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The Russian Archives - Mstislav Rostropovitch Plays Russian Cello Concertos


Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9240   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander GlazunovAram KhachaturianNikolay MyaskovskySergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances have been kicking around for a while on various labels, both as pirate recordings and “official” releases. Artistically there’s very little to take issue with. Rostropovich was of course a very great artist, and much of this music was written for him: Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto, Miaskovsky’s Cello Concerto, Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, and more. You also get Boris Tishchenko’s pensive Concerto for cello, 17 winds, and percussion, as well as an attractive work by Victor Vlasov. There’s no particular value in having Khachaturian’s Concerto Rhapsody in a version for cello and piano (pianist unknown), and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, like most of the music here, was recorded by Rostropovich numerous times in Read more better sound. Not essential, then, but good to have available.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Pieces (2) for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 20: no 1, Mélodie by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Russia 
2. Chant du ménéstrel, Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Written: 1900 
3. Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
4. Concerto for Cello, Op. 66 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; USSR 
5. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1952; USSR 
6. Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
7. Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
8. Concerto for Cello no 1, Op. 23 by Boris Tishchenko
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
9. Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 

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