Rostropovich’s famous performance of Dvorak’s second cello concerto appears at super budget price for the first time and is coupled with Maxian’s rendition of the Piano Concerto. Idiomatic accompaniment is given by the Czech Philharmonic, conducted by Vaclav Talich.
'This is a performance in which the soloist emphasises the lyrical side of the work and dwells yearningly on its lovely tunes in a way that is poignant and moving........ Rostropovich commands a beautiful singing tone’ Gramophone
Cello Concerto No. 2 In B Minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro
Cello Concerto No. 2 In B Minor, Op. 104: II. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Cello Concerto No. 2 In B Minor, Op. 104: III. Finale. Allegro Moderato
Piano Concerto In G Minor, Op. 33: I. Allegro Agitato
Piano Concerto In G Minor, Op. 33: II. Andante Sostenuto
Piano Concerto In G Minor, Op. 33: III. Finale. Allegro Con Fuoco
The Arts Desk
18th June 2011
“Listen to the opening of the Cello Concerto and the way that Talich changes the mood imperceptibly before the big horn solo. It’s all so impressive that mentioning the soloist almost feels like an afterthought. It’s recognisably a young Rostropovich, technically brilliant but never superficial.”
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