DVORAK Cello Concerto No 1 SAINT-SAENS Cello Concerto No 1957 Testament SBT 1101
plus Debussy, Popper, Scriabin and Rachmaninov Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) Alexander Dedyukhin (piano) Royal Philharmonic / Sir Adrian Boult; Philharmonia / Sir Malcolm Sargent Recorded 1956-1...
Friday 28 March 1997
As it happens, EMI's set doesn't include the Dvorak, which makes this excellent transfer doubly welcome. Slava's rich tone, rapt, soft playing and distinctive phrasing are usefully complemented by Sir Adrian Boult's structure-conscious conducting, while the Saint-Saens A minor Concerto - a delightful work crammed full of gorgeous tunes - finds Rostropovich summoning an impressive repertoire of virtuoso gestures. Again, the conducting is both expert and assured, whereas the closing selection of short pieces employs the talents of pianist Alexander Dedyukhin. It's a dazzling sequence, whether dancing among David Popper's elves or singing wordless in Rachmaninov's Vocalise.
Slava can make us laugh with Debussy's Minstrels or dream with Clair de lune; but perhaps the most memorable track of all is the 11th Study from Scriabin's Op 8 as arranged by Piatigorsky - a tender aside among passionate embraces.
TVJamie's Sugar Rush reveal's campaigning chef's new foe
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees