Focused, even spare, playing from Rostropovich in this bewitching recording of the mystical Simi, by the Georgian composer Giya Kancheli.
Benjamin Britten was just one of the composers inspired by Rostropovich, and he in turn was supremely well served by the cellist.
Rostropovich’s rich, resonant tone dominates here, but he complements rather than overpowers pianist Rudolf Serkin in a deeply emotional reading.
(with Sviatoslav Richter)
This DVD (also on medici.tv), rather than the audio-only rival on Philips, is the Beethoven sonatas set to go for.
A Rostropovich signature work, this recording with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia finds him on blistering form.
A terrific pairing of two works that display all the cellist’s strengths – lyricism, virtuosity and hypnotic concentration.
Rostropovich remains one of the leading Shostakovich conductors and here wields the baton at the Barbican in a shattering interpretation.
Slava conducts his wife Galina Vishnevskaya in Shostakovich’s razor-sharp satirical opera.
As iconic a recording of this towering masterpiece as was Casals’ in an earlier era. Emotion writ large, played with an extraordinary passion.
A new beautifully presented box-set from Warner Classics, containing 40 CDs, 3 DVDs and a 200-page booklet.