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Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante – Rachmaninov: Vocalise

Mstislav Rostropovich, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

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Sinfonia concertante in E Minor, Op. 125  
1
I. Andante
Sergei Prokofiev; Mstislav Rostropovich; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent
10:53
2
II. Allegro giusto
Sergei Prokofiev; Mstislav Rostropovich; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent
17:25
3
III. Andante con moto - Allegretto - Allegro marcato
Sergei Prokofiev; Mstislav Rostropovich; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Malcolm Sargent
10:01
14 Romances, Op. 34  
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XIV. Vocalise (Arr. Rostropovich / feat. Alexander Dedyukhin)
Mstislav Rostropovich; Sergei Rachmaninov; Mstislav Rostropovich; Alexander Dedyukhin
6:50
Total Playing Time    45:09
Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op. 125 (sometimes referred to as Sinfonia Concertante) is a large-scale work for cello and orchestra. Prokofiev dedicated it to Mstislav Rostropovich, who premiered it on February 18, 1952 with Sviatoslav Richter conducting (the only instance of Richter conducting). After this first performance (under the title 'Cello Concerto No. 2'), it was revised and given its current title. It is itself a revised version of his earlier Cello Concerto, Op. 58, written in 1933–8.

"Vocalise" is a song by Sergei Rachmaninoff, composed and published in 1912 as the last of his 14 Songs or 14 Romances, Op. 34. Written for high voice (soprano or tenor) with piano accompaniment, it contains no words, but is sung using any one vowel of the singer's choosing. It was dedicated to soprano Antonina Nezhdanova.

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.
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Tracks 1-4 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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