HAYDN - Cello Concertos in D & C - Mstislav Rostropovich - Cello -Classical - LP

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HAYDN - Cello Concertos in D & C

MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH - cello
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: IONA BROWN


Angel

USA
S 37195 Stereo/Quadraphonic

vinyl LP

Record VG++ - Mint
In shrink Wrap ( see pic) mint




1. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in C Major, Ho. VIIb/1 (Cadenzas: Benjamin Britten) I. Moderato - Cadenza Mstislav Rostropovich/Academy Of St Martin-In-The-Fields/Iona Brown 9:54
2. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in C Major, Ho. VIIb/1 (Cadenzas Benjamin Britten) II. Adagio - Cadenza Mstislav Rostropovich/Academy Of St Martin-In-The-Fields/Iona Brown 8:29
3. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in C Major, Ho. VIIb/1 (Cadenzas: Benjamin Britten) III. Allegro molto Mstislav Rostropovich/Academy Of St Martin-In-The-Fields/Iona Brown 6:30


4. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas: Mstislav Rostropovich). Allegro moderato - Cadenza Mstislav Rostropovich/Academy Of St Martin-In-The-Fields/Iona Brown 14:29
5. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas: Mstislav Rostropovich) II. Adagio Mstislav Rostropovich/Academy Of St Martin-In-The-Fields/Iona Brown 5:10
6. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas: Mstislav Rostropovich) III. Rondo (Allegro) - Cadenza Mstislav Rostropovich/Academy Of St Martin-In-The-Fields/Iona Brown



After Vivaldi and Boccherini - both of which who wrote a lot of music for the cello - there was not so much writing for the cello from the major composers until Beethoven's dramatic cello sonatas. But even Beethoven did not compose a cello concerto. Neither did Mozart or Schubert. However, in the late 18th century, Joseph Haydn wrote two very melodic and virtuostic cello concertos composed with his typical Vienesse good taste to give cello players and enthusiasts through the ages something to truly celebrate.

Are these recordings of the ASMF and Rostropovich deserving of the accolade of "Great Recording of the Century?" Maybe, I'm not sure what the measure is to get that title. But certainly listening to these concertos, you clearly get a sense of a great performance by both Rostro but equally from the ASMF orchestra whose beautiful tone, tempos and interaction with the soloist all seem to be well judged and well-suited to Haydn - whose music always seemed to be composed with such finesse and fine taste. The EMI sound also is really excellent - full and balanced.

These cello concertos feature very attractive and lyrical cello parts but also difficult technical passages that should particularly delight the cello enthusiasts. Mr. Rostropovich blazes through these sections with deft and confidence that is impressive to hear. While his style may seem at times to be "heavy," it does not mean it is all wrong or that he is incapable of exuding a lyrical smoothness. His style is his style - which is one of a dramatic and powerful tone (coming from his deep and powerful Stradivarius cello). Other cellists may convey more of a "sweeter" style, but Mr. Rostropovich's precise and bold playing here combined with the superb ASMF performance and vivid sound is a winner to me.
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