Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

Pezzo capriccioso, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in B minor, Op. 62

    Description by James Reel

    Tchaikovsky wrote this piece during a summertime visit to Germany and dedicated it to Anatoly Brandukov, a pupil of the cellist who premiered (and drastically revised) the composer's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Brandukov, too, saw fit to toy with the Pezzo Capriccioso after its 1888 publication, and it is heard today in both his version and Tchaikovsky's original; the following description refers to Tchaikovsky's conception.

    The piece is capricious -- not in a lighthearted way, but in its manner of toying with various aspects of a mood. That mood is initially rather dark; the work begins with a dramatic declamation from the soloist, a theme that ascends the scale at the beginning of each phrase, even though the phrase itself falls. This gives way to a rising, impulsive melody that would be eminently singable if it didn't devolve to instrumental passagework. About halfway through, a mercurial scherzo briefly takes over, but soon gives way to the main theme it had interrupted. Soon, though, the scherzo material succinctly provides the last word. This was the last completed work for solo instrument and orchestra that Tchaikovsky wrote.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Naxos 8573860
    2017 ABC Classics
    2017 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186570
    2017 Delos DE 3531
    2016 Warner Classics 0190295938109
    2016 Warner Classics
    2016 Montag Records 59421
    2015 Praga PRD 350112
    2015 Finlandia 2564603442
    2015 ABC Classics 4811629
    2015 Melodiya MELCD 1002349
    2015 Brilliant Classics 94876BR
    2015 Brilliant Classics 94934BR
    2014 Sony Classical 88843047122
    2013 Entertainment Group 14137
    2012 ABC Classics 344190
    2012 Entertainment Group 12804
    2012 Analekta AN 29881
    2011 Antes Edition / Zebralution
    2011 Alto 1132
    2011 BBC Legends BBCL 50052
    2011 Brilliant Classics 9240
    2011 RCA Red Seal 86900
    2011 Alicia Ward
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94188
    2010 CPO 777432
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 509996886272
    2009 Thorofon / Zebralution
    2009 Doremi Records 7974
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Telarc Distribution 80724
    2008 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler 8031
    2008 Hungaroton 32592
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2007 RCA Red Seal 75951
    2006 Arte Nova 807910
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99386
    2006 Daphne 1024
    2005 Urtext 93
    2005 Brilliant 92771
    2005 EBS 6123
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 000020902
    2003 BBC Legends / BBC Music 41102
    2003 Delos 3327
    2003 Philips 000201302
    2002 Relief CR 991065
    2002 Disques Pierre Verany 795101
    2000 Angel Records 73498
    2000 Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 641
    2000 RCA 60758
    1999 Danacord 330
    1998 Virgin 61490
    1997 Melodiya 40724
    1996 Naxos 551202
    1995 Naxos 550519
    1995 Capriccio Records 10441
    1994 John Marks Records 3
    1994 Dorian 90188
    1993 Pearl 9981
    1992 Chandos 6552
    1992 Chandos 8347
    Supraphon 110390
    Manu Music Productions 1426
    Irco 263
    Brilliant 92771/4
    Virgin 59595
    Kontrapunkt 32013