The Glory of Rostropovich

The Glory of Rostropovich
80th birthday tribute

Werke von / Works by
Bernstein · Boccherini · Brahms · Chopin
Dvorák · Glasunov · Messiaen
Prokofiev · Schubert · Schumann
Shostakovich · Tartini
Tchaikovsky · Vivaldi
Int. Release 01 Feb. 2007
8 CDs / Download
0289 477 6579 0
CD ADD / DDD 0289 477 6579 0 GB 8


Tracklisting

CD 1: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, G. 479

Arr. by M. Rostropovich

1.
6:45

2.
5:11

3.
4:50

Mstislav Rostropovich, Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum, Paul Sacher

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Cello Concerto in C Major, RV 398

4.
3:09

5.
2:52

6.
2:11

Mstislav Rostropovich, Alexandre Stein, Martin Derungs, Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum, Paul Sacher

Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770)
Cello Concerto in A Major

Arr. by M. Rostropovich

7.
4:41

8.
4:41

Arr. by M. Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich, Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum, Paul Sacher

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413

10.
3:42

11.
4:19

12.
2:58

Mstislav Rostropovich, Martin Derungs, Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum, Paul Sacher

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129

14.
5:03

15.
8:16

Mstislav Rostropovich, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:16:20

CD 2: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Antonín Dvo?ák (1841 - 1904)
Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B. 191

1.
15:42

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op.33, TH.57

Mstislav Rostropovich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

String Quartet No.1 In D Major, Op.11, TH.111

Orchestral Version

Mstislav Rostropovich, Members of Berliner Philharmoniker

Alexander Glazunov (1865 - 1936)
Mstislav Rostropovich, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:11:04

CD 3: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126

1.
13:56

2.
4:19

3.
14:55

Mstislav Rostropovich, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Symphony No.5 in D Minor, Op.47

4.
15:29

5.
5:36

6.
12:49

National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Mstislav Rostropovich

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:18:53

CD 4: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992)
Concert à quatre (1990-1991)

1.
6:32

2.
4:22

3.
4:54

4.
10:17

Catherine Cantin, Heinz Holliger, Yvonne Loriod, Mstislav Rostropovich, Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Myung Whun Chung

Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)
Three Meditations from "Mass"

Mstislav Rostropovich, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38

Mstislav Rostropovich, Rudolf Serkin

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:10:12

CD 5: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99

Mstislav Rostropovich, Rudolf Serkin

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Sonata In G Minor For Cello & Piano, Op.65

7.
3:43

Mstislav Rostropovich, Martha Argerich

Introduction and Polonaise, Op.3

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Adagio And Allegro In A Flat Major, Op. 70

arr. Friedrich Grützmacher

Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:16:04

CD 6: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

2.
14:50

4.
9:23

Mstislav Rostropovich, Emerson String Quartet

Gesamtspielzeit: 53:31

CD 7: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Swan Lake (Suite), Op.20a, TH 219

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

2.
6:49

Leon Spierer, Eberhard Finke, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

4.
6:22

Leon Spierer, Eberhard Finke, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Leon Spierer, Eberhard Finke, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a, TH 234

11.
4:25

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a, TH.35

13.
2:26

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:08:23

CD 8: Selected Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.1

2.
4:30

3.
1:41

4.
3:18

5.
3:23

6.
2:09

Romeo And Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2

12.
2:09

National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Mstislav Rostropovich

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:13:28

Rostropovich the musician is fittingly celebrated on an eight-CD birthday set from DG, for whom he has made many of his finest recordings. Cleverly chosen, it covers Rostropovich¿s achievements as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and conductor . . . the Dvorák concerto with Karajan is not only Slava¿s best version, but probably the finest ever recorded, the sound is wonderfully warm, with outstanding wind-playing from the Berlin Philharmonic . . .

Here are riches indeed: the cello and piano discs are perhaps my favourites in this set: the Brahms Cello Sonatas with Rudolf Serkin; and the Chopin Cello Sonata, Introduction and Polonaise brillante and Schumann Adagio and Allegro with Martha Argerich -- all are Desert Island material . . . This is a satisfying and generously filled set.

