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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62   Play

Christoph Croisé Cello
Noreen Polera Piano

Recorded on 12/14/2017, uploaded on 12/14/2017

Musician's or Publisher's Notes

Tchaikovsky composed Pezzo Capriccioso for cello and orchestra during the time he spent with his desperately ill friend Nikolai Kondratiev in Paris. He wrote it in only a week and dedicated it to another friend, cellist Anatoliy Brandukov, who also resided in Paris at the time. The world premiere of Pezzo Capriccioso was given by Brandukov with Tchaikovsky at the piano. The composer‘s dark mood finds its expression in the key of b-minor. At the same time, life’s energy surfaces inevitably in the fast virtuoso passages which alternate with the dramatic melodic base.      Notes by Jean Croisé


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