This historically important pairing of two major works for the cello make an enticing prospect for supporters of Rostropovich particularly. The recordings themselves have been very successfully remastered in 1996 (Strauss) and 1998 (Schumann) and this is the best mastering yet to appear on CD of these two recordings. Remastering dates are taken from the disc label which matches the rear outer cover information.
Rostropovich himself was renowned for his interpretation of the Strauss Don Quixote and made several recordings. This one by EMI with the invaluable support of Karajan, another Strauss interpreter of considerable renown, lays claim to being the best interpretation on disc by Rostropovich as well as being the best recorded as sound. There is plenty of acoustic depth to the sound stage as well as tonal fidelity. The balance between the soloist and the orchestra is excellently judged.
The Schumann concerto has never made it into the realm of great works for the cello but in this case, with the fervent support of Rostropovich and Bernstein very much in evidence, it certainly can be considered one of the best interpretations available on CD. Once again the recording has been successfully re-mastered to good and realistic effect.
This generously filled disc deserves the description of 'Great Recordings of the Century' and should give collectors much satisfaction. New collectors can consider purchase with confidence and collectors with earlier copies will find the re-mastering of this disc to be very tempting.
In summary, a fine pair of recordings successfully remastered to good effect and therefore very tempting for collectors