Rostropovich plays Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
Mstislav Rostropovich / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Moscow Philharmonic Orchestrta

Rostropovich plays Shostakovich

CD | Supraphon | 0099925410124 | SU 4101 | 02-14

About the album

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 1959in 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.

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 although the sound quality is not ‘2014′, the performance is head of it’s time. Brilliant!
02-04-2014 SU 4101 - Rostropovich plays Shostakovich - Mstislav Rostropovich / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Moscow Philharmonic Orchestrta - MusicFraes

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