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Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Schumann, Et Al


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 72294   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  Mstislav RostropovichSviatoslav RichterDavid OistrakhAlexander Dedyukhin,   ... 
Conductor:  Kiril KondrashinGennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic OrchestraUSSR State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Rostropovich - The Russian Years" is the musical equivalent of a National Lottery windfall... Taking a brief hop through the set finds us starting among encore repertory - luscious Stravinsky ("Parasha's Song" and music from Le baiser de la fee), a sensitive rendition of Dvorak's Silent woods, a positively maniacal "Ritual Fire Dance", Sinding's Presto (fast — though not as fast as Heifetz in the original violin and orchestra version, 11/94), a 'world premiere' of Debussy's 1882 Nocturne et Scherzo, and sundry showpieces. My favourite track is Prokofiev's own transcription of his Cinderella Waltz — a mesmerizing performance...

The Schumann Concerto [is] preceded by the first movement of
Read more Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Richter and David Oistrakh, recorded just months after the famous EMI sessions under Karajan (7/93). Here, the soloists are placed much closer to the microphones and Kondrashin's conducting is rather more amiable than Karajan's. One wonders if the rest of the performance was recorded. Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations round off the disc (a fine 1960 performance under Rozhdestvensky)...

...Of course, it goes without saying that many of the modern works were either commissioned by or dedicated to Rostropovich and that we are unlikely to encounter rival performances of the same repertory that are either as wholly compelling or more truly 'authentic'. As to the playing, everything — or virtually everything — subscribes to a familiar and distinctive interpretative formula, i.e. forceful tone-projection, prominent vibrato (distinctively wide and fast during softer passages), marked dynamic extremes, unstinting demonstrativeness and a comprehensive grasp of the score to hand. Rostropovich metaphorically flings his arms around everything he plays... As with the work of his late friend Leonard Bernstein, you cannot but sit back and submit... Take it slowly, indulge every moment, just as Rostropovich himself did .... and, thanks to the art of recording, will continue to do virtually into infinity.

-- Robert Cowan, Gramophone [5/1997]
reviewing the full "Russian Years" box set, EMI 72016

Note: Many of the selections conclude with applause.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto": 1st movement, Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1970 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 17 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/30/1960 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 23 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/30/1960 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Mavra: Oh, my dearest one "Parasha's Song" by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; France 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1960 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Igor Stravinsky 
5.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 11 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1960 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Gregor Piatigorsky 
6.
Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 8, Tijuca by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1960 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Mstislav Rostropovich 
7.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
8.
Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9: no 2, An einsamer Quelle by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1884; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9.
Suite for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 10 "In alten Stil": Presto by Christian Sinding
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Pablo Casals 
11.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Roelens 
12.
Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1968 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
13.
Elfentanz, Op. 39 by David Popper
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jascha Heifetz and Mstislav Rostropovich 
15.
Cinderella, Op. 87: Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexei Zybtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1944; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Mstislav Rostropovich 
16.
Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a: March by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexei Zybtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1924; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Mstislav Rostropovich 
17.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13: 3rd movement, Larghetto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1750; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18.
Elegy by Yuri Shaporin
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
19.
Pieces (5) for Cello and Piano, Op. 25: no 5, Scherzo by Yuri Shaporin
Performer:  Aza Amintayeva (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
20.
Le baiser de la fée: Pas de deux by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928/1950; France 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1960 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Mstislav Rostropovich 
21.
El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1960 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, USSR 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Gregor Piatigorsky 
22.
I see you by Yuri Shaporin
Performer:  Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Viktor Kubatsky 
23.
Adagio for Cello and Piano from Cinderella, Op. 97a by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Sergei Prokofiev 

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