Rostropovich Encores | Hyperion CDA68136

Rostropovich Encores

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68136

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd January 2017

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Etudes (12), op.25
» no.7 in C sharp minor (trans. Glazunov in E minor)

Debussy, Claude

Nocturne et scherzo, L26
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.12 Minstrels (arr. Rostropovich)
Suite bergamasque
» III Clair de Lune (arr. Rostropovich)

Popper, David

Elfentanz, op.39

Prokofiev, Sergei

Cinderella, op.87
» Adagio for cello and piano
» Waltz-Coda (arr. Rostropovich)
The Love for Three Oranges, op.33
» March (arr. Rostropovich)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Pieces (2) for cello and piano, op.2
» no.2 Danse Orientale
Songs (14), op.34
» no.14 Vocalise (cello and piano)

Ravel, Maurice

Piece en forme de Habanera

Rostropovich, Mstislav

Humoresque, op.5
Moderato for solo cello

Scriabin, Alexander

Etudes (12), op.8
» no.11 in B flat minor (arr. Piatigorsky)

Sinding, Christian

Suite im alten Stil, op.10
» Presto

Stravinsky, Igor

Divertimento
» Pas de deux (arr. Dushkin and Rostropovich)
Mavra
» Russian maiden's song (arr. Markevitch)

Artists

Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Markus Becker (piano)

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Etudes (12), op.25
» no.7 in C sharp minor (trans. Glazunov in E minor)

Debussy, Claude

Nocturne et scherzo, L26
Preludes (12), Book 1
» no.12 Minstrels (arr. Rostropovich)
Suite bergamasque
» III Clair de Lune (arr. Rostropovich)

Popper, David

Elfentanz, op.39

Prokofiev, Sergei

Cinderella, op.87
» Adagio for cello and piano
» Waltz-Coda (arr. Rostropovich)
The Love for Three Oranges, op.33
» March (arr. Rostropovich)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Pieces (2) for cello and piano, op.2
» no.2 Danse Orientale
Songs (14), op.34
» no.14 Vocalise (cello and piano)

Ravel, Maurice

Piece en forme de Habanera

Rostropovich, Mstislav

Humoresque, op.5
Moderato for solo cello

Scriabin, Alexander

Etudes (12), op.8
» no.11 in B flat minor (arr. Piatigorsky)

Sinding, Christian

Suite im alten Stil, op.10
» Presto

Stravinsky, Igor

Divertimento
» Pas de deux (arr. Dushkin and Rostropovich)
Mavra
» Russian maiden's song (arr. Markevitch)

Artists

Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Markus Becker (piano)

About

For the young Alban Gerhardt, Rostropovich was ‘a reason to become passionate about the cello’: in the notes accompanying this release he recalls being ‘blown away’ on first hearing Slava play live in Berlin. This splendid follow-up to ‘Casals Encores’ sees Gerhardt paying homage to his great predecessor with an eclectic programme of shorter works, including two by Rostropovich himself.

Reviews

... to explore the tracks on this recording is to explore Rostropovich himself, and Gerhardt’s performances themselves approach this mission in different ways. Take the Humoresque, which, while every bit as direct and vital as on Rostropovich’s recordings, sees Gerhardt mostly eschew Rostropovich’s own deliberate roughness in favour of an equally grabbing fluttering, puck-like finesse.  Charlotte Gardner
Gramophone January 2017
While Gerhardt’s disc of Casals encores glowed with old-fashioned refinement, this collection comes with an icy vodka shot of Prokofiev and Stravinsky: fabulous, high-kicking arrangements from his mentor’s Cinderella ... and a march from The Love of Three Oranges that blazes with impertinence.  Helen Wallace (Chamber Choice)
BBC Music Magazine February 2017
Alban Gerhardt’s is an especially apt homage, showcasing the Russian master’s commitment to expanding his instrument’s repertoire and popularity, at the same time as celebrating his sense of fun. ... Amid miniatures by Scriabin, Stravinsky, Popper and Ravel, there are Rostropovich’s own arrangements, including a riotous March by Prokofiev and a slidy, twangy version of Debussy’s Minstrels. The disc is bookended by two rare pieces by Rostropovich himself, a scurrying Humoresque and an intricate Moderato for cello alone.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 16 February 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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