Many of these recordings have already achieved hallowed status. For example I cannot imagine a more exciting performance of the Chopin Sonata, sparkling with spontaneity, yet with a searing logic to each phrase that compellingly draws you through to the last note. Similarly in the Brahms sonatas, his combination of intellect, superb voicing, timbral imagination and sheer artistry is intoxication, nowhere better demonstrated than in the F major Adagio. The disc dedicated to Baroque concertos demonstrates eloquent vocalization of phrasing . . . the melodic line of Boccherini D major Concerto is simply mesmerising . . . no set celebrating Rostropovich's art could omit his legendary Tchaikovsky "Rococo Variations" or Dvorák's Cello Concerto with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Equally the Shostakovich Second with Ozawa shows extraordinary insight into the musical invention. However my star item from the whole set is the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Leningrad Philharmonic under Rozhdestvensky: here Rostropovich generates a natural impetus while bringing subtle nuance to the melancholic melodic lines. The effect is magnificent -- tortuously yearning yet in equal measure divinely beautiful.

[Shostakovic / Cello Concerto no. 2]: Dark beauty, nobility, depth of feeling: these are the major qualities in Rostropovich's Shostakovich . . .

. . . [Shostakovich / Cello Concerto no. 2]: Rostropovich's is unsurprisingly the most authoritative account . . . [this recording of the Second Concerto] constitutes a benchmark interpretation. Rostropovich considered it a profound composition, with the opening Largo being a fine example of the introspective brooding that was an intrinsic part of the composer's musical personality. The richness of tone in the cello's lower register at the beginning of the concerto is an unmistakable aural representation of Rostropovich's playing. Subtlety of phrasing, command of slides and trills, easily audible "pizzicati" and fully secure projection of the solo line are found throughout the performance. Ozawa accompanies attentively and the virtuosity of the Boston Symphony Orchestra ensures confident, secure playing from the horns and from the array of percussion instruments that are an important part of the music's texture. The recording is spacious and sonorous . . . sweetmeats of the "Andante cantabile" . . . outstanding cello playing.

Kaum ein Musiker hat die zweite Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts so stark geprägt wie der russische Cellist Mstislav Rostropowitsch, der Ende März seinen 80. Geburtstag feiert. Kaum ein anderer wurde -- mit Ausnahme von Pablo Casals -- so mit der Musik für sein Instrument identifiziert wie er . . . Rostropowitschs Geburtstagskassette bietet nicht nur einen großen Querschnitt durch das Konzert- und Sonatenrepertoire des Cellisten, sondern zeigt auch den Dirigenten, der in den letzten Jahrzehnten immer stärker in den Vordergrund getreten ist . . . Was ihn stets ausgezeichnet hat, war eine Noblesse der Tongebung und der äußerst kontrollierte Umgang mit Dramatik. Nichts war ihm ferner als künstliches, gesuchtes pseudo-dramatischen Auftrumpfen. Das ist in dieser Jubiläumsausgabe mit Aufnahmen, deren früheste aus dem Jahr 1960 stammt, in jedem einzelnen Werk und unverwechselbar zu hören, auch dort, wo "Slava", wie ihn seine Freunde nennen, am Dirigentenpult in Erscheinung tritt.

Als Mstislav Rostropovich am 27. April . . . starb, verlor die Musikwelt einen der letzten großen Charismatiker. Einen, der weit über die Bühnen und Schallplattenstudios hinaus Wirkung zeigte . . . unfassbar souverän meistert Rostropovich die irrwitzigen Schwierigkeiten . . . berührend, bewegend, begnadet. So wie Rostropovich selbst.

... una selección de verdadero lujo en la que se muestran las distintas facetas de este músico inimitable ... Un merecido homenaje a uno de los grandes del siglo XX.

... destacamos el concierto de Schumann con Rozhdestvensky en el podio y un cálido sonido añejo, insuperado en su conjunción de temperamento y elegancia.