The Russian Years: Shostakovich Cello Concertos
24 Mar 2017
Other participants: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,
Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Evgeny Svetlanov
After I had finished learning Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto, Dedyukhin and I visited Shostakovich near Yalta, where he and his wife were staying. We ran through the Concerto, and afterwards I felt so elated that I wrote a letter proclaiming my admiration for Shostakovich, but Dmitri never mentioned having read it and I did not think it prudent to enquire further. In terms of virtuosity, the Second Concerto is less striking than the First, but its profundity is second to none. In the first, mainly lyrical section, there is an immensely powerful climax when the cello literally tears at one’s soul. The second section contains an old Odessa song “Come and buy my bagels”, and in it one can hear piercing pain with an intensity that is almost Mahlerian. This performance took place in the presence of Shostakovich, who was on that day celebrating his 60th birthday.' - Mstislav Rostropovich.
We are fortunate that these rare recordings (1961, 1966) by Mstislav Rostropovich have actually survived the social and political vicissitudes that have beset Russia from Stalin’s era to the present day.
Audio sample & Tracklisting
|01||Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: I. Allegretto - Mstislav Rostropovich|
|02||Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: II. Moderato - Mstislav Rostropovich|
|03||Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: III. Cadenza - Mstislav Rostropovich|
|04||Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: IV. Allegro non troppo - Mstislav Rostropovich|
|05||Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: I. Largo - Mstislav Rostropovich|
|06||Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: II. Allegretto - Mstislav Rostropovich|
|07||Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: III. Allegretto - Cadenza - Mstislav Rostropovich|