This lush and lovely album offers beguiling masterpieces for cello and orchestra by Russia’s most revered composer—played to perfection by the musical team of renowned Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova, with the legendary Russian maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev leading Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra: all musicians who have these soulful pieces in their very bones.

Kotova and company begin with Tchaikovsky’s lively Pezzo capriccioso before serving listeners the main course: one of the world’s most beloved works for cello and orchestra, the gorgeous Variations on a Rococo Theme. Then the cellist bows out as we are treated to one of the composer’s greatest orchestral pieces of smaller scale, the shimmering Serenade for Strings. In all, it’s a program filled with soaring melodies and sheer musical delight.

Track Listing

  1. Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 (6:24)
  2. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (18:54)

  3. Moderato assai quasi Andante— Moderato semplice (2:46)
  4. Variation I: Tempo della Thema (0:53)
  5. Variation II: Tempo della Thema (1:25)
  6. Variation III: Andante sostenuto (3:52)
  7. Variation IV: Andante grazioso (1:51)
  8. Variation V: Allegro moderato (3:18)
  9. Variation VI: Andante (2:42)
  10. Variation VII e Coda: Allegro vivo (2:04)
  11. Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (34:08)

  12. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo—Allegro moderato (10:44)
  13. Valse: Moderato—Tempo di valse (4:51)
  14. Élégie: Larghetto elegiaco (10:27)
  15. Finale (Tema russo): Andante—Allegro con spirito (8:06)