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Lutoslawski, Dutilleux: Cello Concertos / Rostropovich

Release Date: 09/17/2002 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 67868   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Henri DutilleuxWitold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Conductor:  Serge BaudoWitold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mstislav Rostropovich not only is one of the major musical personalities (and most gifted performers) of any era, but he also has enriched the cello repertoire in ways that have completely redefined the importance of the instrument and the artists who play it. He also has inspired virtually every modern composer who has ever worked with him to do their very best work, and these two concertos offer a case in point. Witold Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto charts a course from what can only be called an autistic beginning to a gradually unfolding lyricism and expressiveness. It's a difficult work, but so intensely communicative is Rostropovich's view of it that there's never a moment's doubt about what the music means and how confidently the Read more composer takes the piece where he wants it to go.

Henri Dutilleux's evocative concerto "Tout un monde lointain..." charts a course from dreamy introspection to episodes of outright violence, all decked out in luminous orchestration of the utmost transparency and refinement. It goes without saying that Rostropovich's performance is a commanding one, despite several fine subsequent recordings. The engineers in this piece particularly place him too far forward for optimal balance (the Lutoslawski is better in this respect), but otherwise the recording sounds very fine in this latest remastering. An unexpectedly bold addition to EMI's Great Recordings of the Century series, this release surely deserves the appellation. [10/26/2002]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello "Tout un monde lointain" by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1970; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1974 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 28 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Concerto for Cello by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1974 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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