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# Composer: Robert Schumann, Peter Tchaikowsky
# Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich
# Orchestra: Leningrad Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: not found
# Size: 870 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
At his death on 27 April 2007, barely a month after his 80th birthday, the great cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was as well known as a defender of human and artistic freedom as for his musicianship.
In a lifetime of countless memorable performances, Rostropovich gave the premieres of Prokofiev’s second Cello Concerto in 1952, Shostakovich’s two Cello Concertos in 1959 and 1966, Britten’s Cello Symphony in 1964 and Bliss’s Cello Concerto in 1970. Some of the other composers Rostropovich inspired to enlarge the cello and orchestral repertoire with works specially composed and dedicated to him include, Berio, Bliss, Khachaturian, Lutoslawski, Bernstein, Pärt, Dutilleux, Messiaen, Schnittke, Shchedrin and MacMillan.
This genius of the cello left us 2007 April 27th. For the recent music newcomers this name is synonymous of a talented musician, but Rostropovich meant for the music much more than a privileged and sheer artist. His multiple activities as soloist performer and conductor ranked such historical achievements that hardly could be resumed in this little note.
His loss is extremely significant, due he embodied the goal of a total artist. Reader, thinker, and always worried by his country, he knew about so many unsaid details of the missed U.R.S.S, and his narrow collaboration with Dimitri Shostakovich make of him a essential part of the musical History of the last Century With his departure a cycle ends. Fortunately his enormous musical bequeath stand out through the years to come, as striking evidence of his egregious talent.
In my opinion Rostropovich is one of the best cellists that ever lived, and is my favorite cellist in most respects. His playing is technically clean and clear, while still being extremely musical. I know everyone has different opinions, but for what it’s worth I am a cello performance major. Although not all musicians will agree with my views, a huge number agree that Rostropovich is WELL worth the listen and was one of the best cellists of his time.
Analyzed folder: /96kRobSch_CeCon_Rost/96k Schumann – Cellokonzert Rostropovich
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.07 dB -20.17 dB A1 Schumann Cello Concerto – Nicht zu schnell.wav
DR13 -12.69 dB -31.77 dB A2 Schumann Cello Concerto – Langsam.wav
DR12 -0.81 dB -18.09 dB A3 Schumann Cello Concerto – Sehr lebhaft.wav
DR17 -1.16 dB -24.76 dB B Tchaikowsky Variations an a Rococo Theme.wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR14
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