Slava and Sviatoslav

Sviatoslav Richter and Slava Rostropovich

On this DVD, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and noted pianist Sviatoslav Richter show us their interpretive ideas on five Beethoven Cello sonatas:

  • F Major, Op. 5, No. 1;
  • G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2;
  • A Major, Op. 69;
  • C Major, Op. 102, No. 1;
  • D Major, Op. 102, No. 2.

Also included is a solo performance of Mendelssohn’s “Variations Serieuses”, Op. 54 as performed by Sviatoslav Richter.

Richter once said in an interview that Beethoven is a matter of life and death. And that feeling comes through quite clearly here on this recording, and in fact on several of the videos below. The passion and the energy level are amazing!

Take a look and see what I mean by “passionate music making”:



Here are Rostropovich and Richter playing Beethoven’s cello sonata nº5:


And lastly, here is the Rondo: Allegro Vivace from the Sonata for Violoncello & Piano in F major by Beethoven: (THAT is passionate playing!!)



Tags: Beethoven, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter

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