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Strauss: Don Quixote; Schumann / Rostropovich


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66965   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard StraussRobert Schumann
Performer:  Ulrich KochMstislav Rostropovich
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanLeonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraORTF National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Award: Diapason d'Or/Choc du Monde de la Musique, France

"...a superb account of Strauss's masterpiece, earns the strongest recommendation for the virtuosity and eloquence of the performance and the remarkably vivid recording..." - Gramophone

One of the great musicians of the twentieth century is heard here in two staples of the cello repertoire: Strauss's masterpiece Don Quixote and Schumann's beautifully lyrical Concerto.

The performances, recorded in Berlin in 1975 and in Paris in 1976, feature the most sympathetic and virtuosic accompaniments from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Karajan, and from Leonard Bernstein and the French National Orchestra.

For this
Read more reissue the recordings have been digitally remastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road Studios. In the booklet, the English essay by Anthony Short appears also in German, French and Spanish translation.

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Works on This Recording

1. Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ulrich Koch (Viola), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1975 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 43 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1976 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 25 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Introduction : Mäßiges Zeitmaß
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Thema: Mäßig - Don Quixote. The Knight of the Mournful Countenance
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation I: Gemächlich - Departure. The adventure of the windmills
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation II: Kriegerisch - The battle with the sheep
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation III: Mäßiges Zeitmaß - Sancho's wishes, peculiarities of speech and maxims
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation IV: Etwas breiter - The adventure with the procession of penitents
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation V: Sehr langsam - Don Quixote's vigil during the summer night
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation VI: Schnell - Dulcinea
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation VII: Ein wenig ruhiger als vorher - Don Quixote's ride through the air
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation VIII: Gamächlich - The trip on the enchanted boat
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation IX: Schnell und stürmisch - The attack on the medicant friars
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Variation X: Viel breiter - The duel and return home
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35 (1998 Digital Remaster): Epilogue: Sehr ruhig - Don Quixote's mind clears. Death of Don Quixote
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129 (1977 Digital Remaster): I. Nicht zu schnell -
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129 (1977 Digital Remaster): II. Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller -
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129 (1977 Digital Remaster): III. Sehr lebhaft - (Cadenza) - Im Tempo - Schneller

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