Shostakovich -  Cello Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 1 – Mstislav Rostropovich and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Shostakovich -  Cello Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 1 – Mstislav Rostropovich and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Shostakovich -  Cello Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 1 – Mstislav Rostropovich and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy
Shostakovich -  Cello Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 1 – Mstislav Rostropovich and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy

Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 1 – Mstislav Rostropovich and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy

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Dmitri Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major op. 107, Symphony No. 1 in F minor, op. 10

Mstislav Rostropovich (vc) and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy

Mason Jones (horn : A1, A2)

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Columbia

Originally released in 1960

Reissued in 2018

Tracks :

Side A : Concerto For Cello And Orchestra In E Flat Op. 107

1st Mov.: Allegretto
2nd Mov.: Moderato
3rd Mov.: Andantino - Allegro
4th Mov.: Allegro Non Troppo

Side B : Symphony N. 1 In F Major Op. 10

1st Mov.: Allegretto - Più Mosso
2nd Mov.: Allegro - Meno Mosso
3rd Mov.: Lento - Largo - Più Mosso
4th Mov.: Allegro Molto - Lento

Reviews :

That every beginning has its magic may almost have become forgotten these days, when true world premieres of musical works are almost non-existent. But this special magic still remains in the present recording of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, which was first heard with these artists in 1959. Shostakovich dedicated the work to his friend Mstislav Rostropovich who committed the virtuoso solo part to memory in only four days, before the concert took place. The cellist tackles the work dauntlessly right from the beginning and swirls the burlesque staccatos through space. With a lovely sound and quite in accordance with the title of the movement, "Espressivo", the soloist lets the melody breathe, supported by wonderfully sonorous orchestral writing, answered by calls on the solo horn.

The Finale makes itself heard with a robust inflection, which the soloist counters with an imperturbable steadfastness of rhythm that not only demands refinement but also playing in the top regions and double-stopped harmonics.

That this recording is indisputably a work of reference is underlined by its coupling with the First Symphony, which is well worth listening to. Shostakovich composed this work as his graduation piece at the Leningrad Conservatory.

Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs  5,00 / 5  , Rate Your Music :  3,52 / 5

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