Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Prokofiev, Taneiev, Et Al

Release Date: 10/17/2000
Catalog Number: EMI 72296
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
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 volume of "The Russian Years" series is notable for its inclusion of works that hold a special connection with the musical elite of Soviet Russia and its star cellist. Prokofiev's collaboration with Rostropovich is well documented, and the present recording of works dedicated to the performer is of considerable historical significance. Of special importance is the presence of the Symphony Concertante, Op. 125. Recorded in 1970, this is perhaps the definitive reading of the opus and very impressive playing indeed. Other works, by Glazunov, Taneyev, and Miaskovsky help make this album a truly necessary addition to the collection of the student of Russian music and performance style.
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. Canzona for Clarinet and Strings in F minor by Sergei Taneyev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Russia
3. Concerto ballata for Cello and Orchestra in C major, Op. 108 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1931 ; USSR
4. Concertino for Cello in G minor, Op. 132 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USSR
5. Concerto for Cello, Op. 66 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ; USSR
6. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: 1st movement, Andante by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Israil Gusman
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
7. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: 2nd movement, Allegro giusto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
8. Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: 3rd movement, Andante con moto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
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