Mstislav Rostropovich in Moscow: Original Recordings

Release Date: 3/22/2019
Label: Profil
Catalog Number: PH18062
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007) is unquestionably one of the great personalities of the 20th century – as a cellist, as a pianist, as a conductor, but also as a politically active citizen, who made use of his international artistic renown to help dissidents or strengthen democracies. After it became known abroad that he had written to four Russian newspapers in defense of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, he found it harder to work in the Soviet Union and he and his wife, soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, were eventually stripped of their citizenship. Although rehabilitated by Gorbachev and awarded the highest order of merit by Putin, they declined the restoration of citizenship, preferring to remain stateless. The recordings compiled into this set were made when Rostropovich was already famous in the Soviet Union (Stalin Prize 1951, Lenin Prize 1961) but largely unknown in the West. They document the early career of Mstislav Rostropovich, which is of particular significance for the premieres of major works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Kabalevsky.
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USSR
2. Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Russia
3. Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1830 ; Poland
4. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Dmitri Shostakovich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; USSR
5. Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat major, Op. 71 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Dmitri Kabalevsky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968 ; USSR
6. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
7. Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959 ; USSR
8. Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Grigori Stolyarov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; France
9. Bachianas brasileiras no 1 for 8 Cellos: Prelúdio "Modinha" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; Brazil
10. Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 8, Tijuca by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920-1921 ; France
11. El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1915 ; Spain
12. Goyescas: Intermezzo by Enrique Granados
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914-1916 ; Spain
13. Le baiser de la fée: Pas de deux by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928/1950 ; France
14. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
15. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
16. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912-1915 ; Russia
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