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Rostropovich: Britten Cello Symphony - London (CS 6419), fine copy
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May 27, 2013
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Speed: 33 RPM
Genre: Classical Record Size: 12"
Sub-Genre: Concerto Duration: LP

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This handsome LP – a fine collector's copy – from London (CS 6419, English pressing, red/silver NB FFSS "STEREOPHONIC" label, original inner sleeve and insert included) features Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjanim Britten's famous accounts of the latter's Symphony for Cello and Orchestra Op. 68 and Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major H 7b No. 1 (with cadenzas penned by Britten himself).


In both works, Britten himself conducts the estimable English Chamber Orchestra.


The Britten was recorded in the fabled acoustics of London's Kingsway Hall, while the Haydn was set down at Decca's West Hampstead Studio, London on 16 July 1965. Both recordings were produced by the great John Culshaw and engineered by Gordon Parry.


Wrote critic M.K. in his September 1989 review for The Gramophone: "It cannot be denied; good as the recent recordings of Britten's Cello Symphony have been (YoYo Ma on CBS outstandingly good), interestingly varied though the interpretations of this elusive work are, the composer's own recording with Rostropovich, here transferred triumphantly to CD, surpasses them all. Under his direction, its tragic brooding, angry intensity and final, slightly unconvincing jubilation coalesce into a compelling and sombre experience. He made the ECO play with an almost tangible tension.


"Then, of course, there is Rostropovich himself. It is not merely his big tone, dictating terms and dominating climaxes, but that steely, precise pizzicato and the wonderful pianissimo playing. In the quiet sections he and Britten conspire together to create an extraordinary atmosphere of mystery and imminent tragedy. When the almost vulgar trumpet tune erupts in the finale, the release of tension is phenomenal. Perhaps, if one is to be hypercritical, the orchestral playing is occasionally ragged, but the whole point of this performance is that one senses that this is how the music sounded in its creator's mind and for that reason alone this recording is a pearl without price.."


There are been few more inspired partnerships than this – truly a gramophone classic.



The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.


The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is minor bumping at corners, as well as some mild discoloration (mostly to the rear panel). However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners' markings, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and very striking in appearance – overall, an excellent collector's copy.


The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely CD silent, in general the playback is superb - overall, a truly excellent collector's copy.

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