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Miaskovsky: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra (Mischa Maisky)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op.66
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, op.125
Mischa Maisky, soloist
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
DG 449 821-2 (1995)

Acclaim for Miaskovsky: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra (Mischa Maisky)

"... The innately aristocratic feeling the Russian National Orchestra exhibit and the classical finesse that Pletnev commands ensures a wonderfully balanced reading. ... I have never heard the Prokofiev sonority better served and its characteristically sardonic bite and wit emerge more potently. Miaskovsky's beautiful and more lightly scored concerto ... happens to be one of my favourite concertos which I often play for pleasure. Now it is to this version that I shall be turning not only for the sake of Maisky's committed advocacy but for the unforced eloquence which Pletnev and his orchestra bring to this score. The DG recording gives Maisky an appropriate prominence without ever masking the orchestral detail. An outstanding coupling."

Gramophone (April 1997)

What They’re Saying

"[The] American-Russian Festival Orchestra, featuring distinguished players from the Russian National Orchestra and a number of prominent American orchestras...[conveys] a vital message to our participants and observers, that by working together we can share our musical and historical cultures and increase our understanding of one another."

Athena T. Blackburn

Founding board member, Festival Napa Valley