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BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]

Audio Samples

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
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Notes & Reviews:

Considered one of the greatest cellists of the second half of the 20th century is the Russian musician and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich. Collected here in this 3-CD BBC special release are Rostropvich's greatest performances from the 1960s. Classical Source calls it, "a very valuable disc" and BBC Music Magazine raves these performances "display several dimensions of Mstislav Rostropovich's expressive range... ".

Chicago Tribune
These three CDs contain live broadcast performances the nonpareil Russian cellist gave with various British and Soviet orchestras in London during the 1960s, when he was at the height of his powers. With conductors such as Benjamin Britten, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Colin Davis lending firm support, the great Slava gathers this music in a bear hug of heroic, golden-toned commitment.



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Works Details

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: George Hurst
  • Running Time: 22 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1966.
  • Running Time: 33 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1966

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 17 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Notes: Composition written: 1850.
  • Running Time: 24 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1850

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 38 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1765.
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1765

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1872

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Running Time: 26 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919