Benjamin Britten conducts Tchaikovsky and Britten — With Mstislav Rostropovich

English Chamber Orchestra (Aldeburgh, 1969-1970)

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Peter Pears — Tenor
The Aldeburgh Festival Singers
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten — Conductor

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These recordings represent an overview of some of the headiest years of Mstislav Rostropovich's career, during which he made his name in the West. He was exiled from his homeland for his support of dissident artists, poets and musicians, and, in doing so, established himself as a Major international force for good, musical and otherwise. By the time he died in 2007 he had become a cultural Olympian, being awarded in that year the Gold UNESCO Mozart Medal. The recordings also offer some unusual glimpses of Britten himself.

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Directed by:
Brian Large
Venue: Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Aldeburgh, Great Britain)
Production date: 2012
Recording date: 16 June 1968 (Tchaikovsky) – 5 June 1970 (Britten)
Duration: 1 h 5 min
Production: © BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide
Resolution: SD