Rudolf Barshai Anniversary Edition | Melodiya MELCD1002600

Rudolf Barshai Anniversary Edition


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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002600

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Release Date: 9th April 2020



Unique historical recordings in the Melodiya release dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the great musician.

Melodiya has repeatedly turned to Rudolf Barshaiís archive recordings. For the great musicianís anniversary, music lovers are presented with a truly luxurious gift containing his solo, ensemble and orchestral recordings, live and studio ones, made between 1955 and 1976, most of which see the light of day for the first time and have not been released on CD previously. Bachís solo Partita and Hindemithís Funeral Music, Mozartís Sinfonia Concertante performed with David Oistrakh, Stravinskyís orchestra concertos, orchestrations of Prokofievís Visions fugitives, and Shostakovichís Quartet played by the original line-up of the Tchaikovsky Quartet featuring Yulian Siktovetsky...

To speak about people like Rudolf Barshai in a few words is just not possible. The concert violist, ensemble member, chamber and symphonic conductor, orchestrator and composer who completed Bachís The Art of Fugue and Mahlerís Tenth Symphony, Barshai combined a whole range of outstanding talents. But his obsession with search, his aspiration for ďnew shoresĒ of creative and performing activities was his most distinguishing feature; it always made him chart his own course despite the risks and obstacles.

Barshai was the founder of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, a unique formation back in the Soviet times. The orchestraís concerts and recordings were a revelation to hundreds of thousands of listeners. The familiar masterpieces of baroque and classicism sounded next to modern music under his baton. The live nerve of the time, of the great and tragic twentieth century, pulsated in the crystal clarity of his impeccable style.

The culmination of the release is a complete recording of the orchestra arrangement of Bachís The Art of Fugue. Along with the ending of Mahlerís Tenth, Barshai considered it his lifeís work.

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