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Dvorák: Cello Concerto / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
     

Dvorák: Cello Concerto / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations

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by Mstislav Rostropovich
 
Why aren't there more cello concertos? The voice of this instrument is so profoundly expressive -- especially in the hands of an extraordinary performer like Mstislav Rostropovich -- yet there are only a handful of such works in the repertory. Actually, Rostropovich has commissioned a number of important new concertos from

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Why aren't there more cello concertos? The voice of this instrument is so profoundly expressive -- especially in the hands of an extraordinary performer like Mstislav Rostropovich -- yet there are only a handful of such works in the repertory. Actually, Rostropovich has commissioned a number of important new concertos from contemporary composers, but it's not hard to imagine that if the great Russian cellist had been around at the time, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky certainly would have written these works especially for him. Dvorak's concerto is a cellist's dream, with luscious, long-limbed melodies that are tailor-made for the instrument's warm, woody tone. The slow movement is one of the composer's most heart-wrenching utterances. Tchaikovsky's set of variations on a gracious, Rococo-like theme is in a lighter vein and disarmingly charming. Rostropovich recorded the Dvorak Cello Concerto numerous times, but this captures him at his prime, backed by the dark, plush tones of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/1996
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028944741322
catalogNumber:
447413
Rank:
34729

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Tracks

  1. Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Otto Gerdes  - Herbert von Karajan  - Hartmut Pfeiffer  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  2. Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Otto Gerdes  - Herbert von Karajan  - Hartmut Pfeiffer  - Mstislav Rostropovich

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