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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Performances by Oistrakh and Rostropovich, August 15, 2001
This review is from: Shostakovich: Violin Concerto Op. 99 / Cello Concerto Op. 107 (Audio CD)
Oistrakh and Rostropovich give absolutely stunning performances on this album which is sure to become a classic and a reference for othe soloists. In the violin concerto, Oistrakh makes the music much clearer than younger artists tend to. He makes the opening Nocturne sound very mysterios and a good deal more interesting than Midouri does. In the scherzo, he is able to overcome his normaly "fat" tone and give a very clear rendition of the music. Some would argue that Midori's playing of this section is more interesting than Oistrakh's, but I think it's overworked. Oistrakh on the other hand plays very naturaly without too many special effects to ruin the music with. My favorite movemement is the passacaglia. It is here where Oistrakh is at his best. He captures the tender, touching aspect of this movement and also handles the cadenza at the end incredibly well. The final movement is consistant with the rest of the performance: amazing. Oistrakh does the fast sections with incredible balance and intonation. Dimitry Mitropopulous conducts the New York Philharmonic very well, the accompnament is much better than it is in the Midori version. Rostropovich's playing of the cello concerto is fantastic. He is able to transform what I've always thought of as a boring peice into a very interesting peformance. All four movements are VERY good, much better, in my opinion than Schiff or Yo-Yo. The cadenza is very well read, although it could use a bit more feeling, it is certainly better than Schiff's over-emotional interpretation. And Ormandy cunducts Phili with his usual skill and presision. My one complaint of this disk is the booklet. It is extremely uninformative and gives no interpretation of the peice at all. Instead it talks about how amazing the soloists are (something that belongs in a review like this one-not in a cd pamphlet).
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