A Tribute to Rudolf BarshaiMP3 Album:A 20 CD set in tribute to Russian-born Rudolf Barshai (1924-2010), possibly the most famous viola player of all time. He performed as a soloist and in chamber groups with Shostakovich, Richter, Oistrakh and Rostropovich and later with Kogan and Gilels. He won numerous Soviet and international competitions.
Rudolf Barshai is one of the great Russian musicians of the twentieth century. Both as a viola player and conductor he worked with renowned figures such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonid Kogan and Emil Gilels, and several composers wrote especially for his acclaimed ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. After emigrating to the West, Rudolf Barshai became principal and guest conductor of many orchestras around the world.