Shostakovich's music is a particular favourite of mine, but I had not heard his cello concerto before a performance at this year's (2012) Proms, where the cellist was Daniel Mueller-Schott. This recording is teamed with David Oistrakh's version of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto - making sense, since these works were originally written for these performers. I could wish for a bit more information in the sleeve notes, since they're just reproductions of the original LP notes, but that's a minor quibble.
The violin concerto was originally recorded in mono, though it's hard to tell - it's been beautifully re-mastered. Oistrakh's playing is authoritative and delicate, and he and the orchestra (the New York Phil) under Mitropolous make a good team.
The cello concerto is fantastic, very well served by Rostropovich's warm tone and technical ability, and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. The opening, with its solo cello introduction, is ridiculously catchy - almost playful - though there are undercurrents of antagonism and hints of something darker, as is usual for Shostakovich.
This disc is thoroughly recommended.