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A Tribute to Rudolf Barshai (20 CD set)


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Sir Thomas Allen
Zara Dolukhanova
Emil Gilels
Sviatoslav Knushevitsky
Leonid Kogan
Yevgeny Nesterenko
Tatiana Nikolayeva
David Oistrakh
Mstislav Rostropovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
Julian Sitkovetsky
Heinrich Talalyan

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Rudolf Barshai is one of the great Russian musicians of the twentieth century. Both as a viola player and conductor he worked with renowned figures such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonid Kogan and Emil Gilels, and several composers wrote especially for his acclaimed ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. After emigrating to the West, Rudolf Barshai became principal and guest conductor of many orchestras around the world. This CD box is a unique collection of never-before-published radio and studio recordings as well as live concerts from 1951 to 2012.

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CD2 J.S. BACH · HINDEMITH · HANDEL Works for viola and orchestra

CD3 BUNIN · KRYUKOV · KHANDOSHKIN Viola Sonatas & Concertos

CD4 BEETHOVEN String Trios 1 & 3

CD5 FAURÉ Piano Quartet No.1 op.15  · SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet Op.57

CD6 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartets 1, 3 & 4

CD7 BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.7  · TCHAIKOVSKY String Sextet Op.70 ‘Souvenir de Florence’

CD8 BOCCHERINI Symphony No.2  · VIVALDI Concertos RV 547 & 580 · The Four Seasons

CD9 ALBINONI · TARTINI · VIVALDI · J.S. BACH Works for strings and orchestra

CD10 J.S. BACH Concertos for violin and orchestra BWV 1041, 1042 & 1049 · MOZART Symphony No.40 K550

CD11 MOZART Divertimento No.1 K136 (K125a), Sinfonia concertante K364 · Rondo in C major K373, Symphony No.29 K201

CD12 MOZART Symphony No.10 K74, Violin Concerto No.5 K219 · Piano Concerto No.21 K467, Rondo in D major for piano and orchestra K382

CD13 HAYDN Symphonies 49 La passione & 104, Piano Concerto Hob.XVIII:11

CD14 SCHUBERT Symphony No.5 D485 · SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.14 op.135

CD15 LOKSHIN Symphonies 4 & 5 · 3 Scenes from Faust

CD16 MARTINU · BARTÓK Divertimentos · STRAVINSKY Concerto grosso · Apollonmusagète

CD17 PURCELL Two Phantasies for string orchestra · BRITTEN Simple Symphony Op.4 · TIPPETT Concerto for double string orchestra, Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage

CD18 MOZART Symphony No.35 K385· DVORˇÁK Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ · MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

CD19 MAHLER Symphony No.10

CD20* BORODIN · TCHAIKOVSKY · SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphonies *arr. Rudolf Barshai

Debussy: En bateau for viola and piano


Hindemith: Sonata for Viola Solo op.25 No.1: IV. Rasendes Zeitmaß


Bunin: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in G-Major, op.22: III. Maestoso Allegro


Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in d-minor, Souvenir de Florence op.70: I. Allegro con spirit


Boccherini: Symphony No.2 in E flat-major op.21: I. Allegro Maestoso


Haydn: Symphony No.104 in D-major: IV. Finale: Allegro Spiritoso


Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in e-minor, 'From the New World' op. 95, B.178: IV: Allegro con fuoco


Mahler: Symphony No.10 (Barshai): IV. Allegro pesante


Music is somehow like archaeology, there is always something to unveil, hidden at the back of an archive room or forgotten on the dusty shelves of a conservatory library. This boxset dedicated to conductor and viola player Rudolf Barshai released by ICA Classics label is indisputably one forgotten gem.

Laurent Pfaadt, Hebdoscope (June 2016)


    [This box set] takes an impressively broad approach to how many of Barshai’s accomplishments deserve tribute. [...]
    The recent ICA Classics release does an impressive job of covering the many high points of Barshai’s achievements. [...]
    Ultimately, the collection is a document of how one musician made a life’s work out of his passion for the art. Listening to these recordings, one easily senses the satisfaction he could take in what he had achieved. It is not difficult for the attention listener to share in that satisfaction.

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    Stephen Smoliar - The Examiner

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      This is collection of studio and live recordings is a timely tribute to the many-sided career of an uncompromising interpreter who always made music from the heart, while consistently upholding the most exacting standards. [...]
      Even twenty CDs are too few to make justice to the legacy of such a dedicated and versatile musician [...]
      Here is hoping for a sequel [...].

      Journal of the American Viola Society, Spring 2016

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        "A prodigious compilation "
        Jean-Charles Hoffele

        Diapason - March 2016

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          “But even 20 CDs are too few to do justice to the multifaceted career of this uncompromising interpreter who always made music from the heart while upholding the most exacting standards. It is to be hoped that a supplement will be forthcoming!”
          Carlos María Solare

          The Strad - March 2016

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            "A fine Barshai memento"
            Click below for the full review by ROB COWAN

            Gramophone - January 2016

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              Barshai’s death five years ago robbed the world of an influential figure and inspiring musician: violist, conductor, administrator, powerhouse. Through the energy and devotion of his widow Elena this collection is indeed fitting. His championship of Shostakovich; his pedigree as quartet luminary; his work with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra – all are here. There is much that is ordinary though, too, and perhaps more objective curating would have produced a more consistent tribute.

              GUY WEATHERALL

              Classical Music - January 2016 (4-star review)

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