Mstislav Rostropovich

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Mstislav Rostropovich

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Mstislav Rostropovich


Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101)

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 1 July 1965

London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 25 August 1964

Harry Danks (viola) & Hugh Maguire (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent



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A rarity from the British Library Sound Archive - Mstislav Rostropovich in a dramatic live account of Richard Strauss's Don Quixote given during an early visit to the London Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 1964.

Rostropovich only recorded the work eleven years later in 1975 in a studio version.

Haydn's Cello Concerto in D from 1965 follows on Rostropovich's account of the earlier Concerto in C (BBCL 4198-2) which was given excellent reviews at the time of it's release.

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35, TrV 184


Theme: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

Variation 1: Das Abenteur mit den Windmuhlen

Variation 2: Der Kampf gegen die Hammelherde

Variation 3: Gesprache zwischen Ritter und Knappe

Variation 4: Das Abenteur mit der Prozession von Bussern

Variation 5: Don Quixotes Wacht in der Sommernacht

Variation 6: Die verzauberte Dulzinea

Variation 7: Der Ritt durch die Luft

Variation 8: Die Fahrt auf dem verzauberten Nachen [Barcarolle]

Variation 9: Der Kampf gegen die vermeintlichen Zauberer: der Angriff auf die Monche

Variation 10: Zweikampf mit dem Ritter vom blanken Monde; Heimkehr des geschlagenen Don Quixote

Finale: Don Quixotes Tod

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIIb:2

I. Allegro moderato

II. Adagio

III. Rondo: Allegro

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“This BBC Legends issue celebrates the playing of Mstislav Rostropovich relatively early in his career. The disc also provides a welcome reminder that, at a time when his reputation has rather fallen back, Malcolm Sargent always produced his best performances at the Proms and that he was always at his best in late Romantic music such as that of Strauss.
Rostropovich's playing is masterly, dominating each performance with its magnetism as well as its resonance. Harry Danks, principal viola in the BBC SO for many years, makes a colourful character out of the faithful Sancho Panza, bringing out the wit of the writing even if his tone is no match for the resonant cello of the principal soloist. Each of the 10 variations is presented in clean separation, with the orchestral players relishing the often spectacular orchestral effects, like the imitation of the bleating of sheep in the second variation, the brilliant percussion-writing in the 'Ride through the Air' and the powerful brass and ominous timpani beats in 'Defeat of Don Quixote'.
That leads up to the most glorious playing of all from Rostropovich in the long epilogue marking the Don's death. He uses a very free vibrato, and yet in the close of his solo his pianissimo is breathtaking. For radio recordings of the mid-1960s the sound is excellent and Tully Potter's notes are exemplary.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2008

“Rostropovich's playing is masterly, dominating each performance with its magnetism as well as its resonance.”

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