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Schumann: Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto / Argerich, Rostropovich

Schumann / Argerich / Leningrad Phil Orch
Release Date: 10/02/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 449100  
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha ArgerichMstislav Rostropovich
Conductor:  Mstislav RostropovichGennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Delivered in a limpid tone and with neat fingerwork, Argerich’s 1978 account of the Piano Concerto is characteristically resolute. Though she enjoys its moments of display, her sympathy with its poetic moods is keen. She also listens to the orchestra, which provides some attractive woodwind solos. Her accompanist, Rostropovich, is a good listener too, and doubtless the better for being a soloist himself, as in the 1961 performance of the Cello Concerto under the supportive Rozhdestvensky. A curiously sketchy work, the Concerto’s inward qualities receive passionate treatment, though the sound is rough.

-- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine
Delivered in a limpid tone and with neat fingerwork, Argerich’s 1978 account of the Piano Concerto is characteristically resolute. Though she enjoys its moments of display, her sympathy with its poetic moods is keen. She also listens to the orchestra, which provides some attractive woodwind solos. Her accompanist, Rostropovich, is a good listener too, and doubtless the better for being a soloist himself, as in the 1961 performance of the Cello Concerto under the supportive Rozhdestvensky. A curiously sketchy work, the Concerto’s inward qualities receive passionate treatment, though the sound is rough.

-- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
2. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 1. Allegro affettuoso
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 3. Allegro vivace
Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129: 1. Nicht zu schnell
Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129: 2. Langsam
Cello Concerto In A Minor, Op.129: 3. Sehr lebhaft

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