Celebrating Slava: In Remembrance of Mstislav Rostropovich | Profil PH08029

Celebrating Slava: In Remembrance of Mstislav Rostropovich

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Label: Profil

Cat No: PH08029

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Release Date: 31st August 2008

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Mstislav Rostropovich’s life as a musician was one of incredible creative power. Profil are delighted to present 27 works on four CDs – all of them inspired by the artist and human being Mstislav Rostropovich, either once dedicated to him or premiered by him.

They have been recorded on these four CDs as a lasting homage to the maestro.

The live recordings are taken from the eighth Kronberg Cello Festival “in remembrance – celebrating Slava” in 2007, where friends, former students and companions of Mstislav Rostropovich gathered to honour his memory and celebrate a unique artist.

Contents:
CD 1
William Walton: Passacaglia for solo cello C 98, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Sebastian Hess (cello)
Giya Kancheli: “Nach dem Weinen” for solo cello, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Julius Berger (cello)
Henri Dutilleux: 3 Strophes sur le nom de Paul Sacher, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), László Fenyö (cello)
Alfred Schmittke: Improvisation for solo cello, (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, work commissioned for the Rostropovich Cello Competition, Paris), Eun-Sun Hong (cello) (Concert by young artists)
Witold Lutoslawski: Sacher Variations, (premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) (Concert by young artists)
Benjamin Britten: Cello Suite No 2 in D Major Op. 80, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Miklós Perényi (cello)

CD 2
Alfred Schnittke: Minuet for String Trio, (premiered by Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Mstislav Rostropovich), Gidon Kremer (violin), Ula Ulijona Zebriunaite (viola), David Geringas (cello)
Sergei Prokofiev: Valse from “Cinderella” (arranged for violoncello and piano by Mstislav Rostropovich), Lynn Harrell (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
Sergei Prokofiev: March from “The Love for three Oranges” (arranged for violoncello and piano by Mstislav Rostropovich), Lynn Harrell (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
Mstislav Rostropovich: Humoresque Op. 5, Gabriel Schwabe (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
Mstislav Rostropovich: Etude for solo cello, Young-Chang Cho (cello)
Claude Debussy: Nocturne et Scherzo, (premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Gary Hoffman (cello), David Selig (piano)
Astor Piazzolla: Grand Tango, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Young Chang Cho (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
Giya Kancheli: With a Smile for Slava, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Mischa Maisky (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
Yuri Shaporin: The Russian Song and Scherzo, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Andreas Brantelid (cello), Pavel Gililov, (piano)
Alfred Schnittke: Musica Nostalgica, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Arto Noras (cello), Ralf Gothóni (piano)
Benjamin Britten: Sonata for violoncello and piano in CMajor Op. 65, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Natalia Gutman (cello), Viacheslav Poprugin (piano)

CD 3
Alfred Schnittke: Epilogue from the ballet “Peer Gynt”, (arranged by Alfred Schnittke for piano, cello and tape-recorder, dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), David Geringas (cello), Jascha Nemtsov (piano)
Nikolai Miaskovsky: Cello Sonata No 2, (dedicated to and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Natalia Gutman (cello), Viacheslav Poprugin (piano)
Sergei Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in CMajor Op. 119, (premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Andreas Brantelid (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)

CD 4
Rodion Shchedrin: Slava! Slava! Ein festliches Glockengeläut, (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich on his 70th birthday), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Neeme Järvi, conductor
Hans-Werner Henze: Trauerode fürMargret Geddes, for cello sextet, (premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich and Cellissimo in 1997), Cellissimo*
Sergei Prokofiev: Second Movement of the Concertino in GMinor, (arranged for cello sextet and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich and Cellissimo in 1999) , Cellissimo*
Rodion Shchedrin: “Na pososhok...” (“One for the road...”) (in remembrance of Slava, for six violoncelli and treble recorder),  Cellissimo*, Sabine Ambos (recorder) World Premiere
Romualds Kalsons: Aluzija for two solo celli, cello ensemble, harp and percussion, (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich), Monika Leskovar (cello), Giovanni Sollima (cello), Cellissimo**, Lucianne Brady (harp), Andrei Pushkarev (percussion), David Geringas, conductor
Leonard Bernstein: Three Meditations from “Mass” for cello, (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich), Gary Hoffman (cello) Kremerata Baltica, David Geringas, conductor
Giya Kancheli: Silent Prayer, (dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich on his 80th birthday and to Gidon Kremer on his 60th birthday), Gidon Kremer (violin), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello), Kremerata Baltica World Premiere


* Julius Berger, László Fenyö, Sebastian Hess, Wolfgang Lehner, Wolfgang Tiepold, Raimund Trenkler
** Yi-Bing Chu, Sebastian Hess, Wolfgang Lehner, Raimund Trenkler

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