Mstislav Rostropovich - The Cellist Of The Century: The Complete Warner Recordings (43CD)
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Warner Classics marks the 10th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich’s death and 90 years since his birth with the deluxe collectors’ box set Cellist of the Century, comprising 40 CDs, 3 DVDs and a 200-page hardback book full of information, insight and rarely-seen photographs.
The label was given unprecedented access to Rostropovich’s personal archive and worked closely with his daughters Elena and Olga. The range and variety of music in the box set is nothing short of extraordinary, embracing works by more than 60 composers, from iconic recordings to rarities. A number of the live performances originate from Russian tapes saved from destruction by resourceful Soviet archivists when Rostropovich was exiled from the USSR (1974-1990), and which came back to light in the late 1990s. Another highlight is the complete Bach Cello Suites, presented here in both audio and video versions. The collection also features an exclusive audio interview of Rostropovich recorded by personality Jon Tolansky.
The greatest cellist of his time, and a man of proverbial generosity and charisma, Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007) remains an influential figure on the world stage. A master of traditional repertoire with a passion for new music, he numbered Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Britten among his many friends. His ardent humanitarianism led to years of exile from the Soviet Union, but he returned in 1990 to aid its transition to democracy. The extraordinary richness of Rostropovich’s life and art is expressed in this magnificent set.
Special care has been taken to ensure the highest quality of sound reproduction. Wherever possible, the engineers of Art et Son studios have refined the sound, always with scrupulous respect to the original sources. The analogue recordings originating from EMI and Erato (CD1-15) have been remastered in 24 bit – 96 kHz from the original tapes. These are, therefore, the first recordings where the presence and definition of sound are heard in such detail.