Kirill Kondrashin With Mstislav Rostrophovich And The Czech Philharmonic – 1960 Prague Spring Festival – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Kirill Kondrashin - one of the best known and most admired Russian conductors of the Cold War era.

Kirill Kondrashin – one of the best known and most admired Russian conductors of the Cold War era.

1960 Prague Spring Festival – The Czech Philharmonic – Kirill Kondrashin, cond. – Mstislav Rostropovich, cello – Czech Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

A Historic concert this week – The celebrated Czech Philharmonic, led by distinguished Soviet conductor Kirill Kondrashin and featuring the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in music of Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Ravel, recorded at the 1960 Prague Spring Festival by Radio Prague.

The concert begins with the Rachmaninov Symphony Number 3 – followed by Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with Rostropovich and concludes with Ravel’s La Valse. A memorable concert with conductor, soloist and orchestra playing in perfect unison.

I’m not sure if this concert has been available in any form, commercially or non-commercially. Like so many concerts during this period, the tapes were taken for granted and many wound up being destroyed. This one did wind up being broadcast by KPFK in Los Angeles early in 1961 and was part of the 1960 Prague Spring collection of concerts issued by BFA. Somebody managed to keep it.

In any event, a rare concert featuring a fantastic lineup. And it’s Anti-Road Rage Wednesday – so if you aren’t a history buff, but like music – you can enjoy it either way. But in either way, enjoy it.

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Mstislav Rostropovich - his close association with Shostakovich added the stamp of authenticity to the proceedings.

Mstislav Rostropovich – his close association with Shostakovich added the stamp of authenticity to the proceedings.

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  1. fremaux123 says:

    Thanks for this fantastic program and interpretation. Kondrashin remains always a reference to me.