FanFaire celebrates...
                             MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH: GREAT MUSICIAN, GREAT MAN
FAREWELL THE MAN HONORS PREMIERES DISCS EARLY RECORDINGS SLAVA & FRIENDS VIEWER TRIBUTES
THE EARLY RECORDINGS

A FanFaire-UMG/DEUTSCHE GRAMOPHONE CD Giveaway
in Remembrance of the Legend that was
ROSTROPOVICH

In celebration of Maestro Rostropovich's 80th birthday (on March 27, 2007), record labels released albums that recall the highlights and milestones in the musical life of this giant of classical music. As it turned out, when he passed away a month to the day after his birthday, these albums have become a fitting memorial as well.

This double album by Deutsche Gramophone is among these special issues. A remembrance of his early days, it is a compilation of his early recordings from the 1950s, including on Disc 1 Saint-Saens' and Schumann's cello concertos with which he is intimately associated and, on Disc 2, some of his favorite shorter cello pieces - smaller gems than the grand concertos, but, as you will hear, gems nonetheless. Some of them are heard on CD for the first time.

 

These are not the famous recordings those who have followed the great cellist's career know best: the orchestral pieces, for example, are played with Russian orchestras led by conductors that are less than household names, performed when he was barely known outside his native land.  Yet, perceptibly, these performances were among the sparks that ignited one of the most brilliant careers in the history of classical music.  The richness of tone, the technical mastery, and most of all, the love of music and the boundless enthusiasm that infused his playing - they all shine through these early recordings.

The Saint-Saens concerto had a special meaning for him. He learned it under the tutelage of his father Leopold who was a well-known cellist and teacher in his time, and it was the vehicle for his orchestral debut at age 13. And there is enjoyment to be had from comparing the youthful Schumann concerto in this album with the legendary recording of his mature years (e.g., with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the Leningrad Philharmonic).

As to the selections on the second disc some of which are sampled here, these are shorter pieces that Rostropovich loved. The works by Chopin, Schumann and Popper which were composed for the cello, while the rest are arrangements. The clip from the piece by Chopin was selected to highlight the fact that Chopin composed not only for the piano as most us are inclined to believe.  In much the same way, Richard Strauss' plaintive piece tells us that this 20th century master of orchestration also composed, aside from Lieder, other shorter pieces (for solo instrument)

The clip from Borodin's Prince Igor is excerpted here because it is an interesting juxtaposition of two themes from the opera (the Chorus of the Polovtsian Maidens and the Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens) and as a reminder of both the cellist's Russian origins and his recital and concert performances with his wife, the famed opera singer, soprano Galina Vishnevskaya.

Finally, the piece by Paganini is a veritable study in perpetual motion, originally for the violin of course, but adapted in this case for the cello, and his performance of which Rostropovich had a particularly vivid recollection: "The Moto perpetuo of Paganini has the Devil's difficulties on cello.  I played it five times, beginning to end. One time I played phenomenally and I was so happy - then I missed the last note." As you will hear from the last bars of the piece excerpted here, this was definitely NOT the recording of the "missed last note."   Indeed, every note in these recordings of the promising, young Rostropovich bears the mark of the legend that music lovers all over the world came to know and love.

Disc 1  

a) Saint-Saens:Cello Concerto No. 1 (Tr 1) 1953
    with the Symphony Orchesta of the All-Union Radio, Grigory Stolyarov- conductor

b) Schumann:Cello Concerto (Tr 4) 1954
    with the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonic, Samuel Samosud - conductor

c) Glazunov:Chant du Menestrel (Tr 7) 1954
    with the Moscow Youth Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin - conductor


Disc 2  

a) Chopin: Introduction and Polonnaise Brilliante (Tr 1)

b) Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas 1954
    with Alexander Dedyukin, piano

c) Borodin: Excerpts from Prince Igor (Tr 3) 1954
    Chorus of the Polovtsian Maidens - Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens
    with Walter Naum, piano

d) Prokokiev: Adagio from Cinderella 1954
    with Alexander Dedyukin, piano

e) Popper: Elfentanz op. 39 (unkown date of recording)
    with Alexander Dedyukin, piano

f) R. Strauss: En einsamer Quelle (Tr 6) 1954
   By the Brook - Près d'une source no. 2 from Stimmungsbilder op. 9

g) Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston, op. 102 1954
    Five Pieces in the Popular Style 
    with Vladimir Yampolsky, piano

h) Handel: Aria- "Vouchsafe, O Lord" 1954
    from the "Dettingen" Te Deum
    with Walter Naum, piano

i) Paganini: Moto Perpetuo (Tr 11)date of recording unknown

   with Vladimir Yampolsky, piano
BUY the CD!


back to TOP



EMAIL THIS PAGE!


  BUY the CD!

VIDEO
NEW RELEASES
PRESS ROOM
AUDIOFILES
FOOD & MUSIC
SITE MAP


FanFaire
welcomes submissions of
VIEWER TRIBUTES
in any language


If you have special memories of
MAESTRO ROSTROPOVICH
or if you simply wish to pay tribute
to the man and the artist...

CLICK HERE.




USA UK DE FR

Buy sheet music


Sign up:

EMAIL UPDATE
GIVEAWAY!

ARCHIVE of GIVEAWAYS




STORE

FAREWELL THE MAN HONORS PREMIERES DISCS EARLY RECORDINGS SLAVA & FRIENDS VIEWER TRIBUTES
 


HOME NEW RELEASES FOOD & MUSIC GIVEAWAY! VIDEO SITE MAP EMAIL UPDATE

Design and Original Content: FanFaire LLC 1997-2008. All rights reserved.