"Mstislav Rostropovich was one of the great cellists, and one of the leading conductors, of his time. His performances in both arenas were characterized by a direct and strongly emotional style, and the often turbulent events of his life, including exile from his native Soviet Union, often resonated with his music making. His father, Leopold, was an acclaimed cellist and his mother was a professional pianist. In 1931, the family returned to Moscow, where Leopold taught at the Gnesin Institute. Taught by his father from the age of three, "Slava" gave his first recital at eight. Rostropovich won the International Competition for Cellists in Prague in 1950, and began to concertize throughout Russia. His first appearance in the West was in Florence in 1951. In 1969, Rostropovich protested official mistreatment of the writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn in a letter that circulated in the West, embarrassing Soviet officials. Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya saw their scheduled concerts suddenly cancelled, and the soprano was expelled from the Bol'shoi roster. In 1974 the government granted their request to visit the West for two years, then exiled them by revoking their Soviet citizenship. Rostropovich became invisible at home, but a major star in the West. In 1990 Soviet President Gorbachev reversed the Rostropovich's expulsion, resulting in an emotional return documented in the film "Soldiers of Music." - AMG.
Orchestre National de France
Leonard Berstein - Conductor
Mistislav Rostropovic - Cellist
Perform works by:
Schumann - Cello Sonata in A Minor
Bloch - Schelomo
The record is Mint.
The jacket is NM.
The LP plays NM-.
A wide and very deep Soundstage, pin-point imaging with highly defined instruments surrounded by "air" and presence. Timbre and tonality are accurate, deep bass, warm mid-range and a transparent treble range. Thundering Crescendos. Fantastic detail and performance.
Some random surface noise ("ticks").
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