Mstislav Rostropovich Plays Shostakovich & Myaskovsky Cello Concertos

Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich and Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky

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COMPOSERS: Myaskovsky,Shostakovich
LABELS: Alto
ALBUM TITLE: Shostakovich & Myaskovsky Cello Concertos
WORKS: Cello Concertos (Shostakovich No. 1); Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
PERFORMER: Rostropovich (cello); various orchestras
CATALOGUE NO: ALC 1262 (1957-61)

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Rostropovich’s 1959 Shostakovich with Ormandy restores to us the original shock of its raw astringency. Sargent’s Myaskovsky lacks some shape, but Slava’s reading has sombre, lyric grandeur. Helen Wallace