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Erato & Teldec Reissues as a Tribute to Rostropovich,
This review is from: Mstislav Rostropovich Plays Cello Works (Audio CD)
This 9-CD Warner box set appeared in 2008 and was billed as a tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich, a giant of the cello, who had died a year earlier. The box brings together a large number of recordings made for the now effectively defunct Erato and Teldec labels (much-missed by me) made between 1969 and 1996. Throughout, the sound quality is very good to excellent and the playing superb. A small number of the works contained in the box remain available, either new or used, and I'll try and highlight these.
The first 2 CDs in the box were released by Teldec in 1993 and feature, on disc 1, mainly Baroque works from the likes of Tartini, Frescobaldi, Marcello, etc. Here the cello accompanies an organ. Generally quiet music. Vivaldi and CPE Bach are on CD 2.
CD 3 from 1987 features the Dvorak cello concerto and Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Rostropovich is backed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa.Dvorák - Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations is another release of this recording.
CD 4 from 1987 has Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto in E minor and Halffter's second cello concerto. Ozawa is the conductor with the LSO for the Prokofiev and Halffter himself with Orchestre National de France. CD 5 from 1988 and 1990 features Jolivet's second cello concerto, Shostakovich's first cello concerto and the relatively obscure cello concerto from Moret. We have a mixture of orchestras and conductors on this CD.
CD 6 from 1987 and 1990 offers up Milhaud's cello concerto 1, "Noctis Equi" from Hoddinott under Kent Nagano with the LSO and Penderecki's second cello concerto under the composers baton with the Philharmonia. CD7 has works from Honegger, Gagneaux, and Shchedrin and was a Teldec release from 1995 For Rostropovich [IMPORT]. The conductors are Nagano and Ozawa again.
CD8 features Landowski works from 1984 under the composer's or Rostropovich's baton and CD9 an interesting piece from the new-to-me Alexander Knaifel called "Chapter Eight". This is based on the biblical "Song of Songs" and was written in 1995 for Rostropovich, like many of the works in the box.Knaifel - Make Me Drunk with Your Kisses is the original release.
In summary, we have a mixed bag of works from many different stylistic perspectives, all featuring one of the great masters of the cello. A worthwhile "dip into" puchase, nice box, good (albeit brief) notes, no texts for any of the sung works.