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The Glory of Rostropovich: 80th Birthday Tribute ()

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Given that box sets are too often thrown together in a last cavalier attempt to get mileage from back catalog, it's a pleasure to find one that has rhyme and reason, assembling a program that would be hard for the buyer to find on his or her own and offering a real tribute to a beloved figure. The career of cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich traversed quite a few cultural and musical junctures. He was, in turn, a hotshot, rather brash young virtuoso who emerged from the period of Soviet openness in the late '50s, a ...

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  1. Cello Concerto in D major, G. 479
  2. Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in C major, RV 398
  3. Cello Concerto in A major
  4. Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in G major, RV 413
  5. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
  6. Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)
  7. Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33
  8. Andante cantabile, for cello & string orchestra in D major (arr. of 2nd mvt. from String Quartet No.1)
  9. Chant du ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) for cello & orchestra in F sharp minor, Op. 71
  10. Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126
  11. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  12. Concert ŕ quatre, for flute, cello, piano & orchestra, I/62
  13. Meditations (3) from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano
  14. Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  15. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
  16. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 65, CT. 204
  17. Introduction and Polonaise brillante, for cello & piano in C major, Op. 3, CT. 148
  18. Adagio & Allegro for horn (or violin or cello) & piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  19. Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163)
  20. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a
  21. The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a
  22. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a
  23. Capriccio Italien, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 45
  24. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 64 bis
  25. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter
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The Glory of Rostropovich: 80th Birthday Tribute
2007, Deutsche Grammophon

UPC: 028947765790

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