Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The genius of Rostropovich: Complete Cello Concerto #1 C Dur by Haydn

A wonderful performance of Haydn’s 1st cello concerto with Rostropovich both playing and directing a crisp ensemble.  I watched three other versions with excellent cellists who mug and agonize while Mstislaw holds an inner peace. I think Haydn would love to have been in the audience.   R walks onto stage gesturing with a pulse of energy and sits while the players lead spiritedly into the work.  Are the 1st cello and string bass playing from memory too?  I had to clap my hands for joy.

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