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Rococo Variations / Andante Cantabile / Nocturne [Import]

P.I. Tchaikovsky Audio CD
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listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Moderato assai quasi andanteOrpheus Chamber Orchestra0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Tema: Moderato sempliceOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Variazione I: Tempo del TemaOrpheus Chamber Orchestra0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Variazione II: Tempo del TemaOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Variazione III: Andante sostenutoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Variazione IV: Andante graziosoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Variazione V: Allegro moderatoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - CadenzaOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Variazione VI: AndanteOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - Variazione VII e Coda: Allegro vivoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tchaikovsky: Lensky's Aria (No.17) from "Eugen Onegin"Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in D minor op.19, no.4Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11 - orchestral version - 2. Andante cantabileOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 8:30Album Only
listen14. Tchaikovsky: Sextet in D minor, Op.70 - "Souvenir de Florence" - Version for Orchestra - 1. Allegro con spiritoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra10:47Album Only
listen15. Tchaikovsky: Sextet in D minor, Op.70 - "Souvenir de Florence" - Version for Orchestra - 2. Adagio cantabile e con motoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra10:02Album Only
listen16. Tchaikovsky: Sextet in D minor, Op.70 - "Souvenir de Florence" - Version for Orchestra - 3. Allegro moderatoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tchaikovsky: Sextet in D minor, Op.70 - "Souvenir de Florence" - Version for Orchestra - 4. Allegro vivaceOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 3, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B000001GYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Rococo October 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The reviewer from Tucson (below) "teed off" on this CD, writing off this recording of the Rococo Variations as merely "acceptable." This is a tremendous disservice to any of you considering buying this CD, as well as to Maisky himself and the members of the Orpheus CO. IMHO, Maisky has a sympathetic orchestra accompanying him, but it is also very true that the Orpheus players have a "sympathetic" soloist here.

Specifically regarding this recording of the Rococo Variations: Maisky's careful feeling for dynamics is evident throughout; in the first and second variations, he is meticulous about his volume, playing mezzo-piano when the orchestra members have the melody, making himself adequately heard while avoiding even the hint of overpowering the group and spoiling the melody. Maisky takes the third variation slower here than other soloists I've heard, but it certainly doesn't spoil the recording.

In the concluding seventh variation, Maisky impressively rips through those fiendish passages (his intonation and phrasing are arguably flawless), and THIS is the place where other soloists and their accompanying orchestras often make a less-than-heartstopping impact, with the orchestra often registering a slightly distant echo in the call-and-response. But Maisky and the Orpheus violins match each other stride for stride, especially in dynamics - the violins' presence here is EXACTLY what it should be. Likewise, the orchestra does not wash out Maisky's cello during the closing chords.

This is one of my very few "favorite" DG recordings, because of the size of the venue and the proximity of the microphones. The Recital Hall at SUNY-Purchase yields an intimate (but roomy enough) acoustic, rather than one of a cavernous auditorium.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording of Rococo Variations! July 8, 2007
By IAmMe
Format:Audio CD
Maisky's playing is superb - I love his recording of the Rococo Variations. Get this CD, you won't be sorry!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heady, delightful Souvenir de Florence January 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I second the praise for Maisky's version of the Rococo Var., which he plays with panache and lightness, backed up -- for once -- by an equally light orchestral accompaniment. Bringing the piece down in scale from the overblown proportions of, say, Rostropovich and Karajan, great as they are, makes musical sense. The cello speaks quqietly in real life, and it sounds natural to set it in more intimate surroundings.

But for me the real delight on this CD was the performance of Souvenir de Florence in its frequently enoucntered expansion from string sextet to string orchestra. The Orpheus strings play with great virtuosity, particularly in the racing finale, which they take faster than anyone else and yet, amazingly enough, bring out even more countrpoint and inner detail. DG's engineering is crystal clear -- not the easiest thing to accommplish with string orchestras -- adding to the overall impressiveness of another excellent Orphes outing.
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14 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Sextet in D (called Souvenir De Florence) was written as a sextet. Here it is performed by a rather large string orchestra. The original clarity, drama and brilliance of the sextet is compromised. The fugues are hardly decernable. Nowhere on the Amazon.com page or liner notes of the CD is this fact explained. The Sextet version is far superior to this muddy string orchestra presentation, so I returned the CD as unacceptable. The Rocco Variations and other pieces on this CD are acceptable, but not outstanding.
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