ROCOCO - Pieter Wispelwey

ROCOCO - Pieter Wispelwey

EPRC 0017 PIETER WISPELWEY - WINTERTHUR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA REAL, RETRO & NEW

ROCOCO - Pieter Wispelwey

In its narrowest sense, the label “Rococo” pertains to the exaggeration and the mannerisms of the post-baroque era, but on this record it can refer to any period or style in which old rules no longer apply, and new rules are not ready yet. From the crevices of music history, EPR Classic digs up three masterpieces, which take on fresh relevance in the hands of a virtuoso who delights in the foiling of conventions, and the conducting of formalities with a nod and a wink, while using new masks, colors, registers and gestures. Nothing is what it seems on this recording. The only piece which is strictly Rococo – CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A – sounds Romantic on account of its spicy charm and almost improper energy. Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (1877) firmly belong to the Romantic catalogue, but borrow gestures from bygone ages to express how homeless their composer felt in his own times. Strawinsky’s Suite Italienne (1932) – performed here in the version for cello and orchestra – also recycles baroque inspiration, but not for any nostalgic purpose: for Strawinsky, the Suite heralds the new order of neo-classicism which was to determine his work ever after. Teaming up with the Winterthur Chamber Orchestra, cello icon Pieter Wispelwey tackles these works with fitting playfulness and the unrestrained refinement and sensuality which have become his trademarks.

Tracklist

1. Rococo Variations opus 33 Moderato assai quasi Andante (01:00) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
2. Rococo Variations opus 33 Thema, Moderato simplice (00:59) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
3. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 1, Tempo della Thema (00:55) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
4. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 2, Tempo della Thema (00:50) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
5. Rococo Variations opus 33 Cadenza (01:58) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
6. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 3, Andante (02:27) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
7. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 4, Allegro vivo (01:20) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
8. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 5, Andante grazioso (01:57) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
9. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 6, Allegro moderato (01:44) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
10. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 7, Andante sostenuto (03:43) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
11. Rococo Variations opus 33 Variation 8 and Coda, Allegro moderato con anima (02:01) - P. I. Tchaikovsky
12. Concerto in A Major Wq 172 Allegro (06:16) - C. P. E. Bach
13. Concerto in A Major Wq 172 Largo con sordini. Mesto (06:46) - C. P. E. Bach
14. Concerto in A Major Wq 172 Allegro Assai (05:05) - C. P. E. Bach
15. Suite Italienne Introduzione, Allegro moderato (02:35) - I. Stravinsky
16. Suite Italienne Serenata, Larghetto (03:26) - I. Stravinsky
17. Suite Italienne Aria, Allegro alla breve (05:15) - I. Stravinsky
18. Suite Italienne Tarantella, Vivace (02:24) - I. Stravinsky
19. Suite Italienne Minuetto (02:36) - I. Stravinsky
20. Suite Italienne Finale, Molto vivace (02:21) - I. Stravinsky

ROCOCO - Pieter Wispelwey