The Resource Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy, Philippe Truffault, director ; Ideale Audience, IMG Artists, BBC

Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy, Philippe Truffault, director ; Ideale Audience, IMG Artists, BBC

Label
Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy
Title
Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy
Statement of responsibility
Philippe Truffault, director ; Ideale Audience, IMG Artists, BBC
Contributor
Conductor
Film director
Instrumentalist
Production company
Subject
Language
  • fre
  • fre
Summary
From Bach to Shostakovich, all the facets of the genius of Rostropovich. "A very bright star illuminating a galaxy of geniuses," this is how, as his former student, French violinist Xavier Phillips described him. Mstislav Rostropovich illuminated the 20th century with his talent that went beyond the mastery of his instrument. Born in 1927 in Baku, Azerbaijan, his mother taught him the piano and his father the cello. At the Moscow Conservatory he studied piano, cello, conducting and composition with his teachers Shostakovich and Prokofiev. He gave his first concert at fifteen then won First Prize at the Moscow General competition and at the Prague and Budapest competitions in 1947 and 1949. In 1955, he married Galina Vichnyevskaya, a soprano at the Bolshoi. As he reaches celebrity status, he resists the Soviet regime by supporting Solzhenitsyn, and is subjected to much harassment. In 1974, he and his wife are authorized to leave the USSR and they arrive in Paris. It is certainly these difficult periods which helped form his moral conscience and led him to intervening in the course of history: the photo of him in front of the Berlin wall playing a Bach suite in 1989 has traveled around the world. His name will also be definitively linked with the history of music through the incredible number of works he inspired and premiered, including the Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra, written for him by Shostakovitch and that we hear in this film. Rostropovich had to wait many years before the composer created a piece for him. But in 1959, when hearing him in Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto, Shostakovitch decided to write for him the Concerto No. 1, which is premiered by Rostropovich the same year. The film reveals several facets of his talent as a cellist (he was also a wonderful orchestra conductor who loved opera). He appears first solo, in 1962, on French television in Paris, where he interprets the two bourrées from Bach's Cello Suite No. 3: works that will accompany his entire career and which he will record in the Basilica in Vézelay. We then discover his talents in chamber music, in 1970 in Paris, accompanied by Vasso Devetzi in a rare piece: the Twelve Variations on a theme from Mozart's Magic Flute. A year beforehand, in 1969, in Paris, in the company of Bruno Rigutto, he virtually gives a second premiere to the Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy, an early work remained unknown in France until this first audition at the television studios. Lastly, the Pièce de résistance of the programme, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 recorded in 1961, for British television, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Groves: The work, fashioned to match the fabulous talent of the man it was dedicated to, explodes from the first measures like a huge wave drowning everything before it
Cataloging source
FRMTV
Characteristic
videorecording
Date of event
1961, 1962, 1969, and 1970
Language note
Introduction in French
Other event information
Recorded
PerformerNote
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello ; Vasso Devetzi, Bruno Rigutto, piano ; London Symphony Orchestra ; Sir Charles Groves, conductor
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1927-2007
  • 1915-1992
  • 1685-1750
  • 1685-1750
  • 1770-1827
  • 1862-1918
  • 1906-1975
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Truffault, Philippe
  • Rostropovich, Mstislav
  • Devetzi, Vasso
  • Rigutto, Bruno
  • Groves, Charles
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Debussy, Claude
  • Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Idéale Audience International
  • IMG Artists (Firm)
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
Runtime
51
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Suites (Cello)
  • Variations (Cello)
  • Cello and piano music
  • Concertos (Cello)
Technique
live action
Label
Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy, Philippe Truffault, director ; Ideale Audience, IMG Artists, BBC
Link
https://www.vpl.ca/ext/scripts/auth/index.php?resource=MediciTv&assetid=movies/mstislav-rostropovich-shostakovich-cello-concerto-no1-bach-beethoven-debussy
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cello suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009. Bourrée I-II / Johann Sebastian Bach -- Twelve variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, op. 66 / Ludwig van Beethoven -- Nocturne et Scherzo for cello and piano / Claude Debussy -- Cello concerto no. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107 / Dmitri Shostakovich
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (50 min., 36 sec.))
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unknown
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online
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
sound, color.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
49
System control number
  • ocn956370534
  • (OCoLC)956370534
Video recording format
other
Label
Mstislav Rostropovich plays Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy, Philippe Truffault, director ; Ideale Audience, IMG Artists, BBC
Link
https://www.vpl.ca/ext/scripts/auth/index.php?resource=MediciTv&assetid=movies/mstislav-rostropovich-shostakovich-cello-concerto-no1-bach-beethoven-debussy
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cello suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009. Bourrée I-II / Johann Sebastian Bach -- Twelve variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, op. 66 / Ludwig van Beethoven -- Nocturne et Scherzo for cello and piano / Claude Debussy -- Cello concerto no. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107 / Dmitri Shostakovich
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (50 min., 36 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
sound, color.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
49
System control number
  • ocn956370534
  • (OCoLC)956370534
Video recording format
other

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