Saint-Seans & Tchaikovsky: Cello Concertos / Stephane Tetreault, cello

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Stéphane Tétreault was selected to participate at the prestigious 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris. He was the youngest participant - personally selected by Michael Tilson Thomas - to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Stéphane was also selected to participate in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow last June. In 2010, he shared the stage with the violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov - a performance Tchaïkovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme which garnered great critical acclaim from the press. He currently plays the 1707 `Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini ` Stradivarius cello. The early 1870s saw Saint-Saëns driven by a constant desire to surpass himself, which led to several powerful compositions, including the Cello Concerto No. 1. His creative decisions - the expressive treatment of the solo part, the thematic concentration, the concise orchestral developments, the juxtaposition of contrasts, the lack of a traditional orchestral introduction, and the merging of the usual three movements into one - place this concerto in a class of its own. When German cellist Wilhelm Fitzenhagen - a colleague of Tchaikovsky's at the Moscow Conservatory who took part in the premieres of three of the latter's string quartets - received the Variations on a Rococo Theme in 1877, which he had commissioned from Tchaikovsky, he immediately took it on tour. Quickly realizing how deeply moving audiences found the third variation, "Andante" (they frequently applauded it), Fitzenhagen decided to rework the score by moving this variation to the end and rewriting certain transitions. Tchaikovsky was unaware of this until the work was published in 1889. Although outraged, the composer let the publication stand, and Tchaikovsky's original version would not be heard again before 1941; indeed, most cellists did not start playing the original version until the late 1970s. The Orchestre symphonique de Québec will celebrate its 110th anniversary on October 3, 2012, marking its place as Canada's oldest symphony. At the 2009 edition of the Quebec Summer Festival, the OSQ had the honor of performing with one of the world's great tenors, Plácido Domingo, accompanied by soprano Virginia Tola, under the direction of conductor Israel Gursky. This unique concert attracted 100,000 people to the Plains of Abraham, earning an Opus Award for Concert of the Year. An ambassador of symphonic music, the Orchestre contributes to the cultural development of future generations through enriching school programs.

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Stéphane is a great talent and we very much look forward to working with him. He plays with great heart and great skill. He shows tremendous maturity in his playing and I was quite surprised when I found out his age.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Raoul-Jobin hall in Palais Montcalm, Québec (06/2012).



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
  • Performer: Stephane Tetreault (Cello)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec
  • Running Time: 19 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1872

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
  • Performer: Stephane Tetreault (Cello)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor, Op. 43
  • Performer: Stephane Tetreault (Cello)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62
  • Performer: Stephane Tetreault (Cello)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Isabelle Fortier (Harp); Stephane Tetreault (Cello)
  • Conductor: Fabien Gabel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886