- Audio CD (Feb. 25 2003)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: British Broadcasting Corp.
- ASIN: B00006L3HD
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
Any recording that bears Mr Rostropovich's name will make me spring to attention, but this time - sorry. Mr Rostropovich's accompanying explanation (see page 4 of the accompanying leaflet) for the cavalry-charge tempo of Dvorak's concerto (it was performed, by him and the USSR State Symphony Orchestra under Svetlanov's directorship, on the same day (August 21, 1968) as the soviet invasion of Praga) under stress for an initially hostile reception of the public, may have been a good reason on the occasion, but no longer. One has a right to value for one's money - unless the buyer is a buff who wants to have a complete collection of different recordings of the same piece - and this performance is not par with the otherwise standard of excellency of both soloist and orchestra. For instance, the poignancy of the second movement is completely lost. Hadn't I known what I was listening to, I might not have recognized the concert. The normal duration of Dvorak's concerto is, actually, 38 minutes - such as here (or so, at least, my extensive reference book about symphonic music tells me) and it's the same in another CD I have of it. The rub rather seems to lie, herein,in the re-masterization of pieces performed respectively 42 (Schumann's) and 35 (Dvorak's and Tchaikowsky's) years ago: it is simply not up to present standards. The warning that this whole CD is a remasterization of so long-past performances should have accompanied the presentation on the detail page for it in the Amazon[.com] Website where, instead, it appears as a February 2003 recording. So, it's two stars less for this reason, and the other three just as an homage to the glorious career and standing of such a soloist, an orchestra and a conductor.