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Rostropovich - Schumann: Cello Concerto - Dvorak: Cello Concerto

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Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129: I. Nicht zu schnell
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Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129: II. Langsam
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Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129: III. Sehr lebhaft
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Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191: I. Allegro
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Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191: II. Adagio ma non troppo
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Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191: III. Finale: Allegro moderato
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Pezzo capriccioso in B minor, Op. 62
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 69:56

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A historic occasion

JLamede

This album contains the recording of a painful historic occasion: the USSR State SO, Svetlanov and Rostropovich performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto at a Prom in August 1968, the night after Soviet tanks had driven into Prague to Crush the Prague Spring. There were demonstrations outside and inside the Albert Hall -- you can hear the shouts of protesters at the start of Track 4. A distraught Rostropovich plays with an honest, anguished intensity that finally wins cheers at the end.

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Mstislav Rostropovich: The Last Superstar Of Classical Music

By Justin Davidson, Contributor

In 1943, Mstislav Rostropovich, already a famously incandescent young cellist but an indifferent pianist and composer, sat down at a keyboard in the Moscow Conservatory and banged nervously through a piano concerto he had written. He had an audience of one: Dmitri Shostakovich. The composer was noncommittal about the piece, but he became Rostropovich's neighbor, regular collaborator and close friend. It was one of the most significant meetings in 20th-century musical history. Shostakovich dedicated both… more »