Mstislav Rostropovich

MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH

CELLIST OF THE CENTURY

24th March 2017

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Cellist of the Century

In March 2017, Warner Classics marks the 10th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich’s death and 90 years since his birth with the deluxe collectors’ box set Cellist of the Century, comprising 40 CDs, 3 DVDs and a 200-page hardback book.

The label was given unprecedented access to Rostropovich’s personal archive and worked closely with his daughters Elena and Olga. The range and variety of music in the box set is nothing short of extraordinary, embracing works by more than 60 composers, from iconic recordings to rarities. A number of the live performances originate from Russian tapes saved from destruction by resourceful Soviet archivists when Rostropovich was exiled from the USSR (1974-1990), and which came back to light in the late 1990s. Another highlight is the complete Bach Cello Suites, presented here in both audio and video versions. The collection also features an exclusive audio interview of Rostropovich recorded by personality Jon Tolansky.

Special care has been taken to ensure the highest quality of sound reproduction. Wherever possible, the engineers of Art et Son studios have refined the sound, always with scrupulous respect to the original sources. The analogue recordings originating from EMI and Erato (CD1-15) have been remastered in 24 BIT – 96 kHz from the original tapes. These are, therefore, the first recordings where the presence and definition of sound are heard in such detail.

Although Rostropovich died 10 years ago, on 27 April 2007, he remains a powerful presence on the world’s cultural scene through his legacy as the greatest cellist of his time, as a brave advocate of human rights, and as a man of proverbial generosity and charisma.

“When I started learning the cello,
I fell in love with the instrument
because it seemed like a voice. My voice."

Mstislav Rostropovich

(1927-2007)

ICONIC ALBUMS

SHOSTAKOVICH
Cello Concertos

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Rozhdestvensky. USSR State Symphony Orchestra / Svetlanov (live, 1961 & 1966)

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DVOŘÁK ∙ SAINT-SAËNS
Cello Concertos

With London Philharmonic Orchestra / Carlo Maria Giulini (1977)

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SAINT-SAËNS ∙ MYASKOVSKY
Cello Concertos

Philharmonia Orchestra / Malcolm Sargent (1956)

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RICHARD STRAUSS
Don Quixote

With Ulrich Koch, viola BPO / Karajan (1975)

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BRAHMS ∙ POPPER ∙ DEBUSSY ∙ SCRIABIN
Works for Cello & Piano

With Alexander Dedyukhin, piano (1957)

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SCHUMANN
Concerto in A minor, Op.129
BLOCH Schelomo

Orchestre National de France / Bernstein (1976)

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MILHAUD ∙ HONEGGER
Cello Concertos
Hoddinott Noctis Equi

With London Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano (1989)

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SCHNITTKE ∙ STRING TRIO ∙ CONCERTO FOR THREE ∙ MINUET

With Gidon Kremer, violin Yuri Bashmet, viola / direction Moscow Soloists (1995)

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Rostropovich on Vinyl

DVOŘÁK ∙ SAINT-SAËNS
Cello Concertos

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Carlo Maria Giulini (1977)

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ALSO AVAILABLE

The Cellist of the Century
3CD anniversary edition

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The Sound of Mstislav Rostropovich
2CD collection

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