I was looking for the best version I could find of these beautiful, timeless pieces, and found it!
An aspiring ballerina as a little girl, and avid theatre goer over the years, I had come to love and treasure these famous compositions, like everyone does. But, being of a professional, musical family background, I have a very good ear and can pick out the slightest tweak, which leaves me frustrated. More often that not, I find most recordings lacking in lustre. Precision, quality and interpretation being weak, poor and flat. But not here, it's the Berlin Philharmonic for one. Their performances are always remarkable. Internationally outstanding and renowned for it. Two, they are conducted by Rostropovich! Regarded as exceptionally demanding of his players, never settling for less than optimum. A chemistry nothing less than magical. And although the recording is 30 years old (1979), it has been optimised using the "Original Image Bit Processing" technique. The music is alive, brilliant and very natural. And everytime I listen to it (nearly everyday since it arrived!), I am afforded great joy, hearing further detail and roundness. A musical journey of exceptional quality and delight!