José Bragato tribute (Oct 12, 1915 – Jul 18, 2017)
José Bragato, instrumental in establishing the cello as a solo instrument in tango music, passed away on Jul 18. As former principal cellist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colón Theatre orchestra, Bragato joined Ástor Piazzolla's various ensembles to create the unique sound of Tango Nuevo. Bragato has also written many compositions including his famous "Graciela y Buenos Aires" as well as many arrangements of Piazzolla's works.
The Greats (May 23, 2017)
Natalia Shakhovskaya (Sep 27, 1935 – May 20, 2017)
Natalia Shakhovskaya (featured on our Cello moments in Sep 2015) passed away on May 20. She was the first prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962 and long-time professor as the cello chair of the Moscow Conservatory as well as Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid. Highlights of her recordings include the 1975 live performance with Khachaturian conducting his "Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra".
The Greats (May 1, 2017)
Remembering Olga Hegedus (Oct 18, 1920 – Apr 22, 2017)
Former co-principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra, Olga Hegedus, passed away on Apr 22. During her many years with the English Chamber Orchestra, she led the cello section to perform under Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Mitsuko Uchida, in addition to playing at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. As a notable chamber musician, she gave the world premiere of Peter Sculthorpe's "Loneliness of Bunjil" with her Haydn Trio.
Photo: Hegedus led the cello section under Uchida directing from the piano in 1986. Courtesy of the ECO.
The Greats (Apr 10, 2017)
"Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century" deluxe box set
To mark ten years after Rostropovich's death and ninety years since his birth, Warner Classics has released a deluxe box set on Mar 24 consisting of 40 CDs, 3 DVDs and a 200-page hardcover book. This collector's set is available for purchase at Amazon.