Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Elgar: Cello Concertos

Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Elgar: Cello Concertos

by Mstislav Rostropovich
     
 

This disc of three cello concertos played by Mstislav Rostropovich will be required listening for anyone who loves the playing of the great Russian cellist. Why? Because it contains a live recording of a work he never recorded in the studio: Elgar's "Cello Concerto." Why didn't Rostropovich record the work in the studio? Because once he'd heardSee more details below

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This disc of three cello concertos played by Mstislav Rostropovich will be required listening for anyone who loves the playing of the great Russian cellist. Why? Because it contains a live recording of a work he never recorded in the studio: Elgar's "Cello Concerto." Why didn't Rostropovich record the work in the studio? Because once he'd heard Jacqueline du Pré play it -- she recorded the work a month after this performance -- he thought that her interpretation was so good, so fine, and so deep that he had nothing to add. As this live recording shows, however, that's not entirely true. Like the Haydn "C major Concerto" and the Saint-Saëns' "A minor Concerto" also included here, Rostropovich's Elgar was recorded at a series of live concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London in early July 1965 with Gennady Rozhdestvensky leading the London Symphony and the live setting brings out the best in the cellist. There's more tonal warmth, more passionate phrasing, and more interpretive daring in his performances of the Haydn and Saint-Saëns' concertos here than in either of his studio recordings of the works. But in his Elgar concerto, there's also an emotional depth and a sympathetic understanding, in a word, a grasp of the elegiac nature of the work, that surpasses almost but not quite every other recorded performance of the work. Ably accompanied by the ever-alert Rozhdestvensky and the consummately virtuosic LSO, Rostropovich's Elgar may not be quite in the same league as the transcendent du Pré, but it is a lovely and moving interpretation of the work that fully deserves its preservation. BBC Music's live monaural sound is unfortunately dim, dry, gray, and brittle.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911419825
catalogNumber:
4198

Tracks

  1. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  2. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  3. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85  - Edward Elgar  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky

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