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Great Works for Cello & Orchestra / Rostropovich


Release Date: 12/06/1994 
Label:  Dg Double Catalog #: 437952   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiGiuseppe TartiniLuigi BoccheriniPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Conductor:  Paul SacherHerbert von KarajanMstislav RostropovichSeiji Ozawa,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Collegium MusicumBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraBoston Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The art of the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich is admirably encapsulated in a collection called "Masterpieces for Cello". It includes larger-than-life performances of concertos by Vivaldi (RV398 and 413), Boccherini and Tartini, which are gloriously unauthentic in every sense of the word; these composers would surely have been amazed, and delighted, to hear cello playing so full of personality and tonal body. Paul Sacher and the Zurich Collegium Musicum provide strong accompaniments. Then follows the delightful Rococo Variations of Tchaikovsky. Here we can forgive the soloist for not choosing the composer's original score, when he plays the 'normal' performing version with such winning charm and infinite subtlety. He is Read more accompanied with great flair by Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Rostropovich then indulges himself (and us) in an arrangement for cello and orchestra of Tchaikovsky's Andante cantabile. On the second CD we have Glazunov's charming Chant du ménéstrel and Shostakovich's very different Second Cello Concerto (Rostropovich is the dedicatee). Finally, we are given the "Three Meditations" from Bernstein's Mass conducted by the composer. A very worthwhile compilation, excellently recorded throughout.

– Gramophone [10/1994]

Many of these recordings have already achieved hallowed status... Obviously no set celebrating Rostropovich’s art could omit his legendary Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations... Equally the Shostakovich Second with Ozawa shows extraordinary insight into the musical invention...

– Joane Talbot, BBC Music Magazine, reviewing these recordings previously reissued as part of DG 4776579 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello in C major, RV 398 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Collegium Musicum
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for Cello in G major, RV 413 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Collegium Musicum
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for Cello in A major by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Collegium Musicum
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
4. Concerto for Cello in D major, G 479 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Sacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Collegium Musicum
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1771 
5. 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 
6. Andante cantabile for Cello and Strings, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1886-88; Russia 
7. Chant du ménéstrel, Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1900 
8. Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 
9. Mass: Meditations (3) by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto In C Major, RV 398: 1. Allegro
Cello Concerto In C Major, RV 398: 2. Largo
Cello Concerto In C Major, RV 398: 3. Allegro
Cello Concerto In G, R.413: 1. Allegro
Cello Concerto In G, R.413: 2. Largo
Cello Concerto In G, R.413: 3. Allegro
Cello Concerto In A Major: 1. Allegro
Cello Concerto In A Major: 2. Larghetto
Cello Concerto In A Major: 3. Allegro assai
Cello Concerto Nr. 2 in D major: 1. Allegro
Cello Concerto Nr. 2 in D major: 2. Adagio
Cello Concerto Nr. 2 in D major: 3. Allegro
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
String Quartet No.1 In D, Op.11 - Orchestral Version: 2. Andante cantabile
Chant du Ménestrel op.71
Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126: 1. Largo
Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126: 2. Allegretto
Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126: 3. Allegretto
Three Meditations From "Mass": 1. Lento assai, molto sostenuto
Three Meditations From "Mass": 2. Andante sostenuto - Var. I-IV - Coda
Three Meditations From "Mass": 3. Presto - Fast And Primitive - Molto adagio

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