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Rostropovich on Bach

4/12. Russian cellist Rostropovich, newly exiled from Russia, makes his debut at the 1975 Festival with three Suites for solo cello by JS Bach.

In 1974, Russian cellist Rostropovich was exiled from Russia for his outspoken political views against the Soviet government and his support for other high-profile dissidents such as the composer Shostakovich and the writer Solzhenitsyn. This concert at St Cuthbert's Church in Edinburgh marks his appearance the following year at the 1975 Festival with three Suites for solo cello by JS Bach.

JS Bach: Sarabande from Suite No 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
JS Bach: Suite No 3 in C, BWV 1009
JS Bach: Suite No 6 in D, BWV 1012

Mstlislav Rostropovich, cello

Producer Gavin McCollum.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite no.2 in D minor BWV.1008, Sarabande

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite no.3 in C major BWV.1009

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite no.6 in D major BWV.1012

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le paon (Histoires naturelles)

    Performer: Dalton Baldwin. Singer: GĂ©rard Souzay.
    • Melodies Francaises: Gerard Souzay.
    • Newton.

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