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Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Knipper, Vainberg, Et Al

Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 72298   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Fernando Lopez-GraçaLev KnipperAram KhachaturianYuzo Toyama,   ... 
Performer:  Mstislav RostropovichAza Amintayeva
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinGennadi RozhdestvenskyYuzo ToyamaIgor Blazhkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic OrchestraUSSR State Symphony OrchestraMoscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Tischenko’s Concerto is...strangely distributed, in his case for cello, 17 wind instruments, percussion and organ and the work encompasses starkness, melodrama and terse expression. The Aram Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody is in a cello and piano version. But Yuzo Toyama’s Concerto is a six movement one - strong Japanese pizzicati and some lyric-melancholic moments too.

Lopes-Graça’s Concerto da camera will have escaped all but the most assiduous of listeners I suspect but its urgent and nervous disposition is well worth seeking out, even if that description doesn’t sound too enticing. I suppose if you want unusual instrumentation you’d go straight to Knipper’s Concerto-Monologue for cello, seven brass instruments
Read more and two kettledrums - brilliant brass colloquy and mood shifts in this superb work. Yearning expression and quicksilver dynamism marks out Weinberg’s Concerto, cast in broadly Shostakovich-like colouring.

...[A] force - spiritual, musical, human - for good, Rostropovich is here captured in some of his many guises. A review such as this can only hope to suggest a small fraction of the rewards to be encountered, but it should also alert us all to the debt owed this indefatigable and remarkable man, whose playing so graced and profoundly illuminated the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International [reviewing the box set of Rostropovich's complete EMI recordings of which this set is a part]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto da càmera for Cello by Fernando Lopez-Graça
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Live  Moscow, USSR 
Length: 23 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Concertino-monologue for Cello, Winds and Timpani in C major by Lev Knipper
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1964 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 16 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3. Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Aza Amintayeva (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/04/1964 
Venue:  Live  Smith Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 22 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Cello by Yuzo Toyama
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Yuzo Toyama
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966-1967; Japan 
Date of Recording: 01/13/1967 
Venue:  Live  Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 19 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Cello no 1, Op. 23 by Boris Tishchenko
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Igor Blazhkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/06/1966 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Leningrad, USSR 
Length: 26 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Cello, Op. 43 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948/1956; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1964 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 29 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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