Tchaikovsky Recital (Vishnevskaya/Rostropovich)

Written by Michael Barrett

Associate Artistic Director, NYFOS

July 16, 2020

This week we are rerunning a series of Songs of the Day dedicated to collaborative pianists by NYFOS co-founder Michael Barrett. This post originally ran on June 23, 2016.

This week I’m still exploring the role of the accompanist, especially from unusual, unsuspected talents. Here is soprano Galina Vishnevskaya who married the famous cellist Rostropovich, but here Rostropovich is at the piano for an entire recital of Tchaikovsky. He plays wonderfully. Sometimes you have to get close to the original source and these two really get Tchaikovsky. It seems Rostropovich could make music on anything. What a gift.

Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett is the co-founder and associate artistic director of New York Festival of Song, as well as the co-founder and music director of the Moab Music Festival in Utah. A conductor and a pianist, Michael was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein and serves as music advisor to the Leonard Bernstein Estate.

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