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Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky started studying the cello at the age of eight. An immensely talented student, he entered the Riga Conservatory. Discouraged by the rigid curriculum, however, he moved to Leningrad in 1965. He not only won the Soviet Union's national cello competition, but also had an acclaimed debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic. In 1966, Maisky won a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. One of the jurors, the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, invited Maisky to study with him at the Moscow Conservatory. Maisky developed rapidly under Rostropovich's tutelage, launching a concert career in the Soviet Union. Maisky's career was threatened, however, when his sister decided to emigrate to Israel. As a relative of a person who wanted to leave the country, Maisky was targeted for harassment by the government. When he bought a tape recorder on the black market, he was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp. After his release, Maisky was called to do his military service. Since an exemption given to developing artists was out of the question, he entered a mental hospital to avoid military service. Finally, the Soviet authorities allowed him to emigrate with the stipulation that he pay back the entire cost of his education. The Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek, made headlines by getting a rich American to pay Maisky's alleged debt to the U.S.S.R. In 1972, Maisky left for Jerusalem.

Zubin Mehta, conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, subsequently engaged Maisky to participate in the orchestra's upcoming American tour. The following year, Maisky won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence, also making his Carnegie Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Steinberg. After the concert, an anonymous fan gave Maisky an instrument made by 18th century Venetian master Domenico Montagnana. Maisky has played that cello ever since. In 1974, Maisky approached celebrated Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who lived in Los Angeles, and became Piatigorsky's last student. Maisky is thus the only cellist to have studied with both Rostropovich and Piatigorsky. Maisky made his London debut in 1976 in a series of orchestral concerts, beginning with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His London recital debut was in 1977. His partner then was pianist Radu Lupu, who had accompanied him in a Moscow recital nearly a decade earlier.

In great demand as a chamber player, Maisky has performed with a number of extraordinary musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gidon Kremer, Peter Serkin, and Martha Argerich. Acclaimed for his renditions of concertos by Haydn and Schumann, Maisky is the only cellist to have received a Deutsche Grammophon offer to record Bach's complete works for the cello. The year 2000 was dedicated to Bach by Maisky, when he performed all of Bach's cello works in three recitals in a single day, and presented 100 Bach performances around the world. He recorded a disc of Spanish music -- España! -- with his daughter, Lily, for release in 2011.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Adagio

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: The Swan (From "Carnival Of The Animals"), Original (For 2 Pianos & Ensemble) And Arrangements
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: éLégie For Cello & Piano Or Orchestra In C Minor, Op. 24
Composer: Ottorino Respighi
Title: Adagio Con Variazioni, For Cello & Orchestra, P. 133
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Silent Woods (Klid), For Cello & Orchestra (arr. From From The Bohemian Forest, B. 133), B. 182 (Op. 68/5)
Composer: Alexander Glazunov
Title: Chant Du Ménéstral (Minstrel's Song) For Cello & Orchestra In F Sharp Minor, Op. 71
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Nocturne, For Cello & Small Orchestra (Or Piano) In D Minor, Op. 19/4
Composer: Max Bruch
Title: Kol Nidrei, For Cello & Orchestra, Op. 47
Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Romance For Cello & Orchestra In F Major, O.Op. 75 (TrV 118, AV 75)
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Title: Violin Concerto No. 1 In C Major, H. 7a/1
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Track List: Après Un Rêve

Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Après Un Rêve ("Dans Un Sommeil"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 7/1

1. Après Un Rêve ("Dans Un Sommeil"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 7/1: Apres Un Reve, Op. 7, No. 1

Title: Au Bord De L'eau ("S'asseoir Tous Deux Au Bord Du Flot"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 8/1

2. Au Bord De L'eau ("S'asseoir Tous Deux Au Bord Du Flot"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 8/1: Au Bord De L'eau: Au Bord De L'eau, Op. 8, No. 1

Title: Songs (3) For Voice & Piano, Op. 23

3. Songs (3) For Voice & Piano, Op. 23: I. Les Berceaux

Title: Tristesse, Song For Voice & Piano In C Minor, Op. 6/2

4. Tristesse, Song For Voice & Piano In C Minor, Op. 6/2: Tristesse: Tristesse, Op. 6, No. 2

Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Adieu De L'hôtesse Arabe: "Puis'que Rein Ne T'arrête En Cet Heureyx Pays", Song For Voice & Piano (Vingt Mélodies No. 4)

5. Adieu De L'hôtesse Arabe: "Puis'que Rein Ne T'arrête En Cet Heureyx Pays", Song For Voice & Piano (Vingt Mélodies No. 4): Adieux Do L'hotesse Arabe

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Deux Mélodies Hébraïques, For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)

6. Deux Mélodies Hébraïques, For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra): I. Kaddisch

7. Deux Mélodies Hébraïques, For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra): II. L'igme Rnelle

Title: Là-bas, Vers L'église, For Voice & Piano (Mélodies Popularies Grecques No. 2)

8. Là-bas, Vers L'église, For Voice & Piano (Mélodies Popularies Grecques No. 2): Deux Mélodies Hébraïques: Là-bas, Vers L'église

Title: Vocalise-étude En Forme De Habanera, For Voice & Piano

9. Vocalise-étude En Forme De Habanera, For Voice & Piano: Vocalise-étude En Forme De Habanera

Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: éLégie: O Doux Printemps D'autrefois, For Voice & Piano (From "Mélodies, Vol.1")

10. éLégie: O Doux Printemps D'autrefois, For Voice & Piano (From "Mélodies, Vol.1"): Elegie

Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Beau Soir ("Lorsque Au Soleil Couchant Les Rivières Sont Roses"), Song For Voice & Piano, L. 6

11. Beau Soir ("Lorsque Au Soleil Couchant Les Rivières Sont Roses"), Song For Voice & Piano, L. 6: Beau Soir

Composer: Ernest Chausson
Title: Mélodies (4), For Voice & Piano, ("Sérénade"), Op. 13/2

12. Mélodies (4), For Voice & Piano, ("Sérénade"), Op. 13/2: Serenade

Title: Cantique À L'épouse, For Voice & Piano, Op. 36/1

13. Cantique À L'épouse, For Voice & Piano, Op. 36/1: Cantique A L'epouse

Title: Le Temps De Lilas, For Voice & Piano (included In "Poème De L'amour Et De La Mer")

14. Le Temps De Lilas, For Voice & Piano (included In "Poème De L'amour Et De La Mer"): Le Temps Des Lilas

Composer: Reynaldo Hahn
Title: Chansons Grises, Song Cycle

15. Chansons Grises, Song Cycle: L'heure Exquise

Composer: Henri Duparc
Title: Soupir ("Ne Jamais La Voir"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 2/1

16. Soupir ("Ne Jamais La Voir"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 2/1: Soupir

Title: Chanson Triste ("Dans Ton Coeur..."), Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra), Op. 2/4

17. Chanson Triste ("Dans Ton Coeur..."), Song For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra), Op. 2/4: Chanson Triste

Title: Extase ("Sur Un Lys Pâle"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)

18. Extase ("Sur Un Lys Pâle"), Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra): Extase

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Title: Fiançailles Pour Rire, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, FP 101

19. Fiançailles Pour Rire, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, FP 101: No.5, Violon

Title: Métamorphoses, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, FP 121

20. Métamorphoses, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, FP 121: II. C'est Ainsi Que Tu Espaganini

21. Métamorphoses, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, FP 121: III. Paganini

22. Métamorphoses, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, FP 121: III. Paganini

Title: La Reine De Coeur ("Mollement Accoudée A Ses Vitres De Lune"), Song For Voice & Piano (La Courte Paille), FP 178/3

23. La Reine De Coeur ("Mollement Accoudée A Ses Vitres De Lune"), Song For Voice & Piano (La Courte Paille), FP 178/3: Les Chemins De L'amour

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Track List: Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Op. 69 & 102; Variations

Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 3 In A Major, Op. 69

1. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 3 In A Major, Op. 69: Allegro Ma Non Tanto (version 2)

2. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 3 In A Major, Op. 69: II. Scherzo, Allegro Molto

3. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 3 In A Major, Op. 69: III. Adagio Cantabile

4. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 3 In A Major, Op. 69: IV. Allegro Vivace

Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 4 In C Major, Op. 102/1

5. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 4 In C Major, Op. 102/1: I. Andante

6. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 4 In C Major, Op. 102/1: II. Allegro Vivace

7. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 4 In C Major, Op. 102/1: II. Adagio - Tempo D' Andante

8. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 4 In C Major, Op. 102/1: IV. Allegro Vivace

Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 5 In D Major, Op. 102/2

9. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 5 In D Major, Op. 102/2: I. Allegro Con Brio

10. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 5 In D Major, Op. 102/2: II. Adagio Con Molto Sentimento D'affetto

11. Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 5 In D Major, Op. 102/2: III. Allegro Fugato

Title: Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45

12. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Theme. Allegretto

13. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation I

14. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation II

15. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation III

16. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation IV

17. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation V

18. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation VI

19. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation VII

20. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation VIII

21. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation IX

22. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation X. Allegro

23. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation XI. Adagio

24. Variations For Cello & Piano In G Major On Handel's "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes," Woo 45: Variation XII. Allegro

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Track List: Meditation

Composer: Charles Gounod
Title: Meditation On Prelude No. 1 Of Bach, For Violin Or Cello & Piano With Organ Or Cello Ad Lib. (or Other Instrumental Arrangements)

1. Meditation On Prelude No. 1 Of Bach, For Violin Or Cello & Piano With Organ Or Cello Ad Lib. (or Other Instrumental Arrangements): Ave Maria

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Violin Sonata in D major, Op.1/13, HWV 371

2. Violin Sonata in D major, Op.1/13, HWV 371: Larghetto

Composer: Jean-Baptiste Lully
Title: Gavotte En Rondeau, For Keyboard (spurious; Attributed To Lully In Suzuki Method Books)

3. Gavotte En Rondeau, For Keyboard (spurious; Attributed To Lully In Suzuki Method Books): Gavotte

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Title: Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Melody), Arrangement (From "Orfeo Ed Euridice")

4. Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Melody), Arrangement (From "Orfeo Ed Euridice"): Melodie

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Song Without Words For Cello & Piano In D Major, Op. 109

5. Song Without Words For Cello & Piano In D Major, Op. 109: Lied Ohne Worte Op. 109

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Prelude For Piano No. 6 In B Minor, Op. 28/6, Ct. 171

6. Prelude For Piano No. 6 In B Minor, Op. 28/6, Ct. 171: Prelude

Composer: Franz Schubert
Title: Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), Song For Voice & Piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)

7. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), Song For Voice & Piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6): Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria)

Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15

8. Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15: VII. Traumerei

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Songs (5) For Voice & Piano, Op. 49

9. Songs (5) For Voice & Piano, Op. 49: IV. Wiegenlied

Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: Popular Spanish Songs (7), For Voice & Piano, G. 40

10. Popular Spanish Songs (7), For Voice & Piano, G. 40: Nana

Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Après Un Rêve ("Dans Un Sommeil"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 7/1

11. Après Un Rêve ("Dans Un Sommeil"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 7/1: Apres Un Reve, Op. 7, No. 1

Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: éLégie: O Doux Printemps D'autrefois, For Voice & Piano (From "Mélodies, Vol.1")

12. éLégie: O Doux Printemps D'autrefois, For Voice & Piano (From "Mélodies, Vol.1"): Elegie

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: The Swan (From "Carnival Of The Animals"), Original (For 2 Pianos & Ensemble) And Arrangements

13. The Swan (From "Carnival Of The Animals"), Original (For 2 Pianos & Ensemble) And Arrangements: Le Cygne

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Vocalise-étude En Forme De Habanera, For Voice & Piano

14. Vocalise-étude En Forme De Habanera, For Voice & Piano: Habanera

Composer: Anonymous
Title: Catalonian Song, Folk Song

15. Catalonian Song, Folk Song: Katalanisches Volkslied

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Nocturne, For Cello & Small Orchestra (Or Piano) In D Minor, Op. 19/4

16. Nocturne, For Cello & Small Orchestra (Or Piano) In D Minor, Op. 19/4: Nocturne

Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
Title: Vocalise, Instrumental Arrangement, Op. 34/14

17. Vocalise, Instrumental Arrangement, Op. 34/14: Vocalise

Composer: Fritz Kreisler
Title: Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" For Violin & Piano

18. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" For Violin & Piano: Liebeslied

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Mischa is amazing. Plays with such passion...
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I love the Carnival of the Animals. It reminds me of when I was two. We had some sort of Baby Einstein movie with footage of zoo animals in it, and Carnival of the Animals played That's how I know about it, actually.

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