Glazunov, Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky

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Glazunov Concerto Ballata

Prokofiev Concertino

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme

Star British cellist Jamie Walton returns to disc on Signum with a programme Russian repertoire by composers Glazunov, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Okko Kamu, the disc includes the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Praise for Jamie Walton’s other recordings on Signum: Elgar & Myaskovsky (SIGCD116): “This is probably the best performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto that I have heard. Walton cannot be beaten. I shall treasure this recording – literally: I shall hoard it against a musically rainy day.” Paul Adrian Rooke, The Elgar Society Journal

 

SKU: SIGCD407

What people are saying

"Jamie Walton’s outstanding programme of Russian classics captures the music?s soaring lyricism with impassioned eloquence and interpretative flair." The Strad, September 2015

 "Walton embraces Glazunov’s tenderness with the warmth and suppleness of his tone…Walton interprets [the Prokofiev] with impressive, seamless sweeps and refined dynamic shading." The Daily Telegraph, June 2015

" …seamless lyricism and glorious tone." Gramophone, August 2015

" Jamie Walton…delivers a particularly eloquent and virtuosic account of the work." BBC Music Magazine, October 2015

Release date:29th Jun 2015
Order code:SIGCD407
Barcode: 635212040720

The Strad Reccomends

Jamie Walton’s outstanding programme of Russian classics “including the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations” captures the music’s soaring lyricism with impassioned eloquence and interpretative flair. Few would claim that the three Glazunov works are out of his creative top drawer; but, played with this degree of emotional imperativeness, supported to the hilt by Okko Kamu and the RPO on resplendent form, they leave an indelible impression. Even compared to Mstislav Rostropovich in the Chant du menestrel, Walton finds an added dimension of rapt intensity that is very special.
Rostropovich (along with Kabalevsky) played an essential role in getting Prokofiev’s incomplete Concertino into a performable state (especially the finale). While his celebrated 1960s recording carries its own special authority, it is Walton who more successfully captures the music’s wistful stylistic retrospection.

For several decades unsuspecting music lovers accepted Wilhelm Fitzenhagen’s dramatic rethink of the Rococo Variations as gospel until Tchaikovsky’s original came to light. Only then did the full extent of Fitzenhagen’s ‘revisions’ become more widely appreciated. Rarely, though, has the piece felt as striking as in Walton’s captivating, glowingly engineered performance, restoring Tchaikovsky’s original ordering, which creates the impression of the composer’s inspiration working at spontaneous white heat throughout.

The Strad – Julian Haylock

  1. Concerto Ballata, Op. 108 – Alexander Glazunov – 20.44
  2. Chant du menestrel, Op. 71 – Alexander Glazunov – 3.39
  3. Melodie, Op. 20, No. 1 – Alexander Glazunov – 7.15
  4. Concertino, Op. 132: I. Andante mosso – Sergei Prokofiev – 8.32
  5. Concertino, Op. 132: II. Andante – Sergei Prokofiev – 5.55
  6. Concertino, Op. 132: III. Andante – Sergei Prokofiev – 4.47
  7. Nocturne, Op. 19, No. 4 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 4.57
  8. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Moderato assai quasi andante – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 0.55
  9. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Theme – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 0.58
  10. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation I – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 0.52
  11. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation II – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 2.19
  12. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation III – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 2.10
  13. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation IV – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1.19
  14. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation V – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1.55
  15. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation VI – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1.46
  16. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation VII – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 3.39
  17. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Variation VIII – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1.58

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