Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Richter & Rostropovich - Complete Piano/Cello Sonatas

This set of recordings made in 1963 by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Sviatoslav Richter of Beethoven's cello sonatas are the most virtuosic, the most lyrical, the most dramatic, the most expressive, the most intense, the most ecstatic, and, in a word, the greatest ever recorded. From the Empfindung style of the Op. 5 sonatas through the "Eroica" style of the Op. 69 sonata to the Elysium style of the Op. 102 sonatas, Beethoven's five cello sonatas are a précis of the highlights of his career as a composer. And from their extraordinary virtuosity, through their singing tone and their muscular rhythms to their translucent ensemble, Rostropovich and Richter's performances are the scores aurally realized and transformed through their consummate musicianship. Of course, you should hear the Casals/Serkin for its soulful depths, the Fournier/Kempff for its noble lyricism, and the Maisky/Argerich for its passionate virtuosity. But at the end of the day, it's the Rostropovich/Richter that you'll want to go home with. Like Schnabel's piano sonatas and Kreisler and Rupp's violin sonatas, Rostropovich and Richter's cello sonatas are the ones you'll want to grow old with. This is as good as it gets in this world.
James Leonard

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/

Sviatoslav Richter
Mstislav Rostropovitch
Ludwig van Beethoven

The Complete Sonatas
for Cello & Piano


Cd. 1

Sonata n° 1 in F Major, Op. 5 n° 1
1 I. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro  16:34
2 II. Rondo (Allegro vivace)  6:37

Recorded in Vienna ; March 25/31, 1963

Sonata n° 4 in C Major, Op. 1021
3 I. Andante - Allegro vivace  7:39
4 II. Adagio - Tempo d'antante - Allegro vivace  6:49

Recorded in Vienna ; June 4/9, 1962

Sonata n° 5 in C Major, Op. 1022
5 I. Allegro con brio  6:20
6 II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affeto  7:30
7 III. Allegro - Allegro fugato  4:03

Recorded in Vienna ; March 25/31, 1963


Cd. 2

Sonata n° 2 in G Minor, Op. 52
1 I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo - Allegro molto  19:56
più tosto presto
2 II. Rondo (Allegro)  7:09

Recorded in Vienna ; June 4/9, 1962

Sonata n° 3 in A Major, Op. 69
3 I. Allegro ma non tanto  11:59
4 II. Scherzo (Allegro molto)  5:31
5 III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace  8:31

Recorded in London ; July 1961


Mstislav Rostropovich - cel
Sviatoslav Richter - p

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jessouaffe said...

thank you so very much for this gem
thank you so very much for your munificence, for the share of your knowledge.

I wish you all the best for this new year.

Frasco said...

Well... having the triple concert by these artists plus Oistraj and Karajan as the non-plus-ultra (for about 40 years!!) I very VERY much appreciate this share! Thanks Melanchthon and the best for you next year!

L.O.L. said...


Baron said...

Thank you Mel ... not so much as dipping my toes but leaping in! ... Baron

DeSelby said...

Thank you for everything. Happy New Year.

stringbender said...

Danke for posting this amazing performance of the LVB 'cello sonatas! All the best for the new year!

аффтор said...

thanks a lot!

rubberduck said...

Many thanks Mel

definitivegaze said...

hi melanchton,

i recently discovered your blog and it is rather impressive !

Could you re-up the beethoven cello sonatas again ? Thanks !

BachRocks44 said...

Thanks for these.

Ariel said...

Many thanks for this beautiful set!

Anonymous said...

Hi thanks for this masterpieces, can you say me the password please?

Melanchthon said...


pepper67 said...

I'm a classical music idiot but this is one I've owned on album for years and always loved it. thanks for the cd upgrade!

Xavier Casadó said...

Gracias por este CD