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Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Prokofiev, Taneiev, Et Al


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 72296   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievSergei TaneyevAlexander GlazunovNikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Sviatoslav RichterMstislav RostropovichAlexander Dedyukhin
Conductor:  Yevgeny SvetlanovGennadi RozhdestvenskyIsrail Gusman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony OrchestraMoscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Rostropovich - The Russian Years" is the musical equivalent of a National Lottery windfall. Had anyone told me, five or so years ago, that I would have access to the 1950 world premiere performance of Prokofiev's Cello Sonata with Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter at their spontaneous best, I would not have have believed them. And yet here it is, relatively well engineered for its time and promoting a repertory mainstay with a level of enthusiasm that no subsequent recording quite matches...

...[This set also includes] a fine composite performance of the Symphony-Concerto, the first movement superbly conducted by Israel Gusman (1972), the rest conducted almost as distinctively by Rozhdestvensky (1964)...Glazunov's
Read more attractive though rather discursive Concerto ballata, Op. 108...an appealing Canzona that Taneyev arranged for cello and piano from a clarinet original...[and] Miaskovsky's masterly Concerto in C minor (a fine 1964 performance under Svetlanov)...

Rostropovich collaborated with Kabalevsky in completing Prokofiev's Concertino for cello and orchestra (a work that calls on thematic material from the Symphony-Concerto), and Rostropovich's performance displays the expected tonal lustre.

-- Gramophone [5/1997, reviewing EMI 72016]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1950 
Venue:  Live  Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 22 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2. Canzona for Clarinet and Strings in F minor by Sergei Taneyev
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/14/1964 
Venue:  Radio House, Moscow, USSR 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Sergei Taneiev 
3. Concerto ballata for Cello and Orchestra in C major, Op. 108 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/14/1964 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 21 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4. Concertino for Cello in G minor, Op. 132 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/13/1964 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 17 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Dmitri Kabalevsky 
5. Concerto for Cello, Op. 66 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/14/1964 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 28 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: 1st movement, Andante by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Israil Gusman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1972 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: USSR (1951).
Composition revised: USSR (1952). 
7. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: 2nd movement, Allegro giusto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1964 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: USSR (1951).
Composition revised: USSR (1952). 
8. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: 3rd movement, Andante con moto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/25/1964 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: USSR (1951).
Composition revised: USSR (1952). 

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