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Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Serenade for Strings; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Dvorak: Rondo in g / Paul Tortelier, cello; Royal PO, Groves

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94
>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Stunning recordings of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E and Serenade for strings, the superb French cellist Paul Tortelier demonstrates his mastery of the cello, In addition to the Elgar works, this album also pressents his `encores` of Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and the Dvorak Rondo in G Minor. Sir Charles Groves leads the Royal Philharmonic.

Gramophone
This has a freshness and vitality that suggest Tortelier has pointedly re-studied the score... Tortelier's playing is admirably faithful to Elgar's markings. The work's emotional impact is projected without maudlin sentiment, all the more moving for being simple and unaffected (and how beautifully Groves and the RPO treat the accompaniment). Like the composer, Tortelier reserves the fullest weight for the finale. Bright, resonant recording, ideally balanced.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Peter's Church, Morden (09/1988).



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 27 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
  • Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94
  • Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Paul Tortelier (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892