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.