Tribute to Gregor Piatigorsky: Works by Brahms, Saint-Saens & Bloch / Reiner, Munch, RCA Victor Symphony, BSO

Release Date: 6/9/2017
Catalog Number: PGA 250368
Number of Discs: 1

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At only 18 years old, Gregor Piatigorsky traveled from the USSR to Germany. He studied with Becker and Klengel and found employment playing in a trio in a Russian cafe in Berlin. The cafe was frequented by Feuermann and Furtwängler, who hired him as principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He kept that post until 1929, when at 26 years old he decided to pursue a career as a traveling concert artist. When Richard Strauss heard him, he said, ''I have finally heard my Don Quixote as I thought him to be.'' That same year he made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stowkowski, and the New York Philharmonic with Mengelberg. He loved the United States, and became a citizen in 1942. This tribute program from Praga features Piatigorsky in works by Brahms, Saint-Saëns and Bloch led by legendary maestros Fritz Reiner and Charles Münch.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Austria
2. Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Austria
3. Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; France
4. Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky (Cello)
Conductor: Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1916 ; USA
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