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Britten: Cello Symphony, Etc; Shostakovich / Rostropovich

Release Date: 03/23/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Artists Of The Century Catalog #: 62828   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Conductor:  Benjamin BrittenGennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The sound is decent, clean mono, very well remastered in this new edition--and what can you say about the performances? The Britten was composed for Rostropovich and has Britten himself on the podium before the Moscow Philharmonic (Kondrashin's orchestra, let us not forget). I greatly prefer the plangent tang of the Russian orchestra in this work to the vanilla tones of the English Chamber Orchestra in the composer's official Decca recording--just listen to the way the cellos and basses dig into the opening, clarifying their gnarly chromatic lines, or to the brazen trumpet that launches the finale.

Happily, the symphony's disc mates are every bit as fine--not that there was ever much doubt. Under the watchful and by no
Read more means passive baton of Rozhdestvensky, this performance of the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto is almost painfully intense. The outer movements radiate such a degree of nervous tension that you might find yourself biting your nails as you listen, while the great cadenza has a hushed concentration (as well as beauty of tone and sadness of expression) unmatched on disc. The Britten Second Cello Suite makes a fine bonus and is well placed between the two emotionally draining orchestral works. Need I say that this is the stuff of legends? [5/7/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Suite for Cello solo no 2, Op. 80 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 

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