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Brahms: Double Concerto

Mstislav Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

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Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102  
1
I. Allegro
Johannes Brahms; Mstislav Rostropovich; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink
16:53
2
II. Andante
Johannes Brahms; Mstislav Rostropovich; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink
7:45
3
III. Vivace non troppo
Johannes Brahms; Mstislav Rostropovich; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink
8:41
Total Playing Time    33:19
The Double Concerto was Brahms' final work for orchestra. It was composed in the summer of 1887, and first performed on 18 October of that year in the Gürzenich [de] in Cologne, Germany. Brahms approached the project with anxiety over writing for instruments that were not his own. He wrote it for the cellist Robert Hausmann, a frequent chamber music collaborator, and his old but estranged friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. The concerto was, in part, a gesture of reconciliation towards Joachim, after their long friendship had ruptured following Joachim's divorce from his wife Amalie.

This is one of two recordings of the Double Concerto that Mstislav Rostropovich performed.

That the cello's repertoire has been so wonderfully enriched during the 20th century is due largely to Mstislav Rostropovich, the most influential cellist of his time, a champion of liberty, and also a noted conductor and pianist. Born In Baku on 27 March 1927 to a pianist mother and a cello-playing father who had studied with Pablo Casals, 'Slava' received early paternal grounding in his chosen instrument.

Rostropovich was closely associated with EMI Classics (now Warner Classics) for more than 50 years, having made 100 recordings with the company between 1954 and his death in 2007, just a month after celebrations for his 80th birthday at the Kremlin.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Warner Classics Studio Masters

Tracks 2, 3 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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