The Complete Decca Recordings

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
In the early 1960s, when Rostropovich was just beginning his international career, he made a handful of recordings for Decca. This 2012 box -- issued for what would have been his 85th birthday -- brings those albums together. It includes all of the works Benjamin Britten specifically wrote for Rostropovich: the two suites, the sonata, and the "Symphony for cello and orchestra," accompanied or conducted by the composer himself, making these definitive versions. There are also other sonatas they collaborated on, including Schubert's "Arpeggione Sonata," which was apparently one of Rostropovich's favorites of all his recordings. The Beethoven cello sonatas make up two of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
In the early 1960s, when Rostropovich was just beginning his international career, he made a handful of recordings for Decca. This 2012 box -- issued for what would have been his 85th birthday -- brings those albums together. It includes all of the works Benjamin Britten specifically wrote for Rostropovich: the two suites, the sonata, and the "Symphony for cello and orchestra," accompanied or conducted by the composer himself, making these definitive versions. There are also other sonatas they collaborated on, including Schubert's "Arpeggione Sonata," which was apparently one of Rostropovich's favorites of all his recordings. The Beethoven cello sonatas make up two of the set's discs, and in these, Rostropovich was accompanied by another, slightly older Russian also just beginning a notable international career: Sviatoslav Richter. Any student of the cello would do well to hear these historically important, superlative performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947835776
  • Catalog Number: 001649502
  • Sales rank: 70,576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821 - Benjamin Britten & Franz Schubert (28:43)
  2. 4–8 Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102 - Benjamin Britten & Robert Schumann (18:17)
  3. 9–11 Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1 - Benjamin Britten & Franz Joseph Haydn (26:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1–9 Suite for solo cello No. 1, Op. 72 - Benjamin Britten & Mstislav Rostropovich (24:11)
  2. 10–14 Suite for solo cello No. 2, Op. 80 - Benjamin Britten & Mstislav Rostropovich (23:54)
  3. 15–19 Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65 - Benjamin Britten & Benjamin Britten (20:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Cello Symphony, for cello & orchestra, Op. 68 - Benjamin Britten & Benjamin Britten (34:17)
  2. 5–6 Sonata for cello & piano in D Minor, H 125 - Frank Bridge & Benjamin Britten (23:26)
  3. 7–9 Sonata for cello & piano, L. 135 - Benjamin Britten & Claude Debussy (12:25)
Disc 4
  1. 1–2 Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (23:17)
  2. 3–4 Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (14:36)
  3. 5–7 Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (17:53)
Disc 5
  1. 1–2 Sonata for cello & piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (27:10)
  2. 3–5 Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (26:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mstislav Rostropovich Primary Artist
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