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Dvorįk: Cello Concerto / Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
 
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Dvorįk: Cello Concerto / Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme

4 April 1995 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:00:12
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  • ASIN: B004BLZI1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,368 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2010
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This is the definitive recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. The performance of the orchestra, conductor, and soloist reach unparalleled heights of beauty in a symbiotic union of absolute sublimeness. The other choice for this work is the BSO under Osawa with Rostropovich. But that performance has nothing over this one, in fact it is decidedly inferior. On that recording the BSO seems to be playing under some sort of dampening oppressive cloud. Here instead Karajan stimulates Rostropovich to reach heights that are not present on the BSO, and the BPO is light years away from the BSO in this case. This is a truly magnificent ensemble accomplishment at the level of the orchestra and soloist - they perform as an organic whole in a seemless and emotionally vibrant manner taking you on a journey into another sphere of otherworldly beauty. Don't worry that this is an ADD transfer while the Osawa/BSO version is DDD; here the sound is glorious and brilliantly remastered and engineered.Dvorák - Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By ticknaylor on 13 April 2005
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This classic recording is easily my first pick as a Desert Island Disc. There has been no better recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto than this - it is simply unsurpassable in terms of soloist (Rostropovich at his prime, there is no substitute) and a superb accompaniment from the sublime Berlin Phil, sensitively directed by Karajan. The recording is full of passion and has a number of incredible spine-tingling moments, particularly in the slow movement, and also the lovely duet between solo violin and the soloist in the final movement.
And as if this is not enough, there is also a wonderful recording of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations - it would be worth buying this CD for this recording alone! Rostropovich is outstanding throughout, combining stunning virtuosity with a great sense of melodic integrity. The orchestral accompaniment in this piece is renowned as being tricky, but Karajan does a fantastic job and the orchestral playing is light and responsive throughout.
This is a fantastic recording that has given me hours and hours of pleasure, and I can't understand why I am the first person to be reviewing it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MOGGS on 22 Sept. 2011
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I fell in love with this recording the very first time I heard it at a friends house. I was so taken by the piece that I purchased numerous versions,Casals,amongst them. I prefer this recording,but that in no way denegrates the others,all of which were fine.
There's something very special about Rostropovitch,and I couldn't believe my luck when he came to Cardiff many years ago. I'm not sure now if he played this particular work,as he was the conductor of the orchestra.
I sat behind the orchestra,so had a fantastic view of the maestro at work with his baton.
His interaction with the orchestra was a joy to behold,and at the end of the final work he went into the orchestra and hugged most,if not all,of the players. Wonderful man,fantastic cellist.
If you only buy one version of this magical work,you will not be disappointed with this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 14 Feb. 2013
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Whenever I view photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, Leibnitz's old question comes to mind: why is there something rather than nothing? True, quantum physics has changed the game somewhat but the philosopher's question retains its forcefulness. And who does not revel in photographs of galaxies with their spiral arms and inter-stellar radiance, besieged as they are by so much nothingness? Die they will but die luminously.

Likewise, I am astounded by the very existence of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Is it in any way explicable? Who can fully encompass its wonder? To what end does it lavish us with so much radiance like the Pleiades star cluster?

For someone who so loved life, how deftly Dvorak bids farewell. Listen to the cello in the finale (9'27"ff) as it ruminates on the passing spectacle of material things.

Recorded in late September 1968, this is surely one of Karajan's Top Ten Recordings. Everything went right on the day. Rostropovich never made a finer recording. This is the plumb-line as to how the Berlin Philharmonic should sound on any given day. The vintage DG recording is exemplary. Treat the Rococo Variations as the most sybaritic of sweets.

On the Day of his Comeuppance, Herbie will have some explaining to do; Faust should serve as his attorney. Come his defence, this recording could well be Exhibit Number One.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By G Pelloni on 23 Dec. 2005
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Whoever is going to buy this cd will be certainly satisfied with it. It contains an excellent performance of Dvorak cello concerto. However its status as the "best", definitive performance (if ever these kind of statements can make any sense) of this work is certainly excessive. For instance, Rostropovich with Talich is not as sumptuously played but it is certainly more idiomatic. Personally I prefer it. The famous Casals recording is, as cello playing, unmatchable. The pulse and phrasing of Casals are a class apart even for Rostropovich. Du Pre with Celibidache provides such a moving performance which, for all its smoothnes, richness and fullness of sound, the Rostropovich-Karayan cannot match.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. C. on 20 July 2012
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I am no musician but instinctively many of us have an aesthetical understanding whether it be in music or art but as a bonus this artist was also honest and hardworking and the output was outstanding and prolific. I can only analyse his work on how I feel - his work must touch many hearts.
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