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Rostropovich: Mastercellist -- Legendary Recordings, 1956-1978
     

Rostropovich: Mastercellist -- Legendary Recordings, 1956-1978

by Mstislav Rostropovich
 
Mastercellist is right! Born in 1927 in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital on the Caspian Sea, Mstislav Rostropovich, who celebrates his 75th birthday with this double-disc compilation, is indisputably one of the world's great cellists. His playing has long been admired for its intensity, technical finesse, and larger-than-life

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Mastercellist is right! Born in 1927 in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital on the Caspian Sea, Mstislav Rostropovich, who celebrates his 75th birthday with this double-disc compilation, is indisputably one of the world's great cellists. His playing has long been admired for its intensity, technical finesse, and larger-than-life quality, and some of his most celebrated recordings are included here, especially the electrifying 1968 Dvorák Concerto with Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic that opens the collection. Rostropovich recorded this concerto -- the greatest written for the cello -- more than any other work, but this version is something special, thrillingly intense while maintaining a marvelous spontaneity. Similarly, he recorded the Schumann Concerto many times, but this one from 1960, with Rozhdestvensky and the Leningrad Philharmonic, is commonly cited as the best, praised for its beautiful tone, lyricism, and technical perfection. Two short Russian charmers for cello and orchestra complete the first disc: an andante cantabile by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov's Chant du ménéstral. Then it's on to chamber music with the second CD. Some may feel Rostropovich is best heard in relief against a Romantic-sized orchestra, but these intimate works for cello and piano (with longtime collaborator Alexander Dedyukhin at the keyboard) highlight his poetic side. Just listen to the final track, an arrangement of Schumann's Träumerei, for a taste of his lyric skill. These chamber works, recorded in 1956, are in mono and are rather close-miked, enhancing the sense of intimacy. The works with orchestra, on the other hand, are in sparkling stereo and have been nicely transferred to CD. Regrettably, none of the wonderful fruits of the cellist's partnerships with Prokofiev, Shostakovich, or Britten are included. But no matter. Here is a marvelous collection of highlights from the work of one of the great musicians of our time.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947162025
catalogNumber:
471620
Rank:
140756

Tracks

  1. Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)
  2. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
  3. Andante cantabile, for cello and string orchestra in D major (arr. of 2nd mvt. from String Quartet No.1)
  4. Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71
  5. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
  6. Introduction and Polonaise brillante for cello & piano in C major, Op. 3, CT. 148
  7. Vocalise, transcriptions for various instruments, Op. 34/14
  8. Impromptu for piano in G flat major, D. 899/3 (Op. 90/3)
  9. Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7

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