Artist Portrait: Mstislav Rostropovich

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Though it is not a greatest hits, a career highlights, or the only disc you'll ever need by the performer, Artist Portrait is well worth hearing for fans of Mstislav Rostropovich. First, it includes performances of works that the great Russian cellist otherwise never recorded -- Rheinberger's serene "Abendlied," Marcello's haunting "Adagio" arranged for cello and organ by Bach, and Bach's own majestic Adagio from his "Organ Toccata in C major" arranged by Alexander Siloti. Second, it includes Rostropovich's final recordings of pieces he was closely and uniquely associated with -- the spicy central Allegro guisto from Prokofiev's "Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Though it is not a greatest hits, a career highlights, or the only disc you'll ever need by the performer, Artist Portrait is well worth hearing for fans of Mstislav Rostropovich. First, it includes performances of works that the great Russian cellist otherwise never recorded -- Rheinberger's serene "Abendlied," Marcello's haunting "Adagio" arranged for cello and organ by Bach, and Bach's own majestic Adagio from his "Organ Toccata in C major" arranged by Alexander Siloti. Second, it includes Rostropovich's final recordings of pieces he was closely and uniquely associated with -- the spicy central Allegro guisto from Prokofiev's "Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra" and the spiky opening Allegretto from Shostakovich's "Cello Concerto No. 1." Third, it includes splendid performances of works Rostropovich recorded several times earlier in his career -- Tchaikovsky's piquant "Variations on a Rococo Theme" and the central Adagio ma non troppo from Dvorák's "Cello Concerto." While those who love the late cellist will want to hear other recordings, anyone who loves Rostropovich will probably want to hear this one, too. Taken from digital recordings originally released by Teldec and Erato, the sound on this Warner Classics release is close, warm, and colorful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Teldec
  • UPC: 809274970626
  • Catalog Number: 49706
  • Sales rank: 104,039

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cello Concerto in D major: Allegro - Giuseppe Tartini & Thierry Cohen (3:08)
  2. 2 Concerto for solo keyboard No. 3 in D minor (after Alessandro Marcello), BWV 974 (BC L194): Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Thierry Cohen (5:07)
  3. 3 Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 406 - Antonio Vivaldi & Thierry Cohen (9:36)
  4. 4 Pieces (6) for violin & organ, Op. 150: Abendlied - Joseph Rheinberger & Thierry Cohen (4:18)
  5. 5 Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Boston Symphony Orchestra (17:37)
  6. 6 Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36): Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Thierry Cohen (4:04)
  7. 7 Sinfonia Concertante for cello & orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: Allegro giusto - Sergey Prokofiev & Thierry Cohen (17:03)
  8. 8 Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): Adagio ma non troppo - Boston Symphony Orchestra & Antonin Dvorák (11:55)
  9. 9 Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107: Allegretto - Dmitry Shostakovich & Thierry Cohen (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mstislav Rostropovich Primary Artist
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