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Rostropovich: In Memoriam - A Portrait [DVD] [2007]

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  • Format: AC-3, Black & White, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Castilian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000V9B7QG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The great Russian cellist performs with Karajan and Bernstein in Schumann's Cello Concerto, Strauss's Don Quixote and Bloch's Schelomo. Also included is a filmed portait of the artist, examining his life as a conductor, teacher and cellist, with interview footage and rare archive film.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rostropovich: in Memoriam - I like it! 5 Feb 2013
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I liked it in spite of the old recording. Considering that I enjoy it listening and watch Rostropovich playing, I have almost all recordings of this artist and specially this one, that include a documentary, worthwhile hear it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid memorial DVD 17 Jan 2008
By Michael Birman - Published on
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Released as a memorial for the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who passed away on 27 April 2007, this DVD contains one bonafide cello concerto, the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, and two tone poems with prominent cello parts, Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Richard Strauss' Don Quixote. Rostropovich mastered the Schumann in several famous recordings. Here, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, he provides a splendid performance. Featuring his trademark powerful technique, smooth legato and crisp vibrato, the Romantic roots of the concerto are never hidden for long, despite the relatively cool playing of the Orchestre National de France. Bernstein, sporting a natty beard, is especially reticent, preferring to allow Rostropovich to shine in this performance filmed in October 1976, shortly after he was exiled from Russia. The emotional evening results in a nearly 8 minute standing ovation from the glittering French audience. Bloch's Schelomo, a modernist piece due more to its inventive orchestration than to its mild dissonances, is given an extremely brilliant performance by an effusive Bernstein. Crisp and sonorous, this is one of the finest versions of this piece I've heard, comparing favorably to Yo-Yo Ma's fine recording for Sony. This concert, also featuring the Orchestre National de France, was filmed in November 1976.

Finally, the January 1975 performance of Don Quixote, filmed soon after Rostropovich's April 1974 exile, is conducted by Herbert von Karajan. He leads the Berlin Philharmonic in a performance that can be compared to a toupe made of silk: perfect, smooth and without a strand that's out of place. Every detail of this massive score is crystalline in its clarity, the orchestra's tone is burnished and warm. This is Karajan at his peak and it is not to be missed! Rostropovich serves more of an obligato role here, and he fulfills it splendidly.

The film and sound quality are good, though the Bernstein performance of the Schumann is marred by some brief video fuzziness from one of the cameras. It is only intermittant, however, and that camera is only used for a minute or two. The rest of the video is quite clear. I saw no evidence of bad video quality as mentioned in another review, unless the reviewer meant the slight graininess typical of a 30 year old film. That cannot be helped. In any case, the film quality is fine for its age. The sound for both of the Bernstein recordings is clear and full. For the Karajan Don Quixote, both picture and sound are near perfect, with no imperfections (conspiracy theorists take note). A thirty minute biography containing interviews of Rostropovich and others, rounding out the 131 minute DVD, serves as a very moving hommage. It includes film of his last rehearsal in Moscow and an interview recorded shortly before his death.

This is a superb DVD. Fans of Slava, of great cello playing or of either of the two conductors, will want to add this disc to their collections. A fitting tribute to a great musician and a very courageous man. Most strongly recommended.

Mike Birman
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant performances, poor DVD picture quality 23 Jan 2008
By Ric - Published on
In brief, these are fabulous powerful performances-particularly the Bloch. However the DVD is of very poor quality. Especially noticeable and distracting in the Schumann are muddy colors and breakup. I also own the Japanese DVDs of these recordings & there are no such problems there. Obviously the original masters are excellent. However, for this American release the technicians were slopppy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remembering Rostropovich 12 Mar 2008
By Paul S. Rottenberg - Published on
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The outstanding performance here is the passionate "Schlomo" by Bloch. The Schumann is fine, but perhaps a bit too objective. The R. Strauss is excellent, and the sound is better than on the cd (EMI)with Karajan. The extra documentary is nice but seems somewhat underdeveloped as if it was a rush job. I'm sure there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of minutes of additional material which could have been included, or perhaps another complete performance or rehearsal could have been included. For example, we could have learned more about the great cellest's relationship with his other great contemporaies, such as Richter, Oistrach, and Shostakovich, for starters. But, I suppose we should be greatful for what we have here. Picture quality is somewhat variable in the two pieces conducted by Bernstein (with Artur Rubinstein in the audience!), but better in the R. Strauss. The documentary is generally good visually. Sound is excellent throughout.
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