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Dvorák: Cello Concerto; Tchaikowsky / Rostropovich, Karajan


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447413   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorák: Cello Concerto; Mstislav Rostropovich; Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon 413 819-2 [with Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations] (originally released 1969).

Of the many recordings of this concerto featuring Mstislav Rostropovich as the soloist, this one, from 1969, is the best. Indeed, it ranks with certainty among the greatest readings of the piece ever. It is a performance of heroic size and intensity, notable for the soloist’s expressive range and awe-inspiring command of his instrument. Karajan sculpts an extraordinarily powerful, polished accompaniment from a Berlin Philharmonic at the peak of its powers. The recording has the “hot” analog sound typical of DG in these years – bright, a
Read more little light in the bass, but with good detail and reasonably clean textures. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 41 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 18 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op.104: 1. Allegro
Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op.104: 2. Adagio ma non troppo
Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op.104: 3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Moderato assai quasi andante
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Tema: Moderato semplice
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Variazione I: Tempo del Tema
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Variazione II: Tempo del Tema
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Variazione III: Andante sostenuto
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Variazione IV: Andante grazioso
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Variazione V: Allegro moderato
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Variazione VI: Andante
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33: Variazione VII e Coda: Allegro vivo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Meeting of the Masters October 8, 2013 By James D. S. (Villa Hills, KY) See All My Reviews "When two masters of music collaborate you expect first-rate results. You will not be disappointed here. Rostropovich gives a well crafted performance of the Dvorak concerto and is matched by the Berlin players with enthusiastic panache. As a young man I was not fond of Dvorak's music, but now that I have reached elder status I find I like him much more. The cello concerto is one of his more admired pieces by many people and if you are a fan, this recording will please you. The recording dates from the late 1960's but DG has done a fine job of recording here and the cello is heard clearly in all of Rostropovich's full, resonant sound. The Tchaikovsky variations are played with feeling and are a nice companion to the robust Dvorak piece. A good choice for your collection." Report Abuse
 I loved it November 30, 2012 By Ruth S. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "Probably the most beautiful expansive performance I've ever heard." Report Abuse
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