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Beethoven: String Trios / Leonid Kogan, Rudolf Barshai, Mstislav Rostropovich

Kogan / Beethoven / Barshai / Rostropovich
Release Date: 05/24/2011 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4052   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav RostropovichLeonid KoganRudolf Barshai
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD, the latest title within the acclaimed Russian Masters series, presents three towering Russian musicians. At a superb 1960 Prague Spring festival concert, Kogan, Barshai and Rostropovich performed together three of Beethoven’s four string trios. These pieces are seldom played in combination since they require from the musicians a rare combination of virtuosity and humility, as well as mutual respect between the chamber players. There is no doubt as to the sheer virtuosity of these musicians; at their previous concerts at that year’s Prague Spring all three of them had presented themselves as superlative soloists (at the festival, Rostropovich also performed in Czech premiere Shostakovich’s first cello concerto). Leonid Kogan - one Read more of the most distinguished representatives of the Russian violin school; the violist Rudolf Barshai - co-founder of the celebrated Borodin Quartet and later on a renowned conductor; Mstislav Rostropovich - simply a phenomenal cellist... Three soloists whose encounter on a single stage was a veritable feast for chamber-music lovers and one of the apices of the Prague Spring. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 3 in G major, Op. 9 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Leonid Kogan (Violin), Rudolf Barshai (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Live Prague Spring Festival 
2.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 5 in C minor, Op. 9 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Barshai (Viola), Leonid Kogan (Violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Live Prague Spring Festival 
3.
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Leonid Kogan (Violin), Rudolf Barshai (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Live Prague Spring Festival 

Sound Samples

Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in G major, Op. 9, No. 1, I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in G major, Op. 9, No. 1, II. Adagio, ma non tanto, e cantabile
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in G major, Op. 9, No. 1, III. Scherzo. Allegro
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in G major, Op. 9, No. 1, IV. Presto
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in C minor, Op.9, No. 3, I. Allegro con spirito
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in C minor, Op.9, No. 3, II. Adagio con espressione
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in C minor, Op.9, No. 3, III. Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in C minor, Op.9, No. 3, IV. Finale. Presto
Trio for Violin, Viola and Celllo in E flat major, Op. 3, I. Allegro con brio
Trio for Violin, Viola and Celllo in E flat major, Op. 3, II. Andante
Trio for Violin, Viola and Celllo in E flat major, Op. 3, III. Menuetto. Allegretto
Trio for Violin, Viola and Celllo in E flat major, Op. 3, IV. Adagio
Trio for Violin, Viola and Celllo in E flat major, Op. 3, V. Menuetto. Moderato
Trio for Violin, Viola and Celllo in E flat major, Op. 3, VI. Finale. Allegro

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