Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations, Pezzo capriccioso, Romeo & Juliet Overture | ICA Classics ICAD5025

Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations, Pezzo capriccioso, Romeo & Juliet Overture

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Label: ICA Classics

Cat No: ICAD5025

Format: DVD - NTSC

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th October 2012

Contents

Artists

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Peter Pears
Aldeburgh Festival Singers
English Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Benjamin Britten

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Gloriana, op.53 (extracts)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Pezzo capriccioso in B minor, op.62
Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture in F major, op.64
Variations on a Rococo theme, op.33

Artists

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Peter Pears
Aldeburgh Festival Singers
English Chamber Orchestra

Conductor

Benjamin Britten

About

"These recordings represent an overview of twenty of the most heady years of Mstislav Rostropovich’s career, during which he made his name in the West, was exiled from his homeland for his support of dissident artists, poets and musicians, and established himself as a major international force for (not just the musical) good." - Chris de Souza

Introduced to Britten through Shostakovich, his teacher, Rostropovich formed a close partnership with the British composer – as is evident here in their collaborative performances from the opening concert of the new Snape Maltings Concert Hall, which includes rare audiovisual footage of the Maltings before it was destroyed by fire in 1969 and rebuilt.

Rostropovich’s Aldeburgh performance of Variations on a Rococo Theme displays him at the peak of his powers and is a wonderful example of his partnership with Britten, of whom this is rare conducting footage.

The excerpts from Britten’s opera Gloriana (the contemporary poetic name for Elizabeth I), included as the bonus of this DVD, are a highly significant addition to the composer’s discography. While Britten conducted recordings of most of his operas on disc, Gloriana was not one of them, so this is the only hint we have of his approach to any of the score. The well-chosen sections, forming an unusual concert suite, include 'The Lute Song' performed by Peter Pears.

This is the first release of this material on DVD.

Contents:
Tchaikovsky
- Rococo Variations
- Pezzo capriccioso
- Romeo and Juliet Overture

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
English Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Britten
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 16 June 1968

Bonus:
Britten
- Gloriana (extracts)
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 5 June 1970

Sound format: Enhanced Mono
DVD format: NTSC
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 68’
Subtitles: n/a
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G
Region code: 0
Territory Restrictions: None

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