Russian Years - Shostakovich, Et Al / Rostropovich, Et Al

Release Date: 12/9/2009
Catalog Number: EMI 72295
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Shostakovich's Second Concerto, given on September 25th, 1967 under Evgeni Svetlanov (on the occasion of the composer's sixty-first birthday)...[is] magnificent (no rival version makes quite as much of the last movement's vicious brass fanfares)... The Shostakovich concertos disc couples the Second Concerto mentioned above with a forthright 1961 account of the First (under Rozhdestvensky) — impressive as ever... Disc II is of considerable historic importance in that sonatas by Shostakovich (Op. 40), Kabalevsky (Op. 71) and Karen Khachaturian (1966) are each accompanied by the composers themselves...

-- Gramophone [5/1997, reviewing 72016]

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Kabalevsky accompanies Rostropovich in his B flat sonata in a world premiere performance made before the work’s final revision and publication. Then Karen Khachaturian appears, to lend his support in his own Sonata. This is a selection so self-recommending it hardly needs stating... New music, canonic repertory, multifaceted; a force - spiritual, musical, human - for good, Rostropovich is here captured in some of his many guises. A review such as this can only hope to suggest a small fraction of the rewards to be encountered, but it should also alert us all to the debt owed this indefatigable and remarkable man, whose playing so graced and profoundly illuminated the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International [reviewing the box set of Rostropovich's complete EMI recordings of which this set is a part]
Works on This Recording
1. 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
2. Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor: Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1966 ; USSR
3. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Dmitri Shostakovich (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; USSR
4. Sonata for Cello and Piano by Karen Khachaturian
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Karen Khachaturian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
5. Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat major, Op. 71 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer: Dmitri Kabalevsky (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968 ; USSR
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