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Mstislav Rostropovich

Known throughout the classical music world as Slava - the Russian diminutive meaning "glory" - Mstislav Rostropovich was not only a maestro but also a courageous defender of human rights. He remained loyal to the composers Prokofiev and Shostakovich, when they fell out of favour with the Soviet authorities, and went into exile from the Soviet Union in 1974 after his refusal to dissociate himself from the dissident novelist, Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Mstislav Rostropovich was regarded as the greatest cellist since Pablo Casals. He was born in 1927 in Baku, by the Caspian Sea, with music in his blood. His mother was a pianist and his father a cellist, pianist and composer. Young Mstislav's ability was evident by the age of five. But when the family moved to Moscow to nurture his talent, they were reduced to begging for a room. With help, they survived, and Rostropovich's musical education continued apace.

He was already composing before he was given some early instruction in conducting, when he accompanied his father to an orchestra rehearsal. But Rostropovich was not always a willing pupil. And when his father died, the pupil became a teacher and the family breadwinner. By now an accomplished pianist and cellist, he took over his father's orchestral and teaching commitments until he and his sister, a violinist, secured places at the Moscow Conservatoire.

There, Mstislav joined Class Number 35 and was taught composition by Dmitri Shostakovich, who became a life-long friend. He dedicated two cello concertos to Rostropovich. From 1956, Rostropovich was a frequent visitor to Britain and formed a bond with Benjamin Britten and the Aldeburgh Festival. On his first appearance there, he accompanied his wife, the acclaimed soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, on piano. But the highlight was when Rostropovich, with Britten at the piano, played the Cello Sonata which Britten had composed specially for him.

It was not just the genius of Rostropovich that earned him universal admiration, but his refusal to be cowed by the Soviet authorities. When Rostropovich demonstrated his support for the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, by allowing him to live in his dacha outside Moscow, his defiance proved too much for the authorities. He and his wife were prevented from working abroad and after they were allowed to leave, were shocked in 1978 to learn at their home in Paris that they had been deprived of their Soviet citizenship - two more victims of cultural repression.

But there was a warm welcome in the West, even if artistic merit was reinforced by political considerations. Rostropovich became permanent conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. He also performed with the London Philharmonic; and each time he arrived in Aldeburgh, went straight to the cemetery to hug Benjamin Britten's tomb. A bear hug was his normal greeting for his many friends.

He inspired composers to write dozens of major works for him and was himself inspired by events, playing JS Bach in the rubble of the Berlin Wall and rushing to help Boris Yeltsin resist the attempted coup in Moscow in 1991. For his outstanding services to British music, Rostropovich was given an honorary knighthood in 1987.

As a conductor and performer, Rostropovich was flamboyant and individualistic. The music of Tchaikovsky was well-suited to his energy. His emotional power also made his interpretations of Dvorak widely acclaimed. For Mstislav Rostropovich, the cello was an extension of the man.

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The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings

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Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

David Oistrakh (violin)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

David Oistrakh (violin)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

David Oistrakh (violin), Igor Oistrakh (violin), George Malcolm (harpsichord)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Beethoven:

Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40

David Oistrakh (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50

David Oistrakh (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Hilde Rossel Majdan (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Walter Berry (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Singing Club, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Kempff

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Wilhelm Kempff

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

David Oistrakh (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Emil Gilels (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Emil Gilels (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Emil Gilels (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Martha Argerich (piano)

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Martha Argerich (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Études (12), Op. 10

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Études (12), Op. 25

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

Martha Argerich (piano)

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Martha Argerich (piano)

Debussy:

La Mer

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces (selection)

Emil Gilels (piano)

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Martha Argerich (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Martha Argerich (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K238

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

Alfred Prinz (clarinet)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Werner Tripp (flute)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191

Dietmar Zeman (bassoon)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Die Zauberflöte, K620

Evelyn Lear (Pamina), Roberta Peters (Königin der Nacht), Fritz Wunderlich (Tamino), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Papageno), Franz Crass (Sarastro), Hans Hotter (Sprecher), Lisa Otto (Papagena), James King (Erste Geharnischter), Martti Talvela (Zweite Geharnischter), Hildegard Hillebrecht, Cvetka Ahlin, Sieglinde Wagner (Drei Damen), Antonia Fahberg, Rosl Schwaiger, Raili Kostia (Drei Knaben), Martin Vantin, Manfred Röhrl (Zwei Preister)

Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS-Kammerchor, Karl Böhm

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Martha Argerich (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Martha Argerich (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Ravel:

Boléro

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto in G major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Gaspard de la Nuit

Martha Argerich (piano)

Jeux d'eau

Martha Argerich (piano)

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Emil Gilels, Norbert Brainin, Peter Schidlof, Martin Lovett, Rainer Zepperitz

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

Amadeus Quartet

Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Die Forelle, D550

Frühlingsglaube, D686

Heidenröslein, D257

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Winterreise D911

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Don Juan, Op. 20

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Metamorphosen

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Vier letzte Lieder

Gundula Janowitz (soprano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

David Oistrakh (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Verdi:

Requiem

Maria Stader, Marianna Radev, Helmut Krebs, Kim Borg

RIAS Chamber Choir, St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde

Wolfgang Windgassen (Tristan), Birgit Nilsson (Isolde), Christa Ludwig (Brangäne), Martti Talvela (King Marke), Eberhard Waechter (Kurwenal), Claude Heater (Melot), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Hirt), Gerd Nienstedt (Steuermann), Peter Schreier (Seemann)

Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Karl Böhm


A 50 CD Originals Jackets Collection celebrating the 20th anniversary of THE ORIGINALS series, featuring the bestselling items from the series’ history and highlighting the key artists and recordings from DG’s LP era.

Key recordings such as Beethoven 5th and 7th by Kleiber, Mahler 5th by early Karajan, Dvořák Slavonic Dances by Kubelik, Schöne Müllerin by Wunderlich, Zauberflöte and Tristan und Isolde by Böhm, Dvorák Cello Concerto by Rostropovich, Pathétique by Kempff, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto by Mutter, Argerich’s Debut Recital and many more of the extensive ORIGINALS catalogue, rich of artistic singularity and of commercially strong impact up to this day.

Not only does the new box set showcase some well-known ORIGINALS items, but also adds TWO NEW ITEMS to the ORIGINALS catalogue, never released before within this series: Chopin Études opp.10 & 25 with Maurizio Pollini and Brahms Cello Sonatas Opp.38 & 99 with Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Serkin (also available separately within the series from September 2014 on).

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Brahms: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99


Available now individually for the first time at mid-price, the collaboration of these musical titans produced a benchmark recording that has never been out of the catalogue since its first release over 30 years ago.

“With playing of this calibre, with both artists wonderfully attuned to each other’s responses, every nuance tells and Brahms’s bold melodic lines soar out from the speakers (and the cello seems only just inside them) to capture the listener’s imagination, and provide an enthralling musical experience in each individual work.” Ivan March, Gramophone Magazine, September 1983

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Schubert: Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821, etc.

Debussy:

Cello Sonata

Schubert:

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Schumann:

Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102


Recorded: Kingsway Hall, London, July 1961 (Schumann & Debussy); Snape Maltings, July 1968 (Schubert)

“On every count this is a triumphant record ... it offers us Rostropovich's own superb playing ... admirably partnered by Britten (who shows himself an outstanding chamber music pianist by any standards)... a splendid performance of the Debussy Sonata ... technically too, the recording is impeccable ... The Schumann - a slight work which, in other hands, can be rather humdrum - gives us the opportunity of admiring the cellist's ravishing cantabile and his finesse of rubato and of tonal gradation... the Debussy is notable for its sensitivity, fluidity and fantasy, and for the remarkable rapport which evidently exists between these two artists: the finale in particular drew forth a spontaneous cry of "Bravo!" from me... "supremely beautiful playing from both cellist and pianist, with never a dead note in even the most incidental bit of figuration [Schubert] ... the engineering is superb: the sound is glorious, and so true to life that if you shut your eyes you can imagine the players in your own room.” Gramophone Magazine

“The classics version [of the Debussy] by Rostropovich and Britten has a clarity and point which suit the music perfectly. The recording is first class” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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