Russian Cello Concertos (CD)

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Li-Wei Qin, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, Michael Halasz

Russian composers have made a significant contribution to the repertoire of music for cello and orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, deftly scored for an 18th-century orchestra, reveals his admiration for Mozart whereas the Pezzo capriccioso is full of ripe charm. In the year of Tchaikovsky’s death, Rimsky-Korsakov composed the attractive Serenade, Op. 37 and his student, Glazunov, both absorbed and continued the great Romantic lineage with his own sonorous and beautiful Concerto ballata, the poignant Chant du ménestrel, and the Iberian evocations of the Sérénade espagnole from Deux Morceaux.

Li-Wei Qin is one of the most renowned Chinese cellists of his generation. After achieving great success at the eleventh Tchaikovsky’ International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal, Qin has since won First Prize in the prestigious Naumburg Competition in New York. Li-Wei Qin is currently a professor of cello at the YST Conservatorium, National University of Singapore.

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Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33
1. Moderato quasi andante - Tema: Moderato semplice
2. Variation 1: Tempo della tema
3. Variation 2: Tempo della tema
4. Variation 3: Andante sostenuto
5. Variation 4: Andante grazioso
6. Variation 5: Allegro moderato
7. Variation 6: Andante
8. Variation 7 e Coda: Allegro vivo

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
9. Serenade, Op. 37

Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov
10. Concerto ballata in C Major, Op. 108

2 Morceaux (2 Pieces), Op. 20
11. No. 1. Mélodie
12. No. 2. Sérénade espagnole

13. Chant du ménestrel, Op. 71

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
14. Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62
15. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: II. Andante cantabile (version for cello and string orchestra)