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This review is from: Shostakovich - Symphony No 8 (LSO Rostropovich) (Audio CD)
I have been trying to work out what makes a Russian performance different to a western one. I may have spotted it as being the rich lower base strings are not trying to accompany anything. In the versions I like there are two levels of sound and they are separate. the higher registers are the Russian winters and they play against the lower registers. They do not mix. As I listen to this performance I can easily forget the base strings which do not have such a cloying warmth. Maybe this is what another reviewer referred to as a weakness. I disagree.
How can you realisticly have closeted reverberation in the great outsides? Rostropovich is truly Russian and not of the western drawing room kind