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Glazunov: Concerto Ballata, Op. 108; Prokofiev: Concertino, Op. 132; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 / Jamie Walton, cello

Album Summary

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto ballata for cello & orchestra in C major, Op. 108
>Glazunov, Alexander : Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71
>Glazunov, Alexander : Mélodie for cello & orchestra in D major, Op. 20/1
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concertino for cello & orchestra in G minor, Op. 132
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Star British cellist Jamie Walton returns to Signum with a program of Russian repertoire by Glazunov, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Joined by the Royal Philharmonic under Okko Kamu, the disc includes the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. “This is probably the best performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto that I have heard. [Jamie] Walton cannot be beaten. I shall treasure this recording – literally: I shall hoard it against a musically rainy day.” (The Elgar Society Journal – Signum: Elgar & Myaskovsky (SIGCD116))

The Telegraph, 14th June 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 Tchaikovsky] retains its appeal in a performance as tasteful, spirited and affectionate as this one.

The Guardian, 25th June 2015
Walton makes a good case for [the Glazunov], using a lightish, sweeping tone that means that the long, rhapsodic melodies don't get too bogged down...Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations are given in the composer's original version, and Walton's poised playing suits them well. Under Okko Kamu, the orchestra is neat and sympathetic, if a little faceless.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Walton's taste, discretion and romantic warmth, fused with a lightness of touch, serve as a reminder that it was in the poise and purity of 18th-century music that Tchaikovsky - as he told an uncomprehending Mme von Meck - found solace from life's woes.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
Jamie Walton, keenly supported by the RPO under Okko Kamu, delivers a particularly eloquent and virtuosic account of the [Rococo Variations]... there's also much to admire in Walton's fervent performance of Prokofiev's Concertino. Especially impressive is his warm phrasing in the slow movement and the sly humour that he projects throughout the energetic Finale.

MusicWeb International, September 2015
Signum Classics have contributed a first-rate production with thorough notes and an attractive presentation. If one is seeking a fine recording of the Tchaikovsky don't hesitate.

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

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
He plays with a satisfying involvement that is quite lovely, as does the orchestra. This is a relatively low-keyed program with an emphasis on the lyrical side of things. The recorded sound is very natural and clear. It is an unusual collection of pieces that I am glad to have, played with polish and general feeling for the idiom.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cadogan Hall, London (03/25/2013/03/27/2013).



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>Glazunov, Alexander : Concerto ballata for cello & orchestra in C major, Op. 108
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (03/25/2013/03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931

>Glazunov, Alexander : Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (03/25/2013/03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900

>Glazunov, Alexander : Mélodie for cello & orchestra in D major, Op. 20/1
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (03/25/2013/03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concertino for cello & orchestra in G minor, Op. 132
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (03/25/2013/03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1952

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (03/25/2013/03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (03/25/2013/03/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876