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Glazunov * Prokofiev * Tchaikovsky: Glazunov Concerto Ballata

Magazine article Gramophone

Glazunov * Prokofiev * Tchaikovsky: Glazunov Concerto Ballata

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Glazunov * Prokofiev * Tchaikovsky

Glazunov Concerto ballata, Op 108. Chant du Menestrel, Op 71. Melodie, Op 20 No 1

Prokofiev Cello Concertino, Op 132

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33. Nocturne, Op 19 No 4

Jamie Walton vc

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Okko Kamu

Signum (F) SIGCD407 (74' * DDD)

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Vilified for the cut-and-paste job that he did on Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Wilhelm Fitzenhagen has to some extent been exonerated by dint of the fact that most performances still use his edition. It's probably heresy to say so but his solution to the ending has never seemed to me particularly heinous. Tchaikovsky's eighth variation (which Fitzenhagen left out altogether) is not especially strong; and by stitching the coda on to what was originally Tchaikovsky's Var 4, Fitzenhagen created a musical momentum that is not at all ineffective. Arguments can readily be aired about whether Fitzenhagen's meddling with the order of the variations elsewhere, together with his repositioning of cadenzas and his occasional changes to the text are acts of vandalism, though Tchaikovsky himself did not feel strongly enough about it to impose any sort of ban. …

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