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

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

by Mstislav Rostropovich
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947765059
catalogNumber:
000860702

Tracks

  1. Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
  2. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
  3. Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71
  4. Introduction and Polonaise brillante for cello & piano in C major, Op. 3, CT. 148
  5. Goyescas, opera, H. 65: Intermezzo
  6. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Chorus of the Polovtsian Maidens / Dance of the Po
  7. Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: Adagio
  8. Elfentanz for cello & piano, Op 39 "Dance of the Elves"
  9. Stimmungsbilder (Mood Pictures), pieces (5) for piano, Op. 9 (TrV 127): 2. An einsamer Quelle (By the Brook)
  10. Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102: 4. Nicht zu rasch
  11. Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102: 1. Mit Humor ("Vanitas, vanitatum")
  12. Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102: 3. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen
  13. Te Deum (Dettingen) for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major, HWV 283: Aria "Vouchsafe, O Lord"
  14. Moto perpetuo, for violin & guitar (or orchestra) in C major, Op. 11, MS 72

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