Fri, Nov 09, 2001 - Page 7 News List

The two lives of master cellist Mischa Maisky

By Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTER

"I must confess it was not just like going anywhere else. It was different. I never felt any particular sentiments or nostalgia, God forbid, but I still remember growing up there," explains the cellist. "I had mixed feelings about the people but the audiences were very appreciative and I enjoyed playing there."

There he not only performed with the Russian National Orchestra but was also asked by the prestigious classical label, Deutsche Grammophon, to record a series of works by renowned Russian composers Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Miaskovsky. Maisky has recorded over 35 solo and collaborative albums for the Deutsche label to date, and is planning many more.

"I don't think I can yet point to one record as my favorite. I like to think that my next one will be, but I'm still growing and will continue to release albums until I have a favorite one," continues Maisky. "Which could take sometime."

While now based in Belgium, Maisky continues to travel extensively and perform both solo and with national orchestras. While orchestral performances are now part-and-parcel of his career, Maisky finds it rather restricting and prefers to perform with a more intimate number of performers.

"I don't really get on with orchestras. I find playing with a large group restricts me and doesn't allow me to create the sound I want," concludes Maisky.

For his upcoming shows in Kaohsiung and Taipei, local audiences will be treated to a, thankfully, unrestricted performance by Maisky. Joined on stage by Argentinean pianist Sergio Tiempo, the duo will be performing Mendelssohn's Sonata No.2 in D major, Shostakovich's Sonata in D minor and Chopin's Sonata in G minor.

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