Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Knipper, Vainberg, Et Al

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Catalog Number: EMI 72298
Number of Discs: 2

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Mstislav Rostropovich is one of the greatest cellists of the twentieth century. From his debut in Moscow in 1942 through numerous world tours, Rostropovich set a high standard of playing, both in terms of accuracy and bravado. A versatile genius, he was also a formidable pianist and conductor who enjoyed a distinguished tenure with the National Symphony Orchestra. He subsequently appeared as guest conductor with many major orchestras, notably the Vienna Philharmonic. It is as a cellist, however, that he will always be best remembered.
This disc of concertos from the mid 1960s is a noteworthy part of "The Russian Years" series in that all the works featured were expressly composed for Rostropovich by composers directly or indirectly influenced by Russians. The music of the "newer generation," however, is not derivative. Rather, it is a refreshing and fascinating musical odyssey every bit as important as the experience of listening to Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Worthy of special mention is the concerto of Yuzo Toyama, with its peculiar Japanese texture. The work has a decidedly "folk" feel and Rostropovich handles it, as he does all the works on the "Russian" series, with aplomb.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto da càmera for Cello by Fernando Lopez-Graça
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; Germany
2. Concertino-monologue for Cello, Winds and Timpani in C major by Lev Knipper
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964 ; USSR
3. Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra by Aram Khachaturian
Performer: Aza Amintayeva (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963 ; USSR
4. Concerto for Cello by Yuzo Toyama
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Yuzo Toyama
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1966-1967 ; Japan
5. Concerto for Cello no 1, Op. 23 by Boris Tishchenko
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Igor Blazhkov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Instrumental Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963 ; USSR
6. Concerto for Cello, Op. 43 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948/1956 ; USSR
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