TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Rococo Variations / Pezzo capriccioso / Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Rostropovich, Britten) (1968)

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Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, Op. 33
Pezzo capriccioso in B minor, Op. 62
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Gloriana, Op. 53

Venue: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh
Playing Time: 01:05:44
Catalogue Number: ICAD5025
UPC: 5060244550254

These recordings represent an overview of some of the headiest years of Mstislav Rostropovich's career. Introduced to Britten through Shostakovich, Rostropovich formed a close partnership with the British composer, who was inspired to write several major cello compositions by the Russian cellist. This special relationship 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.

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