Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major – Mstislav Rostropovich, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Aleksandr Gauk (World premiere recording, Moscow, October 6, 1959 – Audio video)

Mstislav Rostropovich and Dmitri Shostakovich, before the concert
(Moscow, October 6, 1959)

The Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, Op.107, was composed in 1959 by Dmitri Shostakovich. It is perhaps the most popular 20th Century cello concerto. Shostakovich wrote the work for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich, who committed it to memory in four days and gave the premiere on October 4, 1959, with Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in the Large Hall of the Leningrad Conservatory. The first recording was made in two days following the premiere by Rostropovich and the Moscow Philharmonic, under the baton of Aleksandr Gauk.


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

♪ Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, Op.107 (1959)

i. Allegretto
ii. Moderato
iii. Cadenza – Attacca
iv. Allegro con moto

Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Aleksandr Gauk

Moscow, October 6, 1959 (Live)


World premiere recording, First ever released recording

Supraphon Archiv 2013

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

First publication: September 9, 2014 – Last update: June 6, 2017

See also

Dmitri Shostakovich – All the posts

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