Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Schumann, Et Al

Release Date: 10/17/2000
Catalog Number: EMI 72294
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.
"The Russian Years" is aptly named as it is a compilation of rare recordings that, for one reason or another, are connected to Rostropovich's experiences in the former Soviet Union. The Beethoven Triple Concerto recording has become famous because its performance and recording almost didn't transpire due to politics: Rostropovich was a well-known supporter of writer and dissident Solzhenitsyn, something that aroused the ire of the KGB. Musically speaking, this album is about as "Russian" a recording as you can find, not only in the style of playing, but in the collaborations with the USSR State Symphony and with great Russian artists Oistrakh, Richter, Yampolsky and Rozhdestvensky.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto": 1st movement, Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1804 ; Vienna, Austria
2. 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
3. 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
4. Mavra: Oh, my dearest one "Parasha's Song" by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921-1922 ; France
5. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 11 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer: Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1894 ; Russia
6. 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
7. From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
8. Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9: no 2, An einsamer Quelle by Richard Strauss
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882-1884 ; Germany
9. Suite for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 10 "In alten Stil": Presto by Christian Sinding
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Norway
10. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
11. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer: Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905 ; France
12. Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1882 ; France
13. Elfentanz, Op. 39 by David Popper
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
14. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Cinderella, Op. 87: Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Alexei Zybtsev (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940-1944 ; USSR
16. Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a: March by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Alexei Zybtsev (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919/1924 ; USA
17. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13: 3rd movement, Larghetto by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1750 ; London, England
18. Elegy by Yuri Shaporin
Performer: Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
19. Pieces (5) for Cello and Piano, Op. 25: no 5, Scherzo by Yuri Shaporin
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Aza Amintayeva (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
20. Le baiser de la fée: Pas de deux by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928/1950 ; France
21. 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
22. I see you by Yuri Shaporin
Performer: Vladimir Yampolsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
23. Adagio for Cello and Piano from Cinderella, Op. 97a by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USSR
24. Cinderella, Op. 87: Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexei Zybtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940-1944 ; USSR
25. Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a: March by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Alexei Zybtsev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919/1924 ; USA
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