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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C
>     1. Moderato
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D
>     3. Rondo
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : 12 Variations in F on 'Ein Madchen oder Weibchen', Op. 66
>     (Opening)
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
>     3. Vivace non troppo
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello no 2 in F, Op. 99
>     4. Allegro molto
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104
>     1. Allegro
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>     3. Sehr lebhaft
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations on a Roccoco Theme, Op. 33
>     Introduction - Theme - Variations 1, 2 & 3
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>     1. Allegro non troppo
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote
>     (Extract)
>Britten, Benjamin : Cello Symphony, Op. 68
>     4. Passacaglia
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat, Op. 107
>     1. Allegretto
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello in D minor, Op. 40
>     4. Allegro
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : The Canticle of the Sun
>     (Extract)
>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Love for Three Oranges
>     March
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>     Clair de lune
>Popper, David : Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella
>     Waltz-Coda
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 125
>     2. Allegro giusto

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : 12 Variations in F on 'Ein Madchen oder Weibchen', Op. 66
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello no 2 in F, Op. 99
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations on a Roccoco Theme, Op. 33
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote
>Britten, Benjamin : Cello Symphony, Op. 68
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat, Op. 107
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello in D minor, Op. 40
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : The Canticle of the Sun
>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Love for Three Oranges
>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Popper, David : Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 125
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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Notes: Basilique Sainte-Madeleine, Vézelay, Yonne, France (03/09/1991-03/26/1991)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C :: 1. Moderato
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (11/15/1975-11/16/1975)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1765

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 2 in D :: 3. Rondo
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (11/15/1975-11/16/1975)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1783

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : 12 Variations in F on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen', Op. 66 :: (Opening)
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Vasso Devetzi (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (07/16/1974-07/17/1974)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" :: 3. Vivace non troppo
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); David Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
  • Notes: Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio (05/12/1969-05/13/1969)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello no 2 in F, Op. 99 :: 4. Allegro molto
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/29/1977-05/01/1977)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 :: 3. Sehr lebhaft
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (11/11/1976-11/12/1976)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1850

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations on a Roccoco Theme, Op. 33 :: Introduction - Theme - Variations 1, 2 & 3
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 :: 1. Allegro non troppo
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (04/29/1977-05/01/1977)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1872

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Strauss, Richard : Don Quixote :: (Extract)
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Ulrich Koch (Viola)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/03/1975-01/08/1975)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Britten, Benjamin : Cello Symphony, Op. 68 :: 4. Passacaglia
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Notes: Composition written: 1963.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1963
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat, Op. 107 :: 1. Allegretto
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1959.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello in D minor, Op. 40 :: 4. Allegro
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Dmitry Shostakovich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : The Canticle of the Sun :: (Extract)
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Simon Carrington (Percussion); Neil Percy (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Ryusuke Numajiri
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1997

>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Love for Three Oranges :: March
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Alexey Zybtsev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque :: Clair de lune
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Popper, David : Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella :: Waltz-Coda
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Alexander Dedyukhin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 125 :: 2. Allegro giusto
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1952