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Mstislav Rostropovich / Benjamin Britten

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Tchaikovsky
Rococo Variations
Pezzo capriccioso
Romeo and Juliet Overture
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Britten
Gloriana (extracts)
Peter Pears
The Aldeburgh Festival Singers
English Chamber Orchestra

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These recordings represent an overview of some of the headiest years of Mstislav Rostropovich’s career. Introduced to Britten through Shostakovich, Rostropovich formed a close partnership with the British composer, who was inspired several major cello compositions by the Russian cellist. This special relationship is evident here in their collaborative performances from the opening concert of the new Snape Maltings Concert Hall, which includes rare audiovisual footage of the Maltings before it was destroyed by fire in 1969 and rebuilt.

ICAD 5025


1 Introduction to ICA Classics 2.58

 

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893

Variations on a Rococo Theme op.33

2 Moderato assai quasi andante 1.39

3 Tema: Moderato semplice 1.40

4 Variazione I: Tempo del Tema 0.52

5 Variazione II: Tempo del Tema 1.18

6 Variazione III: Andante sostenuto 3.42

7 Variazione IV: Andante grazioso 1.50

8 Variazione V: Allegro moderato 3.16

9 Variazione VI: Andante 2.46

10 Variazione VII e Coda: Allegro vivo 2.30

11 Pezzo capriccioso op.62 7.53

12 Romeo and Juliet – Fantasy Overture 21.11

 

English Chamber Orchestra

Leader: Emanuel Hurwitz

MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH cello

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Producer: Brian Large

Recorded: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 16 June 1968

Broadcast: Tchaikovsky Concert from Snape, 23 June 1968

© BBC 1968

 

BONUS

BENJAMIN BRITTEN 1913–1976

Gloriana op.58

© Copyright 1953 by Hawkes & Sons (London) Ltd.

13 The Tournament 4.41

14 The Lute Song* 4.56

15 Apotheosis 7.10

 

*Peter Pears tenor

The Aldeburgh Festival Singers

English Chamber Orchestra

Leader: Kenneth Sillito

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Produced and directed by Brian Large

Recorded: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 5 June 1970

Broadcast: Music for a Royal Occasion, 5 June 1970

© BBC 1970

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Martin Kendrick
02/Aug/2013

“This DVD includes the only surviving footage of Rostropovich and Britten performing together. It’s in excellent condition, filmed in color, and the soundtrack has been immeasurably improved”

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