Preview: Tchaikosky Rococo Variations arranged Stephenson

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Starring: Peter Martens, I Musicanti, Leon Bosch

Tchaikosky Rococo Variations arranged Stephenson
Conductor : Leon Bosch
Orchestra : I Musicanti

A mixed instrument chamber ensemble, I Musicanti comprises some of the most experienced and respected musicians to be found in the UK, hand picked by the group’s artistic director, international double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch.


The Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, for cello and orchestra was the closest Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ever came to writing a full concerto for cello and orchestra. The style was inspired by Mozart, Tchaikovsky's role model, and makes it clear that Tchaikovsky admired the Classical style very much. However, the Theme is not Rococo in origin, but actually an original theme in the Rococo style.
Tchaikovsky wrote this piece for and with the help of Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, a German cellist and fellow-professor at the Moscow Conservatory.

This recording features the SA composer, Alan Stephenson’s arrangement for string orchestra with cello solo.