The Glory of Rostropovich - 80th Birthday Tribute

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Given that box sets are too often thrown together in a last cavalier attempt to get mileage from back catalog, it's a pleasure to find one that has rhyme and reason, assembling a program that would be hard for the buyer to find on his or her own and offering a real tribute to a beloved figure. The career of cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich traversed quite a few cultural and musical junctures. He was, in turn, a hotshot, rather brash young virtuoso who emerged from the period of Soviet openness in the late '50s, a big player in the classic Russian mold in Russian and Eastern European repertory, a champion of Shostakovich and the other politically ambiguous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Given that box sets are too often thrown together in a last cavalier attempt to get mileage from back catalog, it's a pleasure to find one that has rhyme and reason, assembling a program that would be hard for the buyer to find on his or her own and offering a real tribute to a beloved figure. The career of cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich traversed quite a few cultural and musical junctures. He was, in turn, a hotshot, rather brash young virtuoso who emerged from the period of Soviet openness in the late '50s, a big player in the classic Russian mold in Russian and Eastern European repertory, a champion of Shostakovich and the other politically ambiguous composers of the late Soviet era, an experimenter with the Baroque before it was common to be one, a fine chamber player, an enthusiastic supporter of several different stripes of contemporary music -- and then the second half of his career, as conductor of the National Symphony in Washington, began. A set like this is a good way to get a handle on Rostropovich's contributions to musical life. It's not so much that any one thing he did was extraordinary although his rapport with Shostakovich's "Cello Concerto No. 2" on disc 3 is hard to top. For the Dvorák concerto, taken in isolation, one might choose Janos Starker's reading among the recordings of the third quarter of the twentieth century. But there's not another musician alive, or even dead, who could have filled all the shoes Rostropovich effortlessly wore -- and who could have stamped his warm, irrepressible personality onto almost everything he did. Let others find fault with individual passages; this box is about the broad sweep of Rostropovich's work, and that perspective brings home his greatness.
BBC Music Magazine - Joanne Talbot
Many of these recordings have already achieved hallowed status. For example I cannot imagine a more exciting performance of the Chopin Sonata, sparkling with spontaneity, yet with a searing logic to each phrase that compellingly draws you through to the last note.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947765790
  • Catalog Number: 000839202
  • Sales rank: 140,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto in D major, G. 479 - Luigi Boccherini & Nikolaus Boddin (16:49)
  2. 4–6 Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in C major, RV 398 - Antonio Vivaldi & Martin Derungs (8:18)
  3. 7–9 Cello Concerto in A major - Giuseppe Tartini & Nikolaus Boddin (14:53)
  4. 10–12 Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in G major, RV 413 - Martin Derungs & Antonio Vivaldi (11:03)
  5. 13–15 Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (25:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104) - Antonin Dvorák & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (41:27)
  2. 4–12 Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (18:56)
  3. 5 Andante cantabile, for cello and string orchestra in D major (arr. of 2nd mvt. from String Quartet No.1) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:39)
  4. 6 Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71 - Alexander Glazunov & Nikolaus Boddin (4:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Nikolaus Boddin (33:23)
  2. 4–7 Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Nikolaus Boddin (45:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Concert à quatre, for flute, cello, piano & orchestra, I/62 - Heinz Holliger & Olivier Messiaen (26:08)
  2. 5–7 Meditations (3) from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (17:01)
  3. 8–10 Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 - Johannes Brahms & Nikolaus Boddin (27:11)
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 - Johannes Brahms & Nikolaus Boddin (30:25)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 65, CT. 204 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (29:24)
  3. 6 Introduction and Polonaise brillante for cello & piano in C major, Op. 3, CT. 148 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (8:17)
  4. 7 Adagio & Allegro for horn (or violin or cello) & piano in A flat major, Op. 70 - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (8:14)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163) - Franz Schubert & Nikolaus Boddin (53:30)
Disc 7
  1. 1–6 The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (25:25)
  2. 7–11 The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (20:09)
  3. 12–19 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (23:05)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Capriccio Italien, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 45 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (15:42)
  2. 2–8 Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 64 bis - Sergey Prokofiev & Nikolaus Boddin (27:36)
  3. 9–15 Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter - Sergey Prokofiev & Nikolaus Boddin (30:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mstislav Rostropovich Primary Artist
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