Du Pre & Rostropovich play Schumann & Dvorak Cello Concertos | ICA Classics ICAC5149

Du Pre & Rostropovich play Schumann & Dvorak Cello Concertos

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Label: ICA Classics

Cat No: ICAC5149

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th March 2018

Contents

Artists

Jacqueline du Pre (cello)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)
7 Cellos from the London Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductors

Jean Martinon
Carlo Maria Giulini

Works

Dvorak, Antonin

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104

Schumann, Robert

Cello Concerto in A minor, op.129

Villa-Lobos, Heitor

Bachianas Brasileiras no.5

Artists

Jacqueline du Pre (cello)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)
7 Cellos from the London Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductors

Jean Martinon
Carlo Maria Giulini

About

This important live recording of Jacqueline du Pré playing the Schumann Cello Concerto is her first public performance of the work, given in the Royal Festival Hall on 12 December 1962 with Jean Martinon conducting the BBCSO. She worked intensively on the concerto with Paul Tortelier in Paris prior to this concert and learnt his virtuosic cadenza for her earlier performances of the Schumann.

Although the public wanted to hear her in the Elgar, du Pré loved the Schumann concerto with equal fervour, not only due to Schumann’s understanding of the cello but because it made a perfect fit for her romantic sensibility.

When du Pré studied the Schumann intensively with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatoire in 1966, he exclaimed ‘This is the most perfect Schumann I have ever heard’.

This recording is in excellent sound and has never been released before so is an important edition to the Jacqueline du Pré discography.

The 1962 live performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto by Mstislav Rostropovich has not been released before and is interesting because here he is partnered by Carlo Maria Giulini, who went onto to make a studio recording of the same concerto some 15 years later. The 1962 performance is notably three minutes faster than in 1977.

The critic of The Times described the Edinburgh Festival performance as an ‘exciting but emotionally supercharged interpretation’ with Giulini’s reading ‘full of finely wrought points of detail’.

The bonus comes from a song recital given in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 23 August 1962, where Rostropovich is heard with his wife Galina Vishnevskaya and seven cellos from the LSO in the Aria from Villa Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras, one of her warhorses and a great hit on this occasion. This performance has never been released before.

This release has been sourced from the Richard Itter archive. After 12 years of negotiation starting in 2005, ICA Classics have signed an exclusive long term agreement with the Lyrita Recorded Edition who are responsible for Richard Itter Trust. The collection is very important for collectors because it has never been released before onto the market.

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