Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
RIP Mstislav Rostropovich one of the few cello masters.
I played cello for seven years. I never was better then average, go frustrated and quit. I kick myself in the ass now and again because I absolutely love the cello. No other wood instrument can hit the lows and highs with such power and beauty.
Dude gets it. Some clearly fantastic interpretation.
Thanks, I'd never heard of him.
Now, my favorite (Jacqueline du Pre). One of the most understanding purveyors of 'cello speak. To keep us on-topic, she studied with Rostropovich for a while in the latew '60s/early'70s. She clearly hears IT.
Elgar's "Cello Concerto in E minor," Op. 85. A fantastic piece, the finale will make you either pound your chest or bawl your eyes out. Or, perhaps both.
I should add that Ms. du Pre was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her 20s, stopped playing out of necessity by her late 20s, and was dead by 40 years of age. A tragic loss to the musical world. At least Rostropovich lived out his days...
That's an awesome performance of my favorite cello concerto (in fact she was kind of associated with this piece in general). A few of her mannerisms annoy me, but boy could she play. Thanks for posting it. Made my morning.
Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 3): I absolutely love the cello. No other wood instrument can hit the lows and highs with such power and beauty.
Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 4): The mid-range of the 'cello is about as intense as any (pure) instrument can get. And Rostropovich was the best at it.