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Mstislav Rostropovich - The Complete Decca Recordings [5-CDs]


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001649502  
Composer:  Franz SchubertFrank BridgeClaude DebussyRobert Schumann,   ... 
Performer:  Mstislav RostropovichBenjamin BrittenSviatoslav Richter
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mstislav Rostropovich is regarded as the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Russian maestro's birth on 27 March 2012, Decca have collated all the recordings he made for Decca and Philips into one stunning 5CD box set. A must not only for students of the cello, but also for all who appreciate exemplary musicianship.

The set includes all the recordings he made with the English composer Benjamin Britten - recordings of Britten's own works, all of which were dedicated to the cellist - alongside classic recordings of chamber music by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy and Britten's teacher, Frank Bridge.

Also included is
Read more Rostropovich's masterful 1964 recording of the then recently discovered Cello Concerto in C by Haydn, with Britten conducting, which Gramophone described as "perfect", praising the cellist for his "extreme poise".

From Philips comes the complete set of Beethoven's Cello Sonatas he made with his compatriot, pianist Sviatoslav Richter, hailed in Gramophone as "one of the greatest recordings of the 1960s".

Rostropovich, renowned for his backing for human rights and opposition to Soviet rule, spent much of his career abroad, in self-imposed exile over his support for Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In 1989 his impromptu performance during the fall of the Berlin Wall as events unfolded, earned him international fame and was reported throughout the world.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1968 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, H 125 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1917; England 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
4.
Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
6.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
12.
Suite for Cello solo no 1, Op. 72 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1968 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 24 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Suite for Cello solo no 2, Op. 80 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1968 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 23 Minutes 42 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 65 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 7 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761-1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821: 1. Allegro moderato
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821: 3. Allegretto
5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102: 1. Vanitas vanitatum (Mit Humor)
5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102: 2. Langsam
5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102: 3. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen
5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102: 4. Nicht zu rasch
5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102: 5. Stark und markiert
Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1: 1. Moderato
Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1: 2. Adagio
Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1: 3. Finale (Allegro molto)
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: 1. Canto primo (sostenuto e largamente)
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: Fuga: Andante moderato
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: Lamento: Lento rubato
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: 2. Canto secondo (Sostenuto)
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: Serenata: Allegretto: pizzicato
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: Marcia: Alla marcia moderato
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: 3. Canto terzo (Sostenuto)
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: Bordone: Moderato quasi recitativo
Suite for cello No.1, Op.72: Moto perpetuo e canto quarto: Presto
Suite for cello No.2, Op.80: Declamato: Largo
Suite for cello No.2, Op.80: Fuga: Andante
Suite for cello No.2, Op.80: Scherzo: Allegro molto
Suite for cello No.2, Op.80: Andante lento
Suite for cello No.2, Op.80: Ciaconna: Allegro
Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65: 1. Dialogo
Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65: 2. Scherzo - pizzicato
Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65: 3. Elegia
Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65: 4. Marcia
Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65: 5. Moto perpetuo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A gGREAT RELEASE February 2, 2012 By Roger F. (Brixham, Devon) See All My Reviews "All of the items in this release have been, and still are, available as single disc releases. There isn't a weakness anywhere. The partnership between Rostropovich and Britten was one of the most productive of the century, coming second only to that of Britten and his life partner, Peter Pears. And Richter! What can one say about him, except to wish that one could play a piano with as much musicianship and control. Some may find the second movement of the G minor sonata, Beethoven's op. 5/2 rather hard driven. Both players have their uncompromising personality. An interesting comparison is with Britten the accompanist in, for example, the Arpeggione Sonata, or the Debussy sonata, where both artists seem to merge as a single enterty. I could go on at length about the Haydn Cello Concerto no. 1, which had been recently discovered in 1964, or write about the Britten Cello music, especially composed for the great russian. Suffice that if you like cello music, and especially if you haven't any of these recordings, you won't be disappointed. It's a "must" for me, anyway!" Report Abuse
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