 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.

Tchaikovsky wrote this piece for and with the help of Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, a German cellist and fellow-professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Fitzenhagen gave the premiere in Moscow on November 30, 1877, with Nikolai Rubinstein conducting. This was perhaps the only hearing of the Variations as Tchaikovsky wrote the piece, until 1941, when it was played in Moscow without Fitzenhagen's by-then-standard emendations.
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