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Price: $125.00

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MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH - CELLIST

One page autographed program excerpt from the legendary cellist’s 25th anniversary concert of his American debut, April 4, 1981.  We offer with an original 8” x 10” glossy photograph of “Slava” with his cello.  The program is identical to his April 4, 1956 American debut program with the exception of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” which was printed in the debut program and played as an encore in the 1981 concert.

 

April 4, 1956 was an auspicious day in the world of the cello.  The young 29 year old Russian cellist, already well known in his own country and the winner of numerous prizes in Czechoslovakia and Hungary made his American debut. He was unknown in this country and rated only a small article in the “New York Times” on March 3rd stating he was making his London debut that day and would arrive on April 1st in anticipation of this concert on the 4th of April.  His brief American tour was at the suggestion of the Russian Embassy had claimed he was one of Russia’s “best musical artists” and had pushed for the concert.  He also performed the American premiere of Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto in E minor op. 125 with the New York Philharmonic, which had been written for the cellist several years prior.  He followed up with concerts in San Francisco at the beginning of May.  Rostropovich did not return back to the U.S. until 1959 for further concerts.  His untenable relationship with the Soviet government ended in 1974 when he and his wife opera soprano Galina Vishnevskaya moved to the United States with their family.

 

Of the programmed performance in 1981, Peter Davis wrote on April 6th in the “New York Times” ....his playing was just as impassioned, broadly scaled and richly textured as always. A note here and there may have flown out of control, but such things only added to the exciting immediacy of the extroverted interpretations. In most matters of technique, Mr. Rostropovich continues to be a masterly cellist, and as a communicative musical personality, he remains in a class by himself.

 

Perfect for display!