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Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations.
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations. (Deutsche Grammophon 480 6569)
SKU: 16225
AU $8.95

Label: Deutsche Grammophon Cat. No.: 480 6569 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

Each of the works on this disc is associated with a notable cellist who made a career in Russia: the Rococo Variations with the German player Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1843-90), the Andante cantabile with Anatoly Brandukov (1859-1930), the Chant du Menestrel with the Polish player Alexander Wierzbilowicz (1849-1911) and the Shostakovich Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007) - whose genius as an interpreter knits the whole program together. The main wok on this recording is Shostakovich's Second Concerto - a work on which Rostropovich and the composer collaborated. While the cellist's recording with Herbert von Karajan is vastly popular, this CD includes Rostropovich's preferred recording of the work, taped in 1960 with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. For this alone, this CD is well worth the purchase. Tully Potter provides the insightful liner notes.

'Rostropovich plays with beautifully controlled feeling ... Ozawa provides a most sympathetic and well-disciplined accompaniment and draws finely expressive playing from all departments of the orchestra. [...] Glazunov's Chant du Menestrel ... will give unalloyed pleasure. The recording is excellently balanced, both in terms of the overall perspective as well as the relationship between the various elements of the orchestra ... most is made of the spacious and warm acoustic. This, then, is a most truthful recording of a most distinguished performance' (Shostakovich, Glazunov) Gramophone (November 1976)

'charismatic accompaniments by the splendid Leningrad Philharmonic under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Rostropovich is nothing if not a larger-than-life cellist ... The sound is excellent' Gramophone (March 1988)

Artists: Mstislav Rostropovich [cello].
Composers: Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov.
Conductors: Siji Ozawa, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.
Orchestras: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker.
Tracks: DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 126
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Andante cantabile, Op. posth.
Berliner Philharmoniker

Chant du Menestrel, Op. 71
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 16225
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog #: 480 6569
Price: AU $8.95   

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