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"Celebrating Slava!" - Four CDs with 27 live concert recordings in remembrance of Mstislav Rostropovich


27 April 2008 is the first anniversary of the death of the great cellist, humanist and world citizen Mstislav Rostropovich. To mark this occasion Kronberg Academy is releasing a commemorative CD Box Set with 27 live concert recordings. The four CDs contain 27 works which are dedicated to Rostropovich or which he composed, initiated or premiered. They were recording during the Cello Festival in October last year, which was dedicated to the world class musician. He died on 27 April 2007, exactly one month after his 80th birthday. The works are interpreted by world-famous cellists and exceptionally gifted up-and-coming young musicians.

The CD set "Celebrating Slava!" includes works by Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Henri Dutilleux, Hans-Werner Henze, Romualds Kalsons, Witold Lutoslawski, Nikolai Miaskovsky, Astor Piazzolla, Sergei Prokofiev, Yuri Schaporin, Alfred Schnittke and Sir William Walton and two world premieres of works by Rodion Shchedrin and Giya Kancheli.

The numbers 4 - four CDs - and 27 - 27 works - have a special symbolism in connection with Mstislav Rostropovich. He was born on 27 March 1927 and died on 27 April 2007. The dates of his birth and death thus contain for times the number 27.

Galina Vishnevskaya, Mstislav Rostropovich's widow, and his daughter Elena Rostropovich see the CD set as a unique testimony to the faithful affection of Rostropovich's artistic friends and his creative power. It is being released in the Kronberg Academy CD series on the "PROFIL Edition Günter Hänssler" label and is on sale worldwide at the price of EUR 49.95. The recordings were made in cooperation with the Hessicher Rundfunk, Kronberg Academy's media partner.

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