Mstislav Rostropovich + Bernstein + Violin MasterpiecesMstislav Rostropovich
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Mstislav Rostropovitch, The Complete Decca Recordings
To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Russian maestro’s birth on 27 March 2012, Decca have collated all the recordings he made for Decca and Philips into one stunning 5CD box set. A must not only for students of the cello, but also for all who appreciate exemplary musicianship.
The set includes all the recordings he made with the English composer Benjamin Britten – recordings of Britten’s own works, all of which were dedicated to the cellist – alongside classic recordings of chamber music by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy and Britten’s teacher, Frank Bridge.
Also included is Rostropovich’s masterful 1964 recording of the then recently discovered Cello Concerto in C by Haydn, with Britten conducting, which Gramophone described as “perfect”, praising the cellist for his “extreme poise”.
From Philips comes the complete set of Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas he made with his compatriot, pianist Sviatoslav Richter, hailed in Gramophone as “one of the greatest recordings of the 1960s”.
Rostropovich, renowned for his backing for human rights and opposition to Soviet rule, spent much of his career abroad, in self-imposed exile over his support for Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In 1989 his impromptu performance during the fall of the Berlin Wall as events unfolded, earned him international fame and was reported throughout the world.
A comprehensive selection of the great violin concertos and sonatas plus encore pieces. Famous violinists from the Decca and Philips catalogues in acclaimed recordings.
MOZART: Requiem, Mass In C Minor
Leading a distinguished team of soloists and chorus, and recorded in magnificent settings in Bavaria, Leonard Bernstein conducts Mozart’s two greatest sacred works “with the conviction he brings to all his work” (Gramophone). In addition there is a moving account of the beautiful motet Ave verum corpus and an exuberant Exsultate, jubilate, with the great Arleen Auger as soloist.
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