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Rostropovich plays Shostakovich

Rostropovich plays Shostakovich


Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

recorded live at the Prague Spring International Music Festival at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague, on May 29, 1960

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126

recorded live at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague, on December 11th, 1967

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeni Svetlanov

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

recorded at the Moscow Radio House, 1959

with Dmitri Shostakovich (piano)

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

recorded live at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire on October 6, 1959

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Aleksandr Gauk


Rostropovich previously unknown and unreleased – unique recordings of Shostakovich’s concertos.

Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the greatest 20th-century cellists, studied composition with Dmitri Shostakovich. Their mutual respect soon grew into a close friendship and in 1959 Shostakovich dedicated his Cello Concerto No. 1 to Rostropovich, thus making the cellist’s long-time wish come true. Rostropovich learned the piece within a mere four days and duly played it by heart to the astonished composer.

Two days after the premiere (4 October 1959 in Leningrad), Rostropovich performed the work in Moscow to an enthusiastic audience response. Our CD contains this version, the concerto’s oldest known recording. In 1960, the celebrated cellist and the Czech Philharmonic, under Kirill Kondrashin, presented the piece at the Prague Spring festival.

Back in 1959, Rostropovich and Shostakovich recorded for Moscow Radio the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, written by Shostakovich when he was twenty-eight years of age. The recording is a precious example of Shostakovich’s continuing piano skills at the time when he no longer gave public performances. The fruitful collaboration between the two artists and friends culminated seven years later in Cello Concerto No. 2, which was premiered by Rostropovich in Moscow on the day of Shostakovich’s 60th birthday. A Prague audience first heard the piece about a year later.

These Supraphon discs feature the CD debut of the two Prague recordings.

“A double-whammy of cello works here - not one but two recordings of the Concerto No. 1, plus a powerful rendition of No. 2, all performed by perhaps the greatest cellist of the 20th Century - Mstislav Rostropovich, to whom both concerti were dedicated. Shostakovich himself appears on the disc accompanying Rostropovich in the D minor Sonata - it's a unique record of four historic performances” David Smith, Presto Classical, May 2014

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Supraphon Archiv - SU41012

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Beethoven: String Trios

Beethoven: String Trios

Recorded live at the concert of the 15th Prague Spring International Music Festival at the Rudolfinum, June 2, 1960


Beethoven:

String Trio in G major, Op. 9 No. 1

String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3

String Trio in E flat major, Op. 3


This CD, the latest title within the acclaimed Russian Masters series, presents three towering Russian musicians. At a superb 1960 Prague Spring festival concert, Kogan, Barshai and Rostropovich performed together three of Beethoven’s four string trios. These pieces are seldom played in combination since they require from the musicians a rare combination of virtuosity and humility, as well as mutual respect between the chamber players.

There is no doubt as to the sheer virtuosity of these musicians; at their previous concerts at that year’s Prague Spring all three of them had presented themselves as superlative soloists (at the festival, Rostropovich also performed in Czech premiere Shostakovich’s first cello concerto). Leonid Kogan – one of the most distinguished representatives of the Russian violin school; the violist Rudolf Barshai – co-founder of the celebrated Borodin Quartet and later on a renowned conductor; Mstislav Rostropovich – simply a phenomenal cellist... Three soloists whose encounter on a single stage was a veritable feast for chamber-music lovers and one of the apices of the Prague Spring. Now, half a century later, you too can savour this remarkable concert.

Three legends on one stage – a precious encounter you can again enjoy, half a century on!

“And there's freedom aplenty in these vigorous, highly charged performances...These are strong-jawed readings with a great sense of purpose...Another asset to this set is the violinist himself, Leonid Kogan, whose tone is searing in its intensity...this new release captures a compelling moment in history: it must have been some evening!” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

GGramophone Awards 2011

Finalist - Historic

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Supraphon Archiv - SU40522

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Recorded live at the concerts of the 10th Prague Spring International Music Festival at the Rudolfinum, May 26– 27, 1955


Today, Bach’s suites form part of the repertoire of every distinguished cellist, and many of them have recorded the complete cycle.

Yet when sixty years ago the twenty-four-year-old Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007) first performed all the suites in public, it was a trailblazing act, linking up to the previous endeavour of Pablo Casals. When this live recording was made in 1955 at the Prague Spring festival, Rostropovich was 28 years of age.

He astounded the audience with his youthful verve and surprising artistic maturity. At the festival Rostropovich met his lifelong love, Galina Vishnevskaya, whom upon returning to Moscow he married after several days of acquaintance.

When in 1991 the cellist made a complete recording of the Bach suites in France, he was 64. Hence, all the more precious is this live recording from the Czech Radio archives, which waited more than half a century for its release. As a lover and connoisseur of wine, Rostropovich would certainly agree that some wines – and some recordings too – acquire a richer taste and a higher value over time. A sensational, newly discovered 1955 Rostropovich recording of the Bach suites.

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Historic

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Supraphon Archiv - SU40442

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Talich Special Edition 17

Talich Special Edition 17


 

Václav Talich speaking, recordings of parts of rehearsal – Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Symphony No. 9

bonus

Blodek:

In the Well (V studni) – Overture

Dvorak:

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Janacek:

The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite

(arr. V. Talich)

Kovarovic:

Miners' Polka

Smetana:

Má Vlast

(part of the 1929 recording: Vyšehrad, Vltava, Šárka)

Libuse Overture

Nasim devám, polka for orchestra in D major

The Prague Carnival - Introduction & Polonaise

The Two Widows – Recitative and Aria of Anežka, Act II

Suk:

A Fairy Tale, Op. 16

(The Game of the Swans and the Peacocks)


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Talich Special Edition 5

Talich Special Edition 5


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Frantisek Maxian

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Mstislav Rostropovich


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