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# Composer: Antonin Dvorak, Camille Saint-Saens
# Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich
# Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1978)
# Format: Flac
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B00005NW07
# Size: 1.23 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Long overshadowed by the much more famous 1969 Karajan/ Rostropovich recording on DG, this recording is undergoing a bit of a rediscovery (probably because of its recent release on the “Greatest Recordings of the Century” label). But no matter what the reason, its growing acclaim is well deserved.
Some have commented that the first movement of the Dvorak is marginally slower than the Karajan recording, and this reduces its dramatic impact. But while this is perhaps true, this approach instead highlights its lyrical qualities. Giulini is much more successful than Karajan in bringing out Dvorak’s folk music influence. Giulini is best known as an opera conductor, and I’m sure his experience with singing allowed him to better express the concerto’s lyricism. The result is a very moving interpretation, one which I think has a much better blend of drama and lyricism than does Karajan’s recording.
Secondly, Rostropovich’s playing is impeccable. In fact, I think I like him better here than in the Karajan recording. His tone and pitch are suburb, like they are in nearly all his recordings. But the extra space Giulini gives him by slowing down the tempi allows Rostropovich to explore the music a bit more, adding his own unique interpretations to the concertos, often with riveting results. The middle of the third movement of the Dvorak is a case in point. Rostropovich’s playing is simply so musical, so fantastically beautiful that one cannot but marvel.
In short, this recording deserves every ounce of praise now being bestowed upon it. It is a great buy for anyone who likes Dvorak, Giulini, Rostropovich or cello music in general. I would strongly recommend that you buy both this recording and Karajan’s, so that you can hear two very different interpretations, and see how each emphasizes a different aspect of the music. Both are wonderful, and the subordinate position this recording has endured is unjustifiable.
Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/ Work on HiResMusic/96kDvSS_CCs_RosGiu/96k Dvorak_Saint-Saens – Cello Concertos – Rostropovich-Giulini
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -2.93 dB -21.58 dB A1 Dvorak – Cello concerto b-minor – Allegro.wav
DR15 -5.71 dB -27.71 dB A2 Dvorak – Cello concerto b-minor – Adagio ma non troppo.wav
DR14 -3.66 dB -23.18 dB B1 Dvorak – Cello concerto b-minor – Allegro moderato.wav
DR14 -4.23 dB -23.66 dB B2 Saint-Saens – Cello concerto no1.wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR14
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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