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Rostropovich Tchaikovsky symphony cycle
Posted by Martin Tousignant on August 20, 2017, 9:18 am
A recent review of EMI's Rostropovich/London Phil Tchaikovsky symphony cycle prompted me to find the original LPs, and I'm rather glad that I did. I found and bought a VG+ Electrola 7-LP set for only 1800 yen (about $17 US). The quad encoding left some phase artifacts in stereo, but the spacious recording serves the orchestra well. (I haven't heard the CDs but I presume that EMI made a stereo mix.) Unlike most of today's lean renditions, Rostropovich left a lot of meat on the bones, allowing truly robust orchestral textures without becoming too slack. Only the 2nd bogs down; by contrast his Manfred is the most dramatic version I've heard. LP buyers beware: Electrola cut the LPs HOT!
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