Saturday, May 12, 2012

Richter & Rostropovich: Beethoven's Sonatas For Cello & Piano



Sviatoslav Richter on piano and Mstislav Rostropovich on cello perform at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 30,1964.
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The importance of this performance, almost 50 years ago, has been well stated in one review:
On August 30th 1964, at the Edinburgh Festival, Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter play, for the first and only time in concert, Beethoven’s complete Cello Sonatas. The cameras of the BBC were there for the first part dedicated to the first two Sonatas...In order to measure the importance of the event, one just needs to refer himself to the stature of the musicians on stage who dominated the whole history of 20th century music. As brilliant performers, they combine all the qualities: transcendental virtuosity, phenomenal memory, a close understanding of the score, and a heightened sensibility. They have also greatly contributed to the creation of masterpieces by working closely with composers, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Britten to mention but a few. Their lives are also legendary: Rostropovich through his involvement in history and Richter through his reclusion from history.
The program includes, as noted by Arkiv Music, the following works:

1. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1

by Beethoven, Ludwig van
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich - Sviatoslav Richter
Period: Classical
Written: 1796
Date of recording: 08/31/1964
Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

2. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2

by Beethoven, Ludwig van
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich - Sviatoslav Richter
Period: Classical
Written: 1796
Date of recording: 08/31/1964
Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

3. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69

by Beethoven, Ludwig van
Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich - Sviatoslav Richter
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808
Date of recording: 08/31/1964
Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

4. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1

by Beethoven, Ludwig van 
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter - Mstislav Rostropovich
Period: Classical
Written: 1815
Date of recording: 08/31/1964
Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

5. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2
by Beethoven, Ludwig van 
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter - Mstislav Rostropovich 
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815 
Date of recording: 08/31/1964 
Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 


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