Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Schumann: Cello Concerto

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Twelve pieces -- nine for cello and piano and three for cello and orchestra -- twelve recordings -- eight of which have never been released before on CD -- and twelve performances -- three different conductors with three different orchestras and three different pianists: what do they have in common? They have Mstislav Rostropovich, the great Russian cellist, arguably the greatest cellist of the second half of the twentieth century. In these recordings from 1953 and 1954, Rostropovich plays Saint-Saëns and Schumann's concertos in A minor plus Glazunov's "Chant du ménéstral" with the total confidence, complete dedication, consummate musicianship, and unreserved passion on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Twelve pieces -- nine for cello and piano and three for cello and orchestra -- twelve recordings -- eight of which have never been released before on CD -- and twelve performances -- three different conductors with three different orchestras and three different pianists: what do they have in common? They have Mstislav Rostropovich, the great Russian cellist, arguably the greatest cellist of the second half of the twentieth century. In these recordings from 1953 and 1954, Rostropovich plays Saint-Saëns and Schumann's concertos in A minor plus Glazunov's "Chant du ménéstral" with the total confidence, complete dedication, consummate musicianship, and unreserved passion on the first disc, then comes back on the second disc with an unstoppable program of encores: a heroic "Introduction and Polonaise brilliant" by Chopin, a seductive "Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens" by Borodin, a melting Adagio from the ballet "Cinderella" by Prokofiev, an amusing "Fünf Stücke im Volkston" by Schumann, and a jaw-dropping "Moto perpetuo" by Paganini, plus four other supremely difficult numbers. Although the recordings are antique, they're still clean enough to let the full, rich, and soulful sound of the young Rostropovich come through loud and clear. Although not for the Rostropovich neophyte, fans of the cellist need not hesitate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947765059
  • Catalog Number: 000860702
  • Sales rank: 331,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 - All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra & Camille Saint-Saëns (20:00)
  2. 2 Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (23:39)
  3. 3 Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71 - Alexander Glazunov & Nikolaus Boddin (4:37)
  4. 4 Introduction and Polonaise brillante for cello & piano in C major, Op. 3, CT. 148 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikolaus Boddin (9:08)
  5. 5 Goyescas, opera, H. 65: Intermezzo - Enriqué Granados & Nikolaus Boddin (4:25)
  6. 6 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Chorus of the Polovtsian Maidens / Dance of the Po - Alexander Borodin & Nikolaus Boddin (4:57)
  7. 7 Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Adagio - Sergey Prokofiev & Nikolaus Boddin (5:35)
  8. 8 Elfentanz for cello & piano, Op 39 "Dance of the Elves" - David Popper & Nikolaus Boddin (2:30)
  9. 9 Stimmungsbilder (Mood Pictures), pieces (5) for piano, Op. 9 (TrV 127): 2. An einsamer Quelle (By the Brook) - Richard Strauss & Nikolaus Boddin (3:37)
  10. 10 Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102: 4. Nicht zu rasch - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (2:27)
  11. 11 Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102: 1. Mit Humor ("Vanitas, vanitatum") - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (3:49)
  12. 12 Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102: 3. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (5:55)
  13. 13 Te Deum (Dettingen) for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major, HWV 283: Aria "Vouchsafe, O Lord" - George Frideric Handel & Nikolaus Boddin (4:14)
  14. 14 Moto perpetuo, for violin & guitar (or orchestra) in C major, Op. 11, MS 72 - Niccolò Paganini & Nikolaus Boddin (3:13)
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Performance Credits
Mstislav Rostropovich Primary Artist
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