Mstislav Rostropovich: Hostakovich - Cello Concerto No.2 (Vinyl LP)

Mstislav Rostropovich: Hostakovich - Cello Concerto No.2 (Vinyl LP)

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The Cello Concerto No. 2 from 1966 was composed around the same time as the highly emotional choral Symphonies Nos. 13 and 14 and displays a similar character of gloom and grim drama. The soloist presents the dark theme out of the depths and soon enters into brighter regions full of aggressive layers of sound. A wild conflict between soloist and orchestra follows, whereby the forced gaiety of the cello rages.