Celebrating the 90th birthday of MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH (1927 - 2007)


Outstanding works written for the legendary cellist performed with comments by his noted student, prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant,  

YOSIF FEIGELSON  www.yfeigelson.com       

Music by Sergey Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten, Aram Khachaturian,Boris Tchaikovsky & Mieczyslaw Weinberg.Some works were commissioned by Rostropovich himself, some - remained only dedicated to him as a performer. Mr. Feigelson offered a fascinating glimpse into the story behind the music spiced by observations of his famous teacher in everyday life.                                                                

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm          

St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church / 727 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001                               

Sunday, March 19th 2017 at 2:00 pm

Old Zion Lutheran Church   /   628 North Broad Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19130

Sunday, March 26th 2017 at 3:00 pm

Christ and Saint Stephen's Church /120 W 69th Street, New York, N.Y. 10023 

From REVIEW by Richard Pleak, a free-lance writer, NYC.                                Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, and a member of the Shostakovich Society and the Weinberg Society.

On the eve of Mstislav Rostropovich’s 90th birthday, eminent cellist Yosif Feigelson paid tribute to his teacher with a solo cello concert in NYC of works written for Slava.  Feigelson introduced each of the works with remarks about Rostropovich, the composer, and the music, amusingly delivered through a megaphone, as the venue’s public address system was out of order. For this concert, Feigelson started with Prokofiev’s Andante from his unfinished sonata, op. 133, 1952.  Britten’s very inventive Suite for Cello No. 1, op 72 (1965) was next. Weinberg’s solo cello works were given their US premieres and world premiere recordings by Feigelson, using the original manuscripts sent to him by Weinberg’s family. His performance today of Weinberg Sonata No. 3 was a treasure. Concluding the concert was an amazing Khachaturian’s Sonata-Fantasy for Cello, 1974. Throughout this tribute-concert, Feigelson’s playing and interpretations were superb. 


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