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Thread #30334   Message #4029322
Posted By: Steve Shaw
20-Jan-20 - 08:36 PM
Thread Name: What's a Strad, Amati etc fiddle?
Subject: RE: What's a Strad, Amati etc fiddle?
In m'humble the Dvorak concerto is by streets the best concerto written for cello. The version that brings tears to my eyes is the August 21 1968 Proms one which had a Russian orchestra (the USSR State Symphony) and conductor (Svetlanov) with Slava Rostropovich on cello. It was far from the technical best ever but what context: that same day Russian tanks had rolled into Prague, snuffing out Dubcek's Prague Spring. Slava was completely out of sync with the Soviet action and his performance was, to say the least, intense and angry. The concert only went ahead with difficulty, after vociferous protests both inside and outside the hall.

As for the Elgar concerto, I've always thought that, uniquely, a definitive performance was given, the one by Jackie Du Pre and John Barbirolli on record. Nothing I've heard since I first heard that one comes anywhere near, and I get fed of its being severely overplayed on Classic FM.

For a very nice piece which features the cello, try Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. Now that isn't played anywhere near enough! (Oh, and those Bach cello suites of course...)

Now back to talking woodwork...!