Mstislav Rostropovich: The Complete Decca Recordings

Mstislav Rostropovich: The Complete Decca Recordings

by Mstislav Rostropovich

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Mstislav Rostropovich: The Complete Decca Recordings

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2012
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947835776
catalogNumber: 001649502

Tracks

  1. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2
  2. Sonata for cello & piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102/1
  3. Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
  4. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2
  5. Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1
  6. Sonata for cello & piano, L. 135
  7. Sonata for cello & piano in D Minor, H 125
  8. Cello Symphony, for cello & orchestra, Op. 68
  9. Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65
  10. Suite for solo cello No. 2, Op. 80
  11. Suite for solo cello No. 1, Op. 72
  12. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1
  13. Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  14. Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821

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