Firma Melodiya presents a solo album of one
of the leading Rusuan cellists of today Alexander
A Peoples’ Artist of Russia, laureate of the State
Prize of Russia in the field of literature and arts, and
professor of the Moscow Conservatory, Alexander
Rudin is among the best known performers,
conductors and educationists of Europe. Rudin, who
was a prize winner of the Tchaikovsky International
Competition in Moscow, the Bach Competition
in Leipzig and the Cassado Competition in Florence
when he was young, has been a jury member
of some the most prestigious musical contests.
An owner of a unique repertoire, Rudin is equally
interested in both baroque and contemporary music.
As a performer, he combines elements of authentic
play with a broad arsenal of modern techniques;
and his supreme yet far from self-sufficing virtuosity
combined with a refined sense of style allow him
to turn to cello music of any period with success.
What makes the featured recordings particularly
attractive is that they were made at the initial
stage of the cellist’s performing career in 1978
to 1983. A student of the Gnessins Music Teachers
Institute at the time, Rudin won a number of serious
competitions and drew attention of professional critics
and wide audience.
Even then the cellist’s performing style was notable
for the scope and diversity of repertoire – the album
includes works by Giovanni Valentini, J.S. Bach,
Ludwig van Beethoven, Nikolai Myaskovsky and
Julius Klengel. The piano part is performed by Lidiya
Yevgrafova and Viсtor Ginzburg.