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Cello Suite No 3, Op 87
composer
early spring 1971 by April; first performed by dedicatee Mstislav Rostroprovich at the Maltings, Snape on 21 December 1974; first three movements from Tchaikovsky's folk-song arrangements, fourth movement from Kontakion

Recordings
'Britten: Cello Suites' (CDA66274)
Britten: Cello Suites
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'Britten: Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata & Cello Suites' (CDA67941/2)
Britten: Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata & Cello Suites
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Details
Movement 1: Introduzione: Lento
Track 15 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [2'01] 2CDs
Track 15 on CDA66274 [2'17] Archive Service
Movement 2: Marcia: Allegro
Track 16 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [1'38] 2CDs
Track 16 on CDA66274 [1'45] Archive Service
Movement 3: Canto: Con moto
Track 17 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [1'15] 2CDs
Track 17 on CDA66274 [1'19] Archive Service
Movement 4: Barcarola: Lento
Track 18 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [1'30] 2CDs
Track 18 on CDA66274 [1'22] Archive Service
Movement 5: Dialogo: Allegretto
Track 19 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [1'12] 2CDs
Track 19 on CDA66274 [1'30] Archive Service
Movement 6: Fuga: Andante espressivo
Track 20 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [2'33] 2CDs
Track 20 on CDA66274 [2'39] Archive Service
Movement 7: Recitativo: Fantastico
Track 21 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [1'07] 2CDs
Track 21 on CDA66274 [1'16] Archive Service
Movement 8: Moto perpetuo: Presto
Track 22 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [0'49] 2CDs
Track 22 on CDA66274 [1'02] Archive Service
Movement 9: Passacaglia: Lento solenne
Track 23 on CDA67941/2 CD2 [8'52] 2CDs
Track 23 on CDA66274 [8'25] Archive Service

Cello Suite No 3, Op 87
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The Suite No 3, completed in the spring of 1971 but not performed by its dedicatee until December 1974 owing to severe restrictions on his movements imposed by the Soviet authorities in the wake of his friendship with the dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, pays tribute to Rostropovich’s Russian heritage in its format of a set of variations on four traditional Russian themes. The first three are taken from Tchaikovsky’s volumes of folk song arrangements (‘Under the apple tree’, ‘Autumn’ and ‘The grey eagle’) and the fourth is the Kontakion, or hymn to the departed. The final suite works in reverse, as it were, by delaying the statement of these themes until the very end, after all the variations have been heard. Although the movements follow one another without a break, each variation is a self-contained character piece. After the initial Introduzione, there follows a Marcia, Canto, Barcarola, Dialogo, Fuga, Recitativo, Moto perpetuo and concluding Passacaglia.

from notes by Mervyn Cooke © 2013

